LMFL (Language and Music for Life) Valbonne Summer Music Course 2019

2019-08-03

2019-08-17

Valbonne, France

+44 (0)1454 419504

http://www.lmfl.org.uk

Wales

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Language and Music for Life (LMFL)

http://www.lmfl.org.uk

About the organiser

Created in spring 1997, LMFL (Language and Music for Life) is an unique organisation committed to providing training in both music and foreign languages to students of all ages.

The first LMFL summer course was held in August 1997 and has grown in size and quality ever since, and we have opened courses abroad for Advanced Level students.

Contact information

mail@lmfl.com

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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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Issigeac, France

18 June 2019 To 24 June 2019

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The Issigeac International Music Academy (IIMA) offers the commune of Issigeac and indeed the whole of the Southern Perigord a wonderful opportunity to invite some of the world’s leading classical musicians and music teachers to our community.

Make a date with the Tippett Quartet at Issigeac International Music Academy (IIMA) 2019!

We are delighted to announce that for our 2019 season we will be partnered by the world-famous Tippett String Quartet who will join with international violinist Ishani Bhoola and accompanist Jennifer Carter in providing a week of world-class instruction.

This is your chance to join like-minded enthusiasts for one-on-one mentoring with the world-renowned Tippett String Quartet during a week-long break in France’s idyllic Dordogne.

To top it all you can experience the thrill of being a professional musician by playing with them in a public concert at the end of your stay.

The IIMA has teamed up with the Tippett to provide a complete package that includes private accommodation in beautiful French homes, dining in fine restaurants specialising in the famous gastronomy of the Perigord region and a week in the company of quartet members.

You will be able to get to know some of the world’s greatest string players in an informal setting, take part in individual and group tuition including chamber orchestra participation and rehearsing for a live concert, as well as enjoy wine-tasting trips to local vineyards and spectacular castles and bastide villages.

The Academy is set in the exceptional medieval village of Issigeac, just 20 minutes south of the town of Bergerac and budget airline links to the UK.

With its renaissance Bishop’s Palace, 12th Century stone ramparts and beautifully preserved medieval houses, Issigeac is a rare gem within the area of the Bergerac appellation vineyards.

During the week the Tippet Quartet will be playing four public concerts in Issigeac’s municipal centre. On the final night the ensemble will stage a free concert open to the public with the participation of IIMA guests wishing to take part.

Wonderful Company  – Spectacular Music – Fantastic Foie Gras – Succulent Monbazillac Wines – be ready for a heady mix!

Who it’s for

Those wishing to take part should have attained Grade 5 or above in their respective instrument.


About Issigeac

Issigeac is an historic commune with around 400 permanent residents that dates back to Roman times, making it among the oldest continually occupied sites in the Perigord.

Fortified in medieval times and taking the circular shape it does today, the village was under English rule during the 100 years war and afterwards owned by the Bishop of Sarlat, who made it his summer residence.

The splendid Bishop’s palace and Church of St Felicien – principal Academy venues – along with the plethora of half-timbered houses that make up the body of the village, date from this time.

After several centuries as an important if small ecclesiastical community, Issigeac is now thriving and developing into one of the gems of Southern Perigord.

It can thank its period in the doldrums for the fact that has survived into the 21st century very little changed in either structure or character from how it was in medieval times.

Its Sunday market – which has been held continually since the 13th Century – is one of the wonders of the region attracting French and overseas visitors from far and wide.

While many new enterprises have taken root here, including artists studios, antique shops and artisans workshops the village is still a traditional French one, with a full range of small shops providing good and services for everyday life.

With four main restaurants, four cafés and a bustling bar Issigeac is also probably the best-catered village for gastronomy in the area.

Travelling to Issigeac

Issigeac is just 15 minutes from Bergerac airport with daily flights to the UK, other European destinations and Paris. It sits on the banks of the small river, the Banège, in the southern sector of Bergerac’s world famous vineyards; all set in the wonderful scenery which French writer Stendhal described as the ‘Tuscany of France.’

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Radley College, Radley, near Oxford, United Kingdom

18 August 2019 To 23 August 2019

+44 (0)118 950 7865, +44 (0)7745 377643

Principal tutors: Robert Winn, Kate Hill, Robert Manasse, Janet Way, Katie Alcock, Carrie Hensel, Thies Roorda.

South-East England

Oxford Flute Summer School continues to offer flute players of all ages and abilities a wonderful week of playing, learning and making friends.

Oxford Flute Summer School offers three distinct options for different levels of players, but with many shared experiences and an emphasis on active participation.

There are classes for everyone; for instance preparation for college auditions and competitions, 18th century performance style, extended techniques for beginners, performance and platform presentation skills.  Other activities are more specific to each option. Students on the Oxford Players and Oxford Performers options are encouraged to attend and listen to all classes including Oxford Masterclass option.


Oxford Players

Students on the Oxford Players  and Oxford Performers options are encouraged to attend and listen to all classes including Oxford Masterclass option.

Included are:

  • an individualised timetable for each student
  • two private flute lessons
  • one private piano session
  • one group lesson
  • daily tutored ensembles
  • daily technique classes
  • daily flute choir
  • concerts and masterclasses

This course is for:

  • players who want to develop their skills
  • enthusiasts who enjoy group playing
  • suggested standard, grade 5 to grade 8 and beyond

Why choose this course?

  • because it has a high level of participation
  • because it focuses on group playing and supportive learning

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Oxford Performers

The Oxford Performers course contains all the modules of the Oxford Players course and provides additional performance opportunities.

Oxford Performers aims to challenge more experienced flautists with a focus on performance, auditions, exams or improving teaching skills. Choosing this option enables students to prepare with confidence for the next step in the development of their musical career.

Included are:

  • all elements of the Oxford Players Course, and in addition
  • a masterclass performance
  • a concert performance

This course is for:

  • students auditioning for music colleges
  • teachers updating their performance skills
  • players preparing for Diploma exams
  • suggested standard above grade 8

Choose this course if you’re looking for a challenge and for performing experience.

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Oxford Masterclass

Intended for conservatoire students, postgraduates and professional players, the course offers guidance on the way to achieve the next level in your performance. There will be classes on a practical approach to professional auditions and on building a successful career.

Included are:

  • working with Robert Winn and other internationally acclaimed teachers
  • between 6 and 8 hours of intensive study daily
  • masterclass performances
  • a concert performance

This course is for:

  • advanced players of conservatoire level
  • postgraduate students
  • young professional players

Choose this option for active participation in all classes, a class size limited to 15 players and because the week of intensive study prepares you for your next steps in your career.

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