The magnificently refurbished Birmingham Town Hall, not quite as Mendelssohn would have know it!

The auditorium and magnificent organ case in Birmingham Town Hall.

Tuesday 7–Sunday 12 August 2018


Warwick University/Birmingham Town Hall

Latest news
14 July 2018: Those attending this year’s Summer School can download the final schedule here (opens in a new tab).
14 July 2018: The celebrated counter-tenor James Bowman CBE will be Brian Kay’s interviewee on Wednesday evening, sharing experiences and anecdotes from a lifetime on the concert platform.

With four successful Summer Schools to our credit, and an accolade from Classical Music in their 2016  Summer Schools supplement, we invite you to set aside a week in August 2018 to join us for the fifth TRBC Choral Summer School. The main work this time will be Handel’s extraordinary oratorio Israel in Egypt, with fantastic musical depictions of the plagues of Egypt: frogs; hailstones; flies, lice and locusts; and all manner of physical discomforts. Handel is, of course, best known for Messiah, but there are plenty of fine choruses in this earlier work which was, at one time, almost as popular with choral societies as Messiah

During the week you will also be able to participate in various workshops, including  time spent on choral technique (intonation, sight singing, blend and breath control); there will be a trip to the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford; and other attractions will be added in due course.

Those taking part in The TRBC Choral Summer School in 2018 will:

•  rehearse the main choral work daily with Brian Kay;
•  perform in Birmingham Town Hall with a professional baroque orchestra and young prize-winning soloists;
•  explore other areas of choral singing and vocal technique in afternoon workshops with Chris Finch and Brian Kay;
•  enjoy comfortable accommodation and delicious meals on the attractive Warwick University campus.

The draft timetable of the week’s activities can be downloaded here.