The Eton Choirbook This
course is over!
A weekend course for
advanced amateurs and student singers
November 3rd – Monday November 7th 2005
by Deborah Roberts
the fireworks this autumn in the tranquillity of the Italian medieval hill town
of Triora, nestling in the Ligurian Maritime Alps, but only just over an hour’s
drive from Nice airport. Following the huge success of previous courses run by
Brighton Consort, Triora Musica is now established as a separate organisation,
while maintaining its links with Brighton Consort.
While several courses
will continue to be run for mixed ability groups, there will also be courses to
allow more experienced singers to explore more challenging repertoire, and to
work in smaller groups. There will therefore be some selection for this course.
Most singers will be regular members of choirs and capable of holding a part
alone. The application form asks for details of experience. You are also welcome
to send a tape or CD.
The Eton Choirbook, possibly
one of the finest collections of English music to have survived, represents the
ornate and florid style prevelent at the turn of the 15th and 16th
centuries. Its demanding style suits agile, clear voices and requires a good
reading ability. As the English choir was originally divided into 5 voice types,
there are parts for: high sopranos, mezzos/altos, counter tenors, high tenors
(both male and female are welcome!) lower tenors/baritones and basses. Music
will be selected to fit the composition of the final mix of participants, and
will be sent out in advance.
For more information on the
composers of the Eton Choirbook
The course begins on the
Thursday evening and ends after breakfast on the Monday. There will be a final
concert on the Sunday evening, and owing to the late flights on Monday, a
further chance to explore Triora and the surrounding country on the Monday
Cost of tuition for the
course is £100 (students £75)
Accommodation and full
board will vary according to whether you are sharing a room; single
€ 280, double € 260, triple € 240.
Travel details for November (click
here for general details)
The best flights for this course are:
Thursday November 3rd:
depart 14.35, arrive Nice 17.35
depart 12.55, arrive 16.05
The bus would leave around 6
Monday November 7th
depart 18.00, arrive Gatwick 19.05
depart 16.30, arrive Luton 17.45
There are no flights from Stansted on the Thursday or
Monday. There are earlier and later flights from Luton, but those selecting them
would need to contact us about getting to and from Triora.
Bus could be timed to suit the majority
Thursday November 3rd: Stansted depart 7.45, arrive Genoa
November 7th: Genoa depart 11.15, arrive Stansted
will need to arrange car hire or travel by train to Arma di Taggia where the
coach from Nice could arrange a pick up at around 18.45:
We would advise you
to book your flights early in order to get the lowest prices. Available now!!