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The Art of Consort Singing

English and Italian madrigals and sacred music of the 16 th century

Sunday May 23rd – Sunday May 30th 2010

For experienced consort and solo singers

With options for walking, and excursions to visit the high alpine flower meadows.

Directed by Deborah Roberts

Course fee £250 (£100 students) See below for accommodation costs

Designed for singers who are confident at holding a line by themselves, and are competent sight readers, this course will offer a great opportunity to work intensively in small groups on a range of music from English madrigals to the dramatic motets and Italian madrigals of Marenzio, Monteverdi and Wert. Numbers on the course will be limited, and applications must be supported by a reference from a singing teacher or choral director. All applicants will be contacted.
Successful applicants can complete a booking form either online or by post, stating hotel, music and airport transfer requirements

There will be daily workshops on vocal technique with special emphasis on tuning, relaxed breathing and a natural sounding vocal delivery that allows the text to shine through.

Deborah Roberts is one of the country’s most experienced professional consort singers and directors. She sang for many years with the Tallis Scholars (with whom she gave over 1200 concerts in many parts of the globe) and also founded Musica Secreta and Celestial Sirens both ensembles that specialises in music performed by women in the 16 th and 17 th centuries. She regularly conducts a number of specialist choral groups including Brighton Consort as well as several vocal groups associated with Brighton Early Music Festival - of which she is co Artistic Director.

She has directed a number of courses for Laycock Courses and is a regular tutor at the Tallis Scholars Summer Schools in Oakham, Seattle and Sydney.

This course will start with dinner on the 23 rd May, work towards a final concert on Saturday May 29 th and end after breakfast on the Sunday morning, when the bus arrives for the transfer to Nice Airport. . There will be a long lunch break each day to allow time for sight seeing and relaxing in the lovely mountain air. We generally arrange at least one trip by 4 – wheel drive into the higher mountains. This will work around the weather forecast!

Music
All music for the course will be made available for free download and printing from the website, and a password will be given once your application has been approved. Alternatively you can order music to be printed and posted to you for an additional charge of £10

Travel
Easy Jet operate low cost flights to Nice from Gatwick, Luton, Stanstead, Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinbugh airports. There are also other companies such as Jet 2 who operate from Leeds and Manchester, while British Airways fly from Heathrow and Birmingham and East Midlands are served by BMI Baby. We will provide a bus to meet the latest of the flights, (at present this looks like the Gatwick flight arriving at 17.35. It is a journey of around 2 hours to Triora, and the cost will be around £40 return depending upon the numbers travelling. The bus back will be timed to catch the earliest flight (the Gatwick flight leaves at 10.00 am)

We would advise you to book your flights as soon as possible after acceptance on the course, to get the lowest prices. There is more general information on our website. Please contact us if you need further advice.

Accommodation
We will stay in the Colomba d’Oro, a comfortable and friendly family run hotel in Triora – where much of the singing will also take place. All rooms are en suite, many with balconies and superb views over the mountains. In order to maximise free time in the afternoon for excursions, breakfast and dinner will be included in the overall price but lunch left to individual choice. This does not include drinks and extra teas and coffees. The prices still need to be confirmed, but should average at around €450 per person depending upon the type of room (single, double or triple).

The menu features much delicious, local cuisine*.
More details on the hotel

Photos of the hotel, the town and surroundings

NB rooms will be booked via Triora Musica. Please indicate room type using the booking form.

More basic accommodation (without meals) may be available within the town, and there are often self catering houses or flats available for renting.

*Vegetarian meals can be requested. Please advise on application

The town
Triora is one of a collection of ancient hill towns that grace the lovely Argentine valley in the region of Liguria, close to the French border. It is surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery with facilities for walking, rock climbing etc. Much of the architecture dates back to the 12 th century, but its period of greatest fame was during the 16th century when a number of witch trials were conducted by the Inquisition.