Brian Kay, Summer School Director

Brian Kay,TRBC’s Principal Conductor, who directs the Summer School

Tuesday 6–Sunday 11 August 2019


Warwick University/Coventry Catheral

More information

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).  Both works are in Latin; Puccini’s Messa di Gloria is published by Belwin (ISMN 978-0-769-24392-4); Poulenc’s Gloria is published by Salabert (ISMN 979-0-048-00166-4). Be sure to buy the full vocal score of the Poulenc and not individual voice-parts – these do not give any clue what the other parts or the accompaniment are doing; they make learning more difficult and are a false economy.

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 will also prepared some preliminary chorus notes which you will be able to download soon.

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 11 August will be provided by the Engllish String Orchestra and we will announce our soloists in March 2019.

Plus points
In addition to the rehearsals, workshops and closing concert, 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 a current production; a ‘talking heads’ evening with Brian Kay; and a special feast on the penultimate evening.

More Summer School links:   Summer School home page — Booking detailsDraft schedule