gerontius newsletter - March 2013

Dear choral music lover,

In this newsletter we have news updates on a range of musical events taking place over the next few months.

I hope you will find this newsletter interesting. Do feel free to forward it on to friends and others in your choir, or just send them the link to the newsletter on-line:

Do let us know if you'd like us to feature your choir in a future newsletter.

Newsletter contents
1. Choral Course in Andalucia with Mary King
2. The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage 2013
3. Rayburn Tours
4. Brandenburg Choral Festival Reaches Half Way!
5. The Dartington Summer School
6. Music Summer Schools 2013
7. Gerontius Site Sponsors
8. Next gerontius newsletter - April 2013

Choral Course in Andalucia with Mary King

North Wales Choral Festival
Helicon Arts- Spain 2013
Helicon Arts- Spain 2013
Helicon Arts- Spain 2013

29th June to 6th July 2013

Join us in sunny Andalucia for a week of uplifting singing led by renowned vocal coach and broadcaster Mary King (C4's Operatunity, Musicality). We'll be singing a variety of non-sacred music including jazz, musical theatre, popular and folk music, and will end the week with a concert in the delightful town of Arcos de la Frontera.

Our base for the week is a stunning olive estate in the Andalucian hills with excellent facilities including a lovely pool. Delicious local Andalucian food and wine will be served up throughout.

Afternoon excursions will include a tasting at a sherry bodega in Jerez, a chance to explore the beautiful city of Seville, a trip to the mountainside town of Grazalema, and a visit to Cadiz, the oldest city in Europe.

A fun-packed musical programme and an active social schedule will guarantee a memorable holiday.

The course is fully inclusive of accommodation, meals, tuition, excursions and airport transfers.

Full details are now on our website,

Click on the image to the right to watch the video introduction with Mary King, course director.

The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage 2013

The Sixteen
The Sixteen
The Sixteen

In 2013 The Sixteen will present its most far-reaching Choral Pilgrimage tour yet, encompassing 35 concerts across the UK and Ireland. The tour, entitled The Queen of Heaven, will see Harry Christophers CBE and his choir perform music in churches and cathedrals for which it was written.

An unmissable new version of Allegri's Miserere is one highlight of this year's programme, which also features stunning music by the ‘Prince of Music’ Palestrina, as well another brilliant yet contrasting setting of the Miserere by James Macmillan.

Conductor Harry Christophers says: ‘For our 13th Choral Pilgrimage, I have decided to look at the music of three composers who, although separated by centuries, are unique in their devotion to the Church. 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 - £40. Most concerts can be booked online at Alternatively call 01904 651485 to book, or for more information visit

The Queen of Heaven (COR16108)

The Queen of Heaven limited-edition boxed set features the music from The Choral Pilgrimage 2013 as well as the complete Missa Regina caeli by Palestrina, The Sixteen's best-selling recording of the established version of Allegri's Miserere and a stunning selection of MacMillan's choral works including O bone Jesu and the Tenebrae Responsories.

Allegri's Miserere, in the new version heard during the 2013 Pilgrimage, is available as a Master Quality Download (96kHz/24-bit) at

Rayburn Tours

Rayburn Tours
Rayburn Tours
Rayburn Tours

Discover Normandy for your next choir tour

With an ever increasing number of groups expressing an interest in Normandy as a choir tour destination, the team at Rayburn Tours recently visited the region, and over 5 days rediscovered why so many groups choose to travel and perform here. With spectacular performance venues suiting a range of repertoire styles, and a host of leisure options from which to choose from, Normandy is a clear choice for groups considering a close to home choir tour.

We recommend basing your group in the city of Caen. Located in the centre of the Calvados area of lower Normandy, it's the ideal base from which to explore the region; the area enjoys good access to the D-Day landing beaches, the lovely port town of Honfleur, and is not too far from Mont St Michel and Rouen.

The beautiful Abbaye Aux Hommes is the ideal venue for groups performing a sacred repertoire, the Place 6 Juin for those wishing to perform outdoors on a bustling tourist promenade, or one of our old favourites, the Eglise St Patrice in Bayeux, an intimate gem of a church where concerts are well supported by the local community.

We work with all groups to create a completely tailor made itinerary. Departure dates, travel, duration, excursions and concerts will be planned to meet the individual requirements of you choir.

With Normandy prices from only £287 per person for a 4 day 3 night tour, start discussing your performance tour objectives with us, and we'll do the rest. Further details about all our concert tour destinations can be found on our website or you can call our team on 01332 347 828 for further information.

Don't miss out! Our new Choir Tours Brochure is coming soon! Request your copy on our website

Brandenburg Choral Festival
Reaches Half Way!

Brandenburg Choral Festival
Brandenburg Choral Festival

The Brandenburg Choral Festival, enters its second half in March after its busiest opening months yet.

Top classical music listings and reviews website described one concert as "an impressive evening of music making by some of the up and coming stars of the choral world".

Attendances have been buoyant this year, with February's performance of Thomas Tallis's Spem in alium by the choir of the chapel of King's College on the Strand drawing a record audience for a late night concert at St Martin's. also reported, "Even at 9.20 on a cold Thursday evening in January, there were queues out the door."

The first week of March saw the festival's busiest period with eight performances in eight days, providing a snapshot of the festival's eclectic range - from Bach Cantatas for the aficionado to Jazz in the Crypt at St Martins.

As well as the more traditional style of concert, it included an appearance of the Brandenburg Choral Festival's unique Fringe Club. This new venture for the 2013 festival takes the form of monthly a cappella sessions at a secret location in Covent Garden. Each night promises a tasting menu with a varied mix of styles in an intimate bar venue setting.

The club next opens its doors on 5 April, and details of how to join are on the festival website:

The Brandenburg Choral Festival runs until 6 May with 15 events in March, 16 in April and 3 at the start of May.

Full details of the second half of the Festival are at

Any choirs interested in participating in 2014 should express an interest to: bob@brandenburg,

The Dartington Summer School

Dartington International Summer School
Dartington International Summer School

Be part of the 60 years celebration!

This year we are celebrating 60 years on the Dartington Hall Estate with a jam-packed musical programme of courses, concerts and special projects, including a promenade performance called 'Voices in the Garden' in Week 4. Participants and tutors alike are involved in this project, which showcases specially commissioned works for our Summer School choirs around the beautiful landscaped gardens.

What is the Summer School and who is it for?

The five-week Summer school, which runs from 27 July to 31 August 2013, combines teaching from world-leading performers, conductors and composers with an inclusive approach to learning for all ages and all levels - from beginners to advanced.

Sing with us! 32 courses for singers!

All-comers' Summer School Choir performs every Friday in the medieval Great Hall with full orchestra! Repertoire includes Rosenmüller Vespers, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Beethoven Mass in C and Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms.

Beginners - Gospel Choir, Improve Your Sight-Singing, Finding Your Voice, Zimbabwean 'Singing with Ancestors', workshops with Linda Hirst, Della Jones, Andrew Watts and Jessica Cash.

Plus! For more accomplished singers - part songs in Chamber Choir, masterclasses with Nicholas Clapton, Yvonne Minton, Joan Rodgers, Robert Murray, Richard Edgar-Wilson, and guest tutor Matthew Rose.

New for 2013! Children's Choir is for boys and girls age 6-11 and will be involved in the 'Voices in the Garden' project. All levels of experience and ability welcome - just bring your enthusiasm!

'I have met amazing singing teachers who really have positive effect on me. Della Jones helped me to have more presence on stage and also taught me new ways of working arias which will be essential to every song or aria I will be singing in the future. Dartington Summer School course makes everything accessible to everyone.' Singing participant 2012.

We also present a rich and varied programme of around 100 concerts and lectures.

If you love music, join us! We'd love to hear from you.

Full info on our website: or call us on 01803 847080

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Music Summer Schools 2013

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 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 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?

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