The music of Palestrina - to include his mass Assumpta est Maria and motets from the Song of Songs


Monday May 1st – Monday May 8th 2006                                               Click here for music (midis) and scores (pdf)

Directed by Andrew Carwood and Deborah Roberts

Course fee £200 (£100 students) - For experienced choral and ensemble singers

Following the success of their course last year, Andrew Carwood and Deborah Roberts present a glorious selection of music by Italy's greatest renaissance composer, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1526 – 94)

As well as choral sessions working on his mass Assumpta est Maria, there will be opportunities to work in smaller groups on his lovely, and often madrigalian style settings of texts from the Song of Songs. Daily vocal warm-ups and workshop sessions will give all participants the chance to improve their vocal technique as well as learning much about the art of ensemble singing

A reasonable standard of sight reading is desirable, though music will be sent out in advance. Participants are also encouraged to bring sets of other appropriate music for informal music making out of hours. Flights permitting, the course will start with a short session before supper in the hotel on May 1st , culminate in a concert on Sunday May 7th and end after breakfast on Monday 8th.

Both tutors will be familiar to many both as active performers and choral directors. As well as directing Brighton Consort, Deborah is also an Artistic Director of Brighton Early Music Festival. Andrew directs the Cardinal’s Musick, one of the finest young vocal groups to have emerged in recent years, and both are members of the Tallis Scholars. Their passion and commitment to music and enthusiastic ability to engage with both amateur and professional performers always ensures that their workshop events are very inspiring and exciting occasions.


Easy Jet operate low cost flights to Nice from Gatwick, Luton and Stanstead airports ( ….the earlier you book the cheaper they are - available now! There are also flights with BA from Gatwick and Heathrow ( There are also companies offering good value car hire from Nice ( is the best value) for those who maybe wish to travel independently or extend their visit. We will also provide a bus to meet the latest of the flights that arrive within an hour or so of each other on Monday 1st May (e.g Gatwick dep. 12:45, arr. 15:45). The cost will be around £25 return.

You can also fly very cheaply from Stansted on Ryanair to Genoa, but will need to arrange car hire or travel by train to Arma di Taggia where the coach from Nice could arrange a pick up on the way.

We would advise you to book your flights as soon as they become available in order to get the lowest prices.  We will publish the best available flights on the web as soon as they become available. For general info on getting to Triora from UK, click here 
If you need any advice do email or telephone: (01273 833950)


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. The prices still need to be confirmed, but will average at around 350 Euro per person depending upon the type of room (single, double or triple). The menu features much delicious, local cuisine*. More details on the hotel can be found here and at at

( Email: -  you can also enquire about extending your stay beyond the course. Tel: 0039 018494089

*Vegetarian meals can be requested. Please advise on application