Ávila 6 – 12 August 2023
The Zenobia Summer Course in Ávila unites singers from around the globe to study and perform renaissance sacred music of the 15th and 16th centuries from Spain, Italy and England by the «Big Three» composers, respectively Victoria, Palestrina and Byrd, whose 400th anniversary we celebrate this year.
We shall enjoy a pilgrimage around some of Avila’s historic churches, giving three mini-concerts during the week – a tradition that has become popular and well attended by the Ávila public.
2022 Course final concert
The Course will start on Sunday 6th August 2023 at 16:30 and finish with a concert on Saturday 12th in the evening.
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 around 50 euros/ day per person in a single room, and 46 euros/ day per person in a double room (2022 prices, subject to change)
Choir directors, section leaders and choristers
Level – advanced, with good reading skills
Scores will be sent in advance for prior study.
Course fee: €200 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.
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: From 1 November 2022
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, and deposit paid, 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.
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