Seminar Peter Phillips August 2015

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 19-23 AUGUST 2015




Organized by Zenobia Música and directed by three British conductors – Peter Phillips, Rupert Damerell and Alexander Campkin –  a Seminar – choral workshop will be held in Ávila on the music of the Avilan composers Sebastián de Vivanco and Tomás Luis de Victoria, contemporaries of Saint Teresa, in the 500th anniversary year of her birth.

The seminar will take place from 19 to 23 August 2015, offering two concerts at the end of the seminar, on the 22 and 23 August.

Given the technical difficulty of the pieces to be prepared, and time limitations, the objective is to join together in Ávila the best choral singers and conductors. This is a workshop for singers of a high level who will work the repertoire in reduced groups as well as in the whole choir.

There is a limit on the number of places and a selection process to guarantee the quality. Pre-formed groups are also invited to apply.


Victoria and Vivanco were, most probably, choristers in Avila Cathedral together. Vivanco was probably born in 1551 and Victoria in 1548 (the dates of birth are not known exactly) and therefore it is likely that they sang together for a year or two as seises in the cathedral choir. Later in life, both took holy orders and worked as priests, dedicating their lives to the composition of sacred music. Since Saint Teresa was born in 1515, also in Ávila, they surely came into contact with her.

Another curiosity is that during their lifetimes, it was Vivanco who was much better known than Victoria, who spent much of his life outside Spain, but History has swapped these roles. Today it is Victoria who is much more famous, with the music of Vivanco  being perhaps somewhat unjustly neglected in the repertoire of the groups specializing in Spanish renaissance music.

The works to be studied in the Seminar are those pieces composed for triple choir by both composers.

This is, therefore, an unusual project for various reasons:

. Assumes a high technical level (triple choir works), which are not easy to be performed by either amateur choirs, or by professionals, without a high level and resources.

. Brings together the work of two Avila composers, contmpories of each other and of Saint Teresa, which allows the comparison of their triple choir works, knowing that Victoria was studying and working in Rome for twenty years, subject to the influence of the Italian composers of the time, whilst Vivanco always stayed in Spain.

. Offers the possibility to work on these pieces and also perform them in the same city where both composers spent their childhood years and received their initial musical training.

. Enables high-level choral singers to work with one of the most globally renowned specialists in renaissance choral music as is Peter Phillips and with a specialist in the interpretation of Victoria as is Rupert Damerell.

. There will also be a third British director, the young award-winning composer and choir director Alexander Campkin, who will work with the reduced groups of singers.

The seminar will begin with Rupert Damerell and Alexander Campkin, with Peter Phillips joining on 21 August.

The seminar will have approximately 30 teaching hours.


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The works to be studied are the following:

Music for triple choir by Victoria and Vivanco


Laetatus Sum, Misa Laetatus Sum, Magnificat sexti toni


Christus Factus Est, Pater Dimitte Illis, O Quam Suavis



There are two modes of registration and matriculation:

. CHOIR MEMBER. Participant as a choir member. Take part in the rehearsal sessions and sing in the concerts.

. NON-SINGING MEMBER. Participant as auditor. Sit in on the rehearsal sessions, but not to sing in the rehearsals or concerts.

The seminar will have a cost of 180 euros for choir members. For non-singers, the fee will be 50 euros.

The amount of the course fee includes the attendance of the seminar and concerts, and scores in digital format.

The seminar will have approximately 30 hours of rehearsal time, in addition to the final concerts. Those participants who attend over 80% of the sessions will receive a diploma at the end of the course.

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

The dates for registration and matriculation are the following:

. Pre-Registration: From 1 September 2014

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 forthwith.

. 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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The course will be held in Ávila, in the Real Monasterio de Santo Tomás.

There is lodging with full board in the Monastery residence for those course members 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.

The participants do not have to reserve the lodging in the monastery 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 monastery 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.

Ávila also boasts a wide selection of hotels and other accommodation for those who do not wish to stay in the monastery.

For more information about the monastery residence see:




Rupert Damerell


Rupert Damerell began his musical career as a chorister in the choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where he also started playing the organ, aged 10. He later studied violin at the Julliard School of New York, playing in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britian. He went on to be a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, where he studied musicology.

He also holds a diploma in organ from the Royal College of Organists. His organ studies were with Mark Blatchley, John Harper, Thomas Trotter and Naji Hakim; violin with Jean Harvey, Dorothy DeLay and Wolfgang Marschner; vocal studies with Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb, Michael Chance, and Ashley Stafford; and choral conducting with Stephen Cleobury, Paul Goodwin and Peter Phillips.

He has sung and played in many of the important choral institutions in London, such as Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, Brompton Oratory etc. Resident in Madrid since 2001, he has sung with various early music groups all over Europe, including Huelgas Ensemble, Opera Fuoco, Theatre de Champs Elysées, Los Musicos de su Alteza, Proyecto Guerrero, Ars Combinatoria and Capilla Príncipe de Viana. He gives frequent organ recitals, and is in demand in the Madrid area as a freelance choral accompanist and continuo player, on harpsichord, piano and organ. He frequently gives courses on early music performance, joining forces with directors such as Peter Phillips, Erik van Nevel , Michael Noone or Stephen Layton.

Currently he is director of Zenobia Consort (which toured London and Cambridge in 2014 with a Victoria programme and will sing in Rome in December 2014, including events at St Peter’s Basilica and Santa Maria Maggiore ), symphonic chorus Coro EOI and of the Escolanía and Coro of Colegio Sagrado Corazón de Chamartín in Madrid, and is organist-cantor of the church of Espiritu Santo y Nuestra Señora de la Araucana (Madrid).

Alexander Campkin

Alexander Campkin is a young British composer and conductor. His work has been performed or broadcast in over thirty countries. Alexander has received over forty commissions from organisations including the Royal Opera House, the BBC Performing Arts Fund and the Swedish Arts Council. He has been appointed Composer in Residence of Ampersandance Contemporary Dance Company, The Fulham Camerata Choir and Orchestra, The Fourth Choir and Neresheim Abbey in Germany. He features on 14 CDs, one of which was Classic FM Christmas CD of the Year. Alexander is conductor of The Oxbridge Singers, minimaLIST ENsemble and Artistic Director of Future Opera. He studied at Oxford University, the Royal Academy of Music and the University for Performing Arts in Vienna.

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