International Singing Week 2022

Ávila, Spain

This course, postponed due to the COVID pandemic, will now take place with the same faculty and program

1 -7 August, 2022

Sacred and Profane


Directed by Rupert Damerell


I Fagiolini

Robert Hollingworth

Many composers of the Renaissance worked in both secular and sacred environments, occasionally combining the two worlds in settings of the Mass based on popular songs.  During this week we shall look at some chansons and madrigals that were used in this manner by composers such as Lassus, Guerrero, Victoria or Palestrina, gaining insights into their compositional processes along the way.

Pre-formed ensembles who wish to work together are very welcome.

For this our 10th course, we have the pleasure to have I Fagiolini as our faculty in 2022 to encourage students to develop tools and skills in singing in smaller groups and ensembles. They and their director Robert Hollingworth will also be working with pre-formed ensembles on their own repertoire

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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. Members of the pre-formed groups will have group sessions rather than individual classes.

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

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 members of  I Fagiolini)

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

avila cathedral concert 2013

The first session will be Monday 1 August at 4.30 pm. The course ends on Sunday 7 August at 2:00 pm.

Participants may arrive the previous evening.

The course will be held mainly in English, with translators on hand for those who require.

In addition to the concerts, the course will have approximately 35 teaching hours. Students with at least 80% attendance will receive a diploma on completion of the course.

The course will be held primarily in English. There will be translation into Spanish of the main points in rehearsals.

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 fee is €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.

Alonso Lobo  «Kyrie de la Misa Maria Magdalene». Curso 2017 dirigido por Rupert Damerell


The course will take place in Avila, at the Colegio Mayor 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, parking, 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 47.50 euros/ day per person in a single room, and 44 euros/ day per person in a double room.

The dates for registration and matriculation are the following:

. Pre-Registration(for new applicants): From 1 October 2021

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 or cancel 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

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