Choral Weekend

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Fri 06Aug 2116:00:00
Sun 08Aug 2116:00:00

Beethoven's Missa Solemnis: A choral weekend with Gavin Carr

Facilitator: Gavin Carr

Beethoven’s  Missa Solemnis is generally considered one of the composer’s supreme achievements and  one of the most significant Mass settings of the period. This richly textured, solemn piece was composed over a four year period and was first performed in 1824 in St Petersburg. We shall be working through enjoying the challenges he sets and relishing the opportunities to sing some of the greatest classical music ever written.

Event time: Fri 6th Aug 2021 at 4:00pm - Sun 8th Aug 2021 at 4:00pm

At a glance

  • Choral singing for male and female voices
  • Working on one of the greatest Mass settings of all time
  • Friendly, supportive atmosphere

What will participants gain

  • Understanding of the deep structure of choral music
  • Experience in singing challenging music
  • Develop sight-singing and listening skills

The aim of this summer weekend is to enjoy exploring Beethoven’s incredible music and come away with a renewed sense of vigour and excitement in the possibilities of choral singing. A broad range of singers will be involved, and everyone who can sing in tune and read music at an elementary level is welcome. We will be accompanied by piano, and there will be a performance run-through of the work on Sunday afternoon. In several places Missa Solemnis is both technically and physically exacting, with many sudden changes of dynamic, metre and tempo. However, in Gavin Carr’s expert hands there will be a strong emphasis on delight and fun – ie, no stress!

Price Options

£275 Non-Residential
£315 Residential Shared
£355 Residential Single


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Practical Information

The ability to sing in tune and to read music at elementary level is required. Hire copies will be provided in advance. Limited places, so early booking is strongly advised.

Please note that prices are listed per person.

Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Gavin Carr

Gavin Carr, director of the Philharmonia Chorus and the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, is one of the UK’s leading choral conductors. His career encompasses a considerable experience in early and baroque music alongside many cutting-edge contemporary commissions. As a solo baritone and a conductor of opera, he approaches his choral work from a perspective deeply embedded in the best vocal traditions, and always seeks to enable his singers to find the most vibrant vocal production appropriate to the repertoire. Working all over the world in workshops and masterclasses, he is much-loved for his friendly wit and engaging charisma.

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Gavin always manages to combine authority, knowledge and enthusiasm in abundance. His knowledge, direction, enthusiasm are endless. He teaches, directs and encourages in equally proportions. I love these choral weekends!

An excellent course. Gavin Carr is flexible, inspiring responsive to our needs, immensely informative and educative. The course was warm, enjoyable, suitably challenging and very satisfying

Wonderful, complex music. Gavin is energetic, fun, immensely knowledgeable and nurturing. A great teacher. The course was a lot of fun and hard work, but in a good way. I learnt a lot.