Choir

Principal Conductor: Thomas Leech


“Terrific venue, friendly, supportive atmosphere, great tutors.”
– 2019 course member

“Wonderful week – friendly people; excellent tutors; all abilities welcomed”
– 2018 Choir member

Join us for this supportive and engaging course – designed to expand your repertoire, develop your sight-reading skills and inspire you with excellent technical advice from our conductor and section leaders, all professional singers and experienced educators.

Some familiarity with notation is assumed, and our tutors are expert in working with a broad spectrum of experience. Sectional rehearsals help members to become familiar with the music and one-to-one sessions throughout the week provide the opportunity for you to work on specific areas or perhaps a favourite solo piece – the amount of time and input from the choral tutors really is unique to NLMS.

Each section in the choir, from sopranos to basses, has a dedicated tutor.

2020 Repertoire includes:

  • Charpentier – Te Deum (H. 146)
  • Monteverdi – Beatus vir
  • Hildegard – O frondens virga
  • Barbara Strozzi – Silencio nocivo
  • Fanny Hensel – 3 partsongs
  • Kerry Andrew – The earth hath voice
  • Mascagni – Easter Hymn (with Sinfonietta)

Plenty of time is included for singing through additional music, with repertoire from across the centuries. The course concert provides a wonderful opportunity to perform the repertoire, accompanied by instrumental tutors from the orchestral courses and conducted by Tom Leech.

Members are also encouraged to join in the Open Choir session, the Open Vocal Ensemble sessions (with a huge range of repertoire from madrigals and catches to opera choruses), and are welcome to perform in the members’ concert.

Our regular open choir session on the very first evening – a chance for everyone to sing together and meet friends new and old – 2019 featured the Gloria by John Rutter, accompanied by brass ensemble, organ and percussion.

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