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Voices, Viols, Mountains, Flowers


A week of music making focusing on the works of William Byrd with options for walking, and excursions to visit the high alpine flower meadows

For experienced viol players and ensemble singers

 Directed by Alison Crum and Deborah Roberts

Course fee £190 (£100 students) Monday May 21st  – Sunday May 27th

 This year's Triora May course has been moved to later in the month in order to catch the glorious wild flowers at their best. It will also coincide with a new informal arts festival within this lovely medieval hilltop town.

The first part of the week  will focus on more intensive music making for both singers and players within larger and smaller groups. Alison has to leave on the Thursday but an additional tutor will help Deborah prepare participants for the final concert as well as helping to organise informal playing and singing in various parts of the town

Daily vocal and instrumental warm-ups and workshop sessions will give all participants the chance to improve their technique as well as learning much about the art of ensemble music making.

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.

The course will culminate in a concert on Saturday May 26th  and end after breakfast on Sunday 27th .

Both tutors will be familiar to many both as active performers  and teachers. As well as singing professionally and directing Brighton Consort, Deborah is also an Artistic Director of Brighton Early Music Festival. Alison is a long term member of The Rose Consort of Viols and one of the busiest players and teachers in the world, directing as many as 20 courses per year.

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 400 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 on their website, or -  Tel: 0039 018494089

Click here for photos of the hotel, and here for photos of the town and surroundings

NB rooms will be booked via Triora Musica. Please indicate required room type when  booking.

*Vegetarian meals can be requested. Please advise on application