Singing Retreat

8-10 April 2022

at Corpus Christi

FEES: £695 full board, £495 non-residential

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We’re so looking forward to welcoming you for a nurturing weekend of music-making together – food for the soul and a tonic after the long silence.

Join us for our first Singing Retreat retreat in April: a weekend of musical indulgence and choral therapy in the glorious college chapels of Cambridge University.…

Based in Corpus Christi, one of Cambridge’s oldest colleges in the heart of this glorious city, participants will have the opportunity to make music in some of Cambridge’s finest chapels, relax in college gardens, and enjoy great food and great company.

Each of our retreats includes full group and chamber choir sessions, coaching on singing technique, historical and repertorial expertise; and liturgical performances in college chapels.

Cambridge Choral Singing Retreats offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in this world; with accommodation in one of the historic colleges, opportunities to sing in college chapels under the direction of experienced choral directors from the Oxbridge tradition, and complementary cultural and educational talks, it’s also a chance to meet new friends who share a passion for singing.

Experience this extraordinary world from the inside: step out of your college room and enjoy….

  • Accommodation in the stunning setting of Corpus Christi College
  • Welcome drinks where you will have the opportunity to meet the other participants and the weekend tutors and staff
  • Iconic Cambridge college chapels, each with a different acoustic, feel and organ
  • Singing Evensong and Compline under leading choral directors from Cambridge colleges including Peterhouse, Clare and St Catharine’s colleges
  • Vocal health sessions to develop and sustain your voice
  • Saturday night formal dinner in the college hall with fine wines from the college cellar
  • Complementary cultural and educational talks with academic specialists to give context and insights

Repertoire: The Cambridge Connection:

Since the mid-15th century, when the University awarded the world’s first Bachelor of Music degree, Cambridge has been a major centre of choral culture. The composers associated with Cambridge – as students and teachers – provide a roll-call of great composers from the Renaissance to the present.

It seems appropriate, therefore, to dedicate our very first Cambridge Choral Academy to celebrating some of the great Cambridge choral composers, including:

  • Christopher Tye was born in Cambridge, and received his doctorate from the University in 1545. During the course, we will be singing his exuberant psalm setting, Omnes gentes.
  • Charles Villers Stanford studied in Cambridge, and returned as Organist of Trinity College. His setting of the Canticles in B flat are a well-loved staple of the repertoire for Anglican Evensong.
  • Thomas Walmisley managed affiliations at three colleges, Trinity, Jesus and St John’s, and was Professor of Music. A survey of Anglican church music would not be complete without his Canticles in D minor.
  • Judith Weir is one of Cambridge’s most illustrious living musical alumnae. We’ll be getting to know her enchanting take on the medieval hymn Ave maris stella.
  • Charles Wood studied at Selwyn, and then Gonville & Caius. I’d like us to sing his grace – Oculi omnium – before dinner on Saturday.

We will be seeking to create a balanced chamber choir.  Applicants should be experienced choral singers with good note-reading ability. Applications should be supported by a statement of your singing experience.

Dates: Friday 8 – Sunday 10 April 2022

Venue: Corpus Christi College

FEES: £695 full board, £495 non-residential

The course fee includes full board for 2 nights, all tuition, welcome reception, music hire, 3-course formal dinner with private dining and other activities.  All rooms are single occupancy.

Cambridge Choral Academy will comply with all COVID-19 guidance in place at the time of the course.

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