International Singing Week 2016

ISC2016-Logo-SP524 – 30 July 2016, Ávila, Spain

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Music from the Royal Courts of England and Spain



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David Skinner – Choral Direction


Rupert Damerell – Course Director and Choir

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This course will examine repertoire from the courts of Spain and England from the early XVIth century, including works by Peñalosa, Morales, Josquin, De Monte, Byrd and Fayrfax. The main focus of the week will be working in small groups for repertoire in four voices, and in full choir for larger celebratory works. Participants will have the oportunity to work with various members of the group-in-residence Alamire, considered one of the finest consort groups in the world, together with their director David Skinner.

The week includes various activities in the programme:

Individual vocal technique sessions. Each student should bring a prepared piece to work on applied vocal technique with the teachers on a one to one basis.

Group vocal technique sessions. These are held with the various teachers, including warmups, posture considerations, breathing, relaxation techniques, etc.

Choral Directing Masterclass with pilot choir.   Conducting students (limited number)  can study with David Skinner and a pilot choir to work on gesture, interpretation and choral preparation, using the group repertoire.

Full choir sessions. The whole group rehearses the polyphonic music programme.

Small groups or “consort” sessions. So that the students become accustomed to singing alone or with just one or two singers per part, within a small group that will work on other works of the period, under the direction of the teachers.

Students that come as pre-formed groups will also be able to work in their own group.

Cultural activities: presentations, cultural visits, etc.

Formal and informal concerts. The group will perform the course repertoire in various settings, including some of the most important churches of Ávila and the region.



 Example of a typical day:

09.15 – 10.00  Warm up and group vocal technique

10.00 – 11.30  FULL CHOIR (during which there are individual lessons)

12.00 – 14.00  Consort Groups  (directed by the members of Alamire)

16.30 – 18.30  Consort Groups

19.00 – 20.30  FULL CHOIR

21.30             Evening activities

At the end of the course there will be a public concert

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The first session will be Sunday 24th July at 5 pm. The course ends on Saturday 30th July at 21:30.

Participants may arrive the previous evening.

The course will be held in English and Spanish, with translators on hand.

There will be a final concert on Saturday 30th July. For those who wish to stay for the night after the final concert, there will be review of the week on the morning of Sunday 31 July. In addition to the concert the course will have approximately 40 teaching hours. Students with at least 80% attendance will receive a diploma on completion of the course.

Student profile:

Choir directors, section leaders and choristers

Level – medium to advanced, with good reading skills

Scores will be sent in advance for prior study.

The course organisers reserve the right of admission to the course.

The course organisers reserve the right to change the programme in the case of force majeure.

The course fee is €270. Choral Conducting students €300.  This fee includes the tuition cost and the scores in digital format. It does not include board and lodging. See below for more information in this respect.

The course starts on Sunday 24 July at 17.00 and finishes with a concert on 30 July which ends at around 21.30h. There will be a session on the morning of the 31st for those that wish it to recap the week, ending at 12.00h.


The course will take place in Avila, at the Magistral Honcala,    very close to the historic city centre. A former Seminary, now it is used as a university hall of residence, boasting all the facilities – teaching rooms, dining room, wifi throughout, recently refurbished sleeping areas, etc.

There is full board accommodation in the Hall for those course students who wish it. The grounds have fine gardens and shady areas also to enjoy in family if you would like to come accompanied. In addition, it is very close to the centre of the city, with the historic and cultural heritage that this city enjoys. Ávila boasts a wide variety of hotels and other accommodation available to participants.

The participants do not have to reserve the lodging in the residence directly, in the case of staying there. The organisation of the course already has a block booking of rooms to allocate to the students who would like them.The lodging is paid directly to the residence and the price for full board is 44 euros/ day per person in a single room, and 38.50 euros/ day per person in a double room.


The dates for registration and matriculation are the following:

. Pre-Registration: From 10 November 2015

The pre-registrations received will be evaluated by the Musical Director and applicants will be informed of their admission to the project. The organisation may request an audition or a voice recording from candidates.

. Sending of scores. Once an application has been accepted, scores will be sent digitally.

. There is a limit of places. The organisation reserves the right to admit students and the right to change the programme due to force majeur.

For any queries, the telephone for contact is: (34) 609 039 333 (between the hours of 19:00 to 22:00 CET) or by email to

The course matriculation fee should be paid using bank transfer to the following account. We ask you not to make any transfer until admission to the project has been confirmed.

Beneficiary: Zenobia Música Asociación Cultural
Banco Sabadell c/c:  IBAN: ES05 0081 0638 5600 0156 0959

Please put the name of the student in the concept field.

We also accept international payments using Paypal:

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