Catalina Vicens – Nicosia, Cyprus

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By age 20, Catalina Vicens had already played in the main concert-halls of more than ten countries in North and South America and now combines a vibrant international soloist and research career.

She shares her talent once again in this concert at the Pharos Arts Foundation in Cyprus.

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The Keyboard Trust

8 Chester Square Mews, London SW1S 9DS

http://keyboardtrust.org

Contact information

info@pharosartsfoundation.org

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Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, Hong Kong

3 May 2019 To 4 May 2019

8:00 pm To 10:00 pm

+852 2721 2030

Praised by the BBC Magazine as the ‘leading interpreter of Bruckner’s symphonies’, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Jaap van Zweden will present Bruckner’s glorious Symphony no. 7 following on from his very successful performance with the HK Phil of Bruckner’s Eighth last season.

The concert will open with Mozart’s tempestuous Piano Concerto no. 20, interpreted by the 2016 ECHO Klassik prize-winner, Khatia Buniatishvili.

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Stowe School, Stowe, Buckingham MK18 5EH, UK

11 August 2019 To 17 August 2019

+44 (0)1622 756660

Tutors

  • Ann Martin-Davis
  • Graham Fitch
  • Christine Stevenson
  • James Lisney
  • Karl Lutchmayer

South-East England

The Summer School for Pianists has established a central and unique position in the field over the last 40 years.

The 2019 Summer School for Pianists will take place at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire from 11-17 August 2019. The school is set amidst 250 acres of magnificent National Trust gardens landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, with masterclasses taking place in the splendour of the State Music Room of Stowe House as well as in the new music department of this All Steinway school.

Combining a friendly atmosphere with musical expertise, the Summer School for Pianists has become an essential annual event for pianists of all levels.

Superb facilities at Stowe School ensure that music takes centre stage for a week, with top class concert instruments and plenty of practice rooms. The masterclasses, lecture presentations, tutor and student concerts, ensuite accommodation and good food in a stunning location create an event that is informative, stimulating and sociable for all pianists – and music lovers who simply wish to observe.

Programme highlights

In 2018 the tutor presentations, Piano Matters, were especially praised for making the course even more attractive for performing participants and for observers as well. The three Piano Matters topics for 2019 are:

  • The Classical Cover Version from Karl Lutchmayer;
  • Keeping Repertoire Fresh from Graham Fitch; and
  • Chord of the Week – an Exploration of Harmony from David Owen Norris (tbc)

There will be a class for Piano Accompaniment with Ann Martin-Davis and baritone Brian White, and a series of early evening optional activities – including:

  • choir;
  • a session on Sight-reading Skills with Christine Stevenson;
  • a presentation on technique: The Essential Mr Czerny with James Lisney; and
  • a session on Audacity Software, with Dieter Niebel. Learn to record your own performances on your lap-top!

2019 theme

The theme for 2019 is the influence that folk music-making has had on piano repertoire – folk song, dance and legend. As a non-obligatory option, participants are invited to choose a piece with a ‘folk’ connection. There is much to explore!

Recitals and masterclasses

The tutor Recitals will be particularly varied, with repertoire drawn from composers including Purcell, Louis Couperin, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Alkan, Liszt, Hindemith and Britten.

There are six thirty-minute solo recital opportunities for participants – Platforms – available for a modest charge, and three student concerts for solo or duet items.

As usual, each participant will be allotted three half-hour slots in their masterclasses during the week. All are welcome to visit other classes to observe. Private lessons can be booked with each of the tutors.

Leisure activities

And there will be time to wander around the grounds, play a round of golf on the 9-hole golf course (green fees apply), have a game of tennis (please bring your own racquets and tennis balls) or, for an additional fee, enjoy a guided tour of Stowe House.


Testimonials

I am still a novice in the piano playing community, and the more I reflect, the more I am convinced how good the week has been! The quality of teaching was superb – it really was. The ambience, the pianos – it has made me aware of where I am, the path ahead of me and the endless opportunities to take my piano playing further.

Bob

I can thoroughly recommend the Summer School for Pianists …  A great deal of planning and thought goes into the programme by the Directors. A very varied, fascinating and enjoyable set of activities, including talks, lectures, invited speakers, recitals and concerts, runs alongside the excellent masterclasses given by the tutors. I found all of this really valuable in setting my attempts to play the piano in a wider musical context. The facilities were also excellent, with good grand pianos for the classes, and a large number of practice rooms. Last but not least, the atmosphere was friendly and supportive.

Susan

I have just returned from my fourth year’s Piano Summer School and can honestly say it was the best one so far – a wonderful experience! We had fabulous concerts from the tutors who also gave us interesting lectures and entertained us, as well as giving us inspiring tuition. The whole atmosphere is very friendly and it was lovely to meet up again with piano friends from previous years.

Tricia

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Sherborne School, Abbey Road, Sherborne, UK

21 July 2019 To 28 July 2019

+44 (0)1935 810 517

About our team

A high-profile team of professional musicians and educators delivers the Sherborne Choral Course. Here is a brief guide to the main tutors.

John Rutter CBE

John Rutter is one of the best-known English composers and conductors of his generation. His music is characterised by beautiful melodies that resonate with audiences around the world.

Longer compositions include Requiem, Gloria, Mass of the Children and The Gift of Life, while his shorter pieces are justifiably famous. Many will be familiar with anthems such as For the Beauty of the Earth, All Things Bright and Beautiful and The Lord Bless You and Keep You both from their extensive radio play and from performing them in concert.

John was Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge, and leads the Cambridge Singers, who have made more than 50 recordings since the 1980s. He established the Collegium record label in 1983.

John will be sharing a new composition at the Sherborne Choral Course, leading the choir through rehearsals and conducting them during evensong in Sherborne Abbey.

Bob Chilcott

Bob Chilcott has been described by The Observer as a “contemporary hero of choral music” – an epithet that neatly captures his contribution to the British choral tradition. Bob was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and performed with the highly popular King’s Singers for 12 years.

With a particular reputation for compositions that engage young people, Bob is renowned for his friendly style. His St John Passion, Salisbury Vespers and Requiem are well known to many, both as recordings and performance pieces. They speak of his immersion in the Church’s choral tradition, but Bob’s expertise does not end there. As Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers since 2002, he knows how to bring the best out of any choir, whether they are preparing for a great liturgical act or to perform a piece of secular music in concert.

James Henderson

As Director of Music at Sherborne School, James oversees the Sherborne Choral Course and is a lead tutor and conductor.

An experienced tutor on similar courses elsewhere in the country, James is steeped in the Church’s musical traditions. He regularly conducts Sherborne’s choir as it leads services in the Abbey, and works closely with the clergy and staff team to ensure that the music is of the very highest quality.

James came to Sherborne in 2005 having previously been involved with the music at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and having been Director of Music at Portsmouth Grammar School where he worked with the London Mozart Players in the Portsmouth Festivities. Thanks in no small part to his visionary leadership of the department, Sherborne is widely recognised as one of the country’s foremost independent schools for Music. Indeed, The Week named the School 'Best for Music' in its Independent Schools Guide – a well-deserved accolade that underscores the credentials of its Choral Course.

South-West England

Join promising young singers and musicians from across the country on the inaugural Sherborne Choral Course for a week in the beautiful Dorset town of Sherborne.

  • Sing Choral Evensong in the historic Abbey, and receive expert tuition in a school renowned for its musical tradition, with access to first-rate facilities and three stunning organs.
  • Work with composers and conductors John Rutter CBE and Bob Chilcott, refining your technique and enhancing your application for a university choral or organ scholarship.

The Sherborne Choral Course is an opportunity not to be missed. Open to anyone aged 15 to 18, it attracts some of the country’s finest young vocal talent.


Develop your talent and enhance your experience in choral singing

The Sherborne Choral Course offers a wonderful opportunity to sing evensong in an historic Abbey, working with some of the country’s leading composers and educationalists. Our programme is designed to nurture your talents, helping enhance your application for a university choral scholarship. Thanks to the residential nature of the course, you will learn from each other in a supportive yet stretching environment.

We’re attracting the very best young vocal talent in the country: people between the ages of 15 and 18 with a passion for music, a love of singing, and a desire to learn more about the Church’s choral tradition.

During the course of the week, you will:

  • Sing Evensong and a Eucharist in Sherborne Abbey and daily Compline in the School Chapel
  • Learn a new piece composed and conducted by John Rutter CBE
  • Work with the composer Bob Chilcott and Sherborne’s Director of Music James Henderson, as well as a team of specialist tutors and instrumentalists
  • Receive one-to-one singing tuition
  • Participate in barbershop and opera chorus workshops
  • Form friendships with your fellow singers, sharing tips and insights about applying for university choral scholarships

If you have a passion for music and a desire to take your singing further, the Sherborne Choral Course provides a wonderful experience that will live with you forever.


About Sherborne

Visitors to Sherborne can’t fail to notice the beautiful Benedictine Abbey standing at the very heart of the town. In its shadow are the historic buildings of Sherborne School – a prestigious boys’ boarding school with a strong choral tradition, playing a full part in the liturgical life of the church.

That makes it the perfect setting for a summer choral school that develops the talents of boys and girls between the ages of 15 and 18. We attract a diverse group of attendees from a range of backgrounds, distinguished by their vocal excellence.

Sherborne is easily accessible by rail or road, with good links to London, the South West and the North of England. It is a town of modest proportions, but by no means lacking in vibrancy. Thanks to the presence of two high-profile boarding schools, it is a place of intellectual energy and cultural stimulation. Its pretty high street is close to the School campus, meaning ready access to cafés, shops and supermarkets.

Choral Course attendees stay in Sherborne School accommodation, with girls and boys in separate houses. Everyone eats in the excellent School refectory and enjoys access to our brilliant School facilities. A pastoral team is on hand throughout the week, providing care and support at every turn.

Sherborne is a wonderful home from home, boasting stunning architecture, a tangible sense of history, and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Along with the Abbey and our own School Chapel, there are few finer locations to expand your horizons and prepare for your future as a singer.

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