Brian Kay, who will direct The Scratch Choral Summer School

Brian Kay, who will direct the TRBC Choral Summer School

Tuesday 7–Sunday 12 August 2018


Warwick University/Birmingham Town Hall

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Acquiring and learning the music
You need to bring your own score, as doing some advance homework on this music will increase the enjoyment of the Summer School for all participants (we will also not have multiple copies for sale at the start of the course).  The work will be sung in English and is published by Novello (catalogue no. NOV070126; ISBN 978-0-85360-4839). If your local music shop cannot help (or you don’t have one), then the extremely knowledgeable staff at Blackwell’s Music Shop in Oxford will certainly be able to do so (01865 333582).  For help with your homework you might like to acquire a ChoraLine CD or MP3 file: visit their website at Brian Kay has also prepared some preliminary chorus notes which include a list of numbers cut: download them here, and write his comments and instructions into your score.

There is no additional charge for music for the afternoon workshops, for which a complete booklet will be supplied on registration.

Our musical team
The musicians in charge of the TRBC Summer School will be The Really Big Chorus’s Principal Conductor Brian Kay, aided and abetted by Christopher Finch, Director of Chapel Choir and Accompanist at Wells Cathedral School (click on the links to read their biographies).  Orchestral accompaniment for the concert on Saturday 12 August will be provided by a baroque orchestra (the St Cecilia Players) and we will announce our soloists in March 2018.

Plus points
In addition to the rehearsals, workshops and closing concert (you can download the draft schedule here), we have arranged a few ‘extras’ to add to your enjoyment of the Summer School.  There will be a visit to Stratford upon Avon to see The Merry Wives of Windsor; a ‘talking heads’ evening with Brian Kay and the celebrated counter-tenor James Bowman CBE; and a special feast on the penultimate evening.

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