gerontius newsletter - March 2012

Dear choral music lover,

In this newsletter we have news of three music summer schools - one in Winchester for teenagers, one in Prague for adults, and the Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools. We're also including the latest news from choir tour specialists Rayburn Tours, and news of The Sixteen's 2012 choral pilgrimage. Composers and arrangers may be interested in the article on the Capella software suite.

Do feel free to forward it on to friends and others in your choir, or just send them the link to the newsletter online:

We're always happy to include news from choirs in the newsletter, so do let us know if your choir is doing something special this year.

Newsletter contents
1. The Ingenium Academy
2. Rayburn Tours
3. The Sixteen
4. Software Partners
5. Cambridge Early Music
6. Fiori Singing Week Abroad
7. Music Summer Schools 2012
8. Gerontius Site Sponsors
9. Next gerontius newsletter - June

The Ingenium Academy

The Ingenium Academy logo
Winchester College
James Davey

The Ingenium Academy is a three-week residential programme for 14-18 year old musicians from all over the world. Based at Winchester College, we invite talented young people to share their passion for music and to deepen this in a supportive, fun and educational environment.

We offer our students a unique musical and cultural experience with exclusive tuition from world renowned musicians and the opportunity to meet like-minded friends from all over the world.

Our faculty includes names from the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and multi-grammy award winning a cappella group The Swingle Singers.

During their three weeks with us, students rehearse and perform a diverse and challenging array of repertoire and discover new genres of music through our broad range of workshops. In addition to the enriching musical curriculum, students also uncover historic Britain in the glorious city of Winchester, enjoy day trips to nearby London and take part in a variety of social activities.

Our vocal programme is for 14-18 year olds who love to sing, are keen to develop their choral technique, improve their ensemble singing and explore a diverse range of vocal styles including chamber, gospel, contemporary a cappella and vocal percussion.

We offer an invaluable experience and an unforgettable summer, and would be delighted to hear from any students wanting to sing at The Ingenium Academy. We have a range of financial aid and scholarships available.

For more information please visit

Rayburn Tours

The perfect tour for any style choir...
For over 45 years we have worked with a variety of choirs, from cathedral choirs to show choirs and school choirs to community choirs and if there’s one thing we’ve learnt, it’s that every group is unique! Whilst one choir may want to bring to life their dream of singing in the awe-inspiring St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, another may want to entertain the visitors at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

Here we describe what the Concert Tours team has delivered for two very different choirs, each looking for a very different touring experience.

Incantata Ladies

Incantata's Choir Tour to Derbyshire
A recently established choir, the 15 members of Berkshire based Incantata Ladies' choir had minimal experience performing live concerts. That was before they went on tour! On their 3 day whirlwind Derbyshire tour, Incantata wowed audiences as they delivered a series of concerts at a range of venues across the county. Following three successful performances at the Westfield Centre Derby, Derby Market Place and the Great Cave at Peak Cavern in Castleton, the ladies gave an afternoon performance at Denby Pottery Visitor Centre.

Inspiration's Choir Tour tour to Paris
The 300 plus members of Inspiration travelled from their home towns of Newcastle and Leeds to Paris for a 5 day, 4 night Choir Tour. With their lively repertoire, the choir took to the stage in front of the world-famous castle at Disneyland© Paris. Part of one of the largest and most famous entertainment brands in the World, Disneyland Paris provided the members of the choir with an unforgettable opportunity to entertain visitors from all over the world. With a reputation for treating every performance group like a professional ensemble, regardless of size, any choir will cherish this unique experience!

Regardless of your choir's size or style of repertoire, we aim to provide enthusiastic audiences, exciting excursions, unforgettable performance venues and top class customer service – we provide the opportunities and the choice is yours!

Looking for inspiration or your next Choir Tour, visit the Rayburn Tours Website or contact our team on 01332 347 828.

The Sixteen

Bremen credit Marie-Sophie Willis
CORO The Earth Resounds CD

This year The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage 2012 will tour almost 30 venues around the UK with a programme of music by arguably the three most celebrated composers of the Franco-Flemish school of the Renaissance: Josquin, Brumel and Lassus.

Conductor Harry Christophers says 'The music has a unique sonority which I believe will astound you all - from the depth of expression and fascinating texts of Josquin to the overtly decorative mass movements of Brumel's Missa Et ecce terraemotus. We really do have a wealth of simply glorious music for you which I have no doubt will enrich all our lives.'

Ticket prices range from £10 - £36. To book tickets call the national box office on 01904 651485 and for more information visit

To accompany this year's tour The Sixteen has recorded all of the repertoire on a new CD entitled 'The Earth Resounds'. The CD is available to purchase direct from The Sixteen's website and also as a Master Quality 96kHz/24-bit and MP3 digital download from

To celebrate the launch of the Choral Pilgrimage The Sixteen is offering an exclusive 20% discount on The Earth Resounds CD and the MP3 download to Gerontius members. To claim your discount simply type the code 'GERONTIUS' into the discount code box when purchasing your CD or download.

Software Partners

Mozart's Kyrie in Capella software
Fine tuning in Capella software

Music software does more than print out scores.

You may be missing out on some of the benefits it can give if you are only using music software to extract parts or act as a convenient copier. We have been selling music software for more than 15 years and have noted below some of the uses our customers have found. All can be done with the capella software suite.

  • Printing in a size that suits lighting conditions and even individual members' eyesight. You can automatically change stave sizes and revise page turning points to suit the music.
  • Not just part extraction. In the final performance it is useful to work from extracted parts because the singers have no superfluous music adding to the paper they have to hold, however in the early stages you could produce a full score with the individual parts coloured enabling singers to see where they are in relation to the other voices.
  • Your four part choir has just become 3 part! You can rework your scores.
  • Creating your own pieces to suit your choir's abilities and tastes. You can transpose to suit your singers' ranges. You can create four parts from any melody that you and the choir like. Tonica fugata is particularly good for this.
  • Keeping in touch through a choir website. MP3 files will give the choir material to sing along with and in capella there is a feature that converts scores to web pages complete with an index page. Click on the first image above to see the automatic output on a website.
  • Hearing the rhythm, pulse and pitch (by listening to an MP3) helps with the initial singing. A program like capella playAlong interprets all the dynamics and playing instructions to produce a musical performance. You can add pitching notes and a count-in metronome tick. Ticking boxes lets you produce versions with different parts silenced. The second image above shows the graphical way dynamic playback is altered.

You can download trial versions from, email us at, or phone us on 01926 842998.

Cambridge Early Music

Ariana and Singers 2010
Singers and Curtals

Cambridge Early Music offers two summer schools this August: a week each of Baroque and Renaissance music. These are intensive and inspiring participatory courses, with fabulous tutors and a highly supportive and welcoming atmosphere. You will get the chance to sing in small and large ensembles, with and without instruments, sampling some amazing repertoire, stretching your capabilities and having a brilliant time in a lovely setting.

Our Baroque week, tutored by The Parley of Instruments with Philip Thorby, focuses on the music of the Dresden Court, with little-sung masterpieces by Schütz, Fasch and Lotti as well as their more famous contemporaries Vivaldi, Handel, Bach... The Renaissance week, tutored by Philip Thorby, Jacob Heringman, David Hatcher, Emma Murphy and Nicholas Perry, centres on the astonishing d'Este family, who spent much of their vast fortunes as patrons of musicians including Josquin, Willaert, Wert and Rore.

Our Festival of the Voice on 18-20 May is an unmissable event for lovers of choral music. The Sixteen, Trio Mediaeval, singer-lutenist Joel Frederiksen and the full forces of I Fagiolini and Cambridge Friends will fill some of Cambridge’s most beautiful venues with glorious vocal music, alongside services sung by the choirs of St John's and King's Colleges. Four world-class concerts and lots of other events in a single weekend: a perfect excuse to visit one of the world’s loveliest cities.

See our website for details of all our forthcoming events, or request information by emailing

Fiori Singing Week Abroad


There are just a few places left for Fiori's Singing Week abroad which takes place 17-23 August this year. Fiori are delighted to have with them on the trip as guest singer and mentor the much admired countertenor James Bowman.

This is a chance to discover more about baroque and renaissance choral singing and vocal chamber music in the company of one of the world's great singers, whilst savouring the delights of this historic city.

James Bowman alongside Fiori's director baroque specialist Penelope Rapson will be inspiring choristers in a week of a cappella renaissance and baroque music, culminating in a final concert in one of the beautiful baroque churches, for which Prague is famous. And, as part of the package, there will be opportunities for vocal consort work where individuals and small groups can work with James and with Penelope.

Full details are available at
To book please contact

Music Summer Schools 2012

Music Summer Schools

Have you ever considered taking part in a music summer school?

The UK is home to a wealth of summer music schools which offer music courses that cater for every imaginable age group, ability and discipline. From individual instrumental courses, to ensembles, conducting and composition courses; music summer schools really do offer something for everyone. Often in the most beautiful and captivating of settings, summer music schools provide a service and experience that go beyond the duration of the course bringing you the opportunity to develop your musical skills and gain recognised certifications whilst connecting with like-minded people and making lasting friendships along the way. Many who undertake music summer school courses will return time and time again and this is testament to quality of the experience that music summer schools offer.

With so many music summer schools to choose from, it's hard to know where to start. Our summer schools directory is the leading online directory of its kind listing a broad range of UK (and some abroad!) music summer schools in one convenient place. If you are interested in finding out what music schools and courses are available for you, a family member or friend, visit to search or browse at your leisure. The site offers an effective search facility and is intuitively arranged into general and sub categories where you may find the perfect music course. Each listing will contain a web address and/or contact details for specific summer music schools and will give you an idea of what's on offer, so why not get searching?

Gerontius Site Sponsors

Many thanks to the following:


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Rayburn Tours

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