About the course
The Eton Choral Courses are week-long, residential summer courses for singers aged 16-20, which provide intensive, fun weeks of training in singing and choral music.
For 36 years, we have been at the forefront of choral scene for young singers in the UK and offer a unique opportunity to perform at the highest level with like-minded musicians.
Alexander Technique with Lindsay Wagstaff
Lindsay qualified from the Oxford Alexander Teacher Training School in 1990 and has been a visiting tutor on teacher training courses including the Alexander Re-Education Centre, the Oxford Alexander Training School and the London Centre for Alexander Teacher Training. She had her first Alexander lessons at the age of 14 whilst at Chethams School of Music, and has worked as a singer in the music profession for many years.
In addition to her role at the Royal College of Music and teaching in the RCM Junior Department, Lindsay is a regular teacher for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Eton Choral Courses and Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers. She is also a guest tutor for the Clerks and choral scholars of New College and Lincoln College, Oxford.
Guest Conductor James Burton
Born in London, James Burton is a graduate of St John’s College, Cambridge and the Peabody Conservatory where his conducting teachers were Frederik Prausnitz and Gustav Meier.
His extensive and inspirational work with young musicians has included regular visits to the RNCM, and guest invitations to RAM, Genesis Sixteen, RWCMD, Eton Choral Courses, Manchester University and University of Kentucky. James is in increasing demand as a teacher of, and mentor to young conductors.
James is a published composer, and his broad range of works and commissions have included the music for the 2010 World Equestrian Games opening ceremony, an orchestral album with the folk legend Arlo Guthrie and a large scale choral/orchestral work for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster.
Choral Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site, and we are delighted to have been invited to sing Choral Evensong in the Cathedral this summer.
Recital at Chichester Cathedral
We are delighted to have been invited to perform a lunchtime recital at Chichester Cathedral, which is relatively close to Eastbourne College.
During the week the full choir sings a wide range of music spanning the last five centuries up to the present day for the main course performances.
In your small CONSORTS you will sing a variety of music from madrigals to close-harmony and jazz arrangements.
You will be asked to bring some SOLO music to work on in your individual SINGING LESSONS and there will be a chance for you to perform any other music during an INFORMAL CONCERT.
Tutors and Presenters
Katharine Fuge, Singing Teacher
Katharine Fuge grew up on the Channel Island of Jersey, and read music at City University, London. As a respected and versatile performer, she appears in major festivals, concert venues and cathedrals across Europe and worldwide. She has a well-established reputation as a performer of great integrity and sensitivity, with a special feeling for text and language in both concert and recital.
Katharine is a versatile and acclaimed recitalist, and she enjoys exploring wide ranging repertoire, from Purcell & Oswald, and Haydn & Schetky songs with David McGuinness (harpsichord & fortepiano), to Chausson at Le Grange de Meslay festival with Michel Dalberto (piano), Peeters, Andriessen and Blackford at Winchester Cathedral with Sarah Baldock (organ), Duparc, Ravel & Massenet with Richard Evans (piano) at La Folle Journée, Nantes.
Katharine also teaches the trebles of the renowned Trinity Boys Choir, preparing them for opera and concert performances all over Europe. She lives in Surrey with her two sons and cat, and when she’s not ferrying them around with a car full of guitars, she enjoys live music of all sorts, and wishes there was more time to do the gardening and play tennis.
Ralph Allwood, Course Director
Ralph Allwood MBE founded the Eton Choral Courses in 1980 and was Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College until 2011. Alongside positions as Conductor of Inner Voices, Director of Rodolfus Choir and Director of Music at the Old Royal Naval Chapel, Greenwich, Ralph is in high international demand for choral workshops and master-classes. He is a choral advisor for Novello and the Voices Foundation, and adjudicates the Choir of the Year Competition and the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
Stephen Taylor, Singing Teacher
Stephen Taylor began his singing career as a chorister at Ely Cathedral and was a choral scholar in the Durham Cathedral Choir. He is currently an Alto Lay Clerk at New College, Oxford and has performed and recorded with many leading vocal consorts, notably The Tallis Scholars. Stephen has appeared as a soloist with Baroque ensembles such as The King’s Consort and The Academy of Ancient Music and recorded all of Tallis’s lute songs for Signum Classics. Stephen holds appointments at Eton, Radley College and Cothill House School and is a regular teacher on the Eton Choral Courses. He also teaches the choral scholars at Brasenose and Wadham College, Oxford.
It was in 1865 that Dr Charles Hayman proposed the idea of a proprietary school ‘for the education of the sons of noblemen and gentlefolk’ and succeeded in persuading a number of the town’s leading lights and churchmen to support the idea. The Revd James Wood was appointed headmaster and on 20 August 1867 Eastbourne College opened with three assistant masters and 14 boys at no1 Spencer Road in a house then called Ellesmere Villas, now Spencer Court.
Most of the school buildings are on and around the central campus but many of the playing fields are to be found slightly further afield. For example, the Dukes of Devonshire allow us to use a part of the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club land. Bit by bit, additional boarding houses were added: apart from Blackwater House, further houses, Wargrave (1888), Gonville (1889) and Crosby (1914) as well as several short-lived enterprises were opened by members of staff who bought and ran them as businesses.
Further details about the venue are forthcoming.
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