St Albans Holiday Choir Workshops

Over the past two years, top choral coaches Deborah Miles-Johnson and Neil MacKenzie have put on very successful vocal workshops over the summer and winter breaks.  These SATB workshops provide an opportunity for choral singers to keep their voices in trim during the holiday breaks and to work on some great repertoire.  The Choral Network is focused on the delivery of quality vocal workshops by expert practitioners like Neil and Deborah.

This summer’s workshops are on Saturdays 11 August and 1 September, 10.30am to 1.30pm and take place at Trinity URC, Beaconsfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RD.

In August, we look at Handel’s biblical oratorio, Israel in Egypt, which preceded Messiah by two years, and also has a libretto by Charles Jennens. The lion’s share of this earlier 1738 piece features chorus narration, describing the drama in a fantastically imaginative series of great choral movements. We’ll contrast several of these movements with twentieth-century Knut Nystedt’s Immortal Bach. Oslo-born Nystedt, like many composers before and since, was inspired by JS Bach. He has created a multi-layered, harmonic sound world of real originality based on Bach’s Komm, süβer Tod.

In September, we explore the choral wonders of the church through the English sacred choral anthem, a particularly strong field to challenge the skill of a good choir.
We are going to tackle the variety of terrific pieces in this tradition, from Byrd to Stanford and Walton, spanning five centuries.

Each workshop costs £20 but there is a £5 discount for singers taking part in both sessions. To do this online, after booking the 11 August workshop, click on ‘continue shopping’ at the foot of the screen and book the 1 September workshop before going to the checkout.  The discount is then automatically applied when paying.

Click here to book at (booking fee applies)

Doors open at 10.00am and refreshments will be provided. 

Please note that there is very limited parking space at the church, but there is plenty around the nearby station.