Workshop – Elgar's Dream of Gerontius

Saturday, 7 October 2017 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

'Angels and Demons' – Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius
with Emily Dickens
and SPC's Musical Director, David Gibson
at The Gregg School, Southampton 
on 7 October 2017

All singers are welcome to apply for a place at our choral workshop with professional soloist and former VOCES8 singer, Emily Dickens.  With Emily and the choir's Musical Director, David Gibson, we'll be exploring the choruses of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius and looking at the different colours of sound, the dramatic elements of the story, what we can get out of the work to aid our performance, vocal techniques, and the main challenges of the work. The final afternoon session will include a sing-through of the choruses of the piece, to demonstrate what we've learned.  The workshop fee includes the loan of a copy of The Dream of Gerontius (New Novello Edition; the 'old' Novello edition is fine, too).  Please indicate on the booking form whether you will need to borrow a score.

The guest leader
We are delighted to welcome Emily Dickens, until recently a member of the hugely successful British a cappella group, VOCES8.  As well as performing as a soloist and with VOCES8, Emily is an experienced conductor, vocal coach and workshop leader.

The venue
Gardens at Townhill ParkThe Gregg School at West End, Southampton (postcode for satnav directions is SO18 3RR) provides us with a lovely setting for our workshop.  The school building was once the home of Lord and Lady Swaythling, and the listed garden, which was planned by Gertrude Jekyll, is maintained through the efforts of the Friends of Townhill Park Gardens.  There is free parking for the duration of the workshop for attendees.   
The schedule
Doors open at 10.00 am for registration, and the workshop begins at 10.30 am with a warm-up, followed by the first two sessions, with a short 'comfort break' (juice/water available) between them.  After lunch, there will be two further sessions, with a tea-break between.  The final session ends at 4.00 pm. Please bring a packed lunch. (View the timetable.)
To book your place 
Places on the workshop cost £16.00 (£5.00 for students, job-seekers and under-25s) to include tea/coffee/juice/biscuits and the loan of music. "Early bird" members of the SPC pay just £12.00 provided they book and pay by 09/09/2017. The total number of places is limited to 105.  Please complete the booking form and make your payment to secure a place at the workshop.
Please note that participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.