Tallis Scholars Summer Course 2022


Peter Phillips

Rupert Damerell

and members of the

The Tallis Scholars

This course, postponed due to the COVID pandemic, will now take place Wednesday 10 to Tuesday 16 of August 2022

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Art and Artifice

The Tallis Scholars Summer Course in Ávila unites singers from around the globe to study and perform a wide variety of renaissance sacred music of the 15th and 16th centuries from Spain, Italy, England and the Low Countries.  The subject of this year’s course  – «Art & Artifice» – will be the way composers employed technical devices such as canons to give the music overall structure and proportion.

We shall enjoy our annual pilgrimage around some of Avila’s historic churches, giving mini-concerts each evening – a tradition that has become popular and well attended by the Ávila public.


Tallis Scholars Summer Course with Peter Phillips 2016. 

The sessions will be led by Peter Phillips and Rupert Damerell together with members of The Tallis Scholars.


Each day will have sessions for full choir for larger-scale polyphonic pieces and working other polyphony in smaller groups with the members of The Tallis Scholars. We especially welcome pre-formed groups (SATB)

At the end of the day, there will be an informal recital performing the music studied that day.

This music will be presented in a public concert at the end of the course in a XVIth century convent church.

Victoria Requiem – Offertorio  2018 course. Director Peter Phillips.

The course will take place in Avila, at the Colegio Mayor Magistral Honcala, http://magistralhoncala.com    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.

Impressions of the 2017 course by course member Eric Hatch from the USA

Student profile:

Choir directors, section leaders and choristers

Level –  advanced, with good reading skills

Scores will be sent in advance for prior study.

Course fee: €330 euros. 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 seminar will have approximately 30 hours of rehearsal time, in addition to the 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 mainly in English, with translators to Spanish on hand for those who require.

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 info@zenobiamusica.com


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Tallis Scholars Summer Course with Peter Phillips 2016. Monasterio de Santo Tomás.

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