The English Choral Experience offers a variety of unique choral courses for lovers of singing and English music, set in glorious locations at home and abroad and directed by the leading choral director Paul Spicer.
It is with real sadness that Paul has decided that, owing to some health issues, this year’s (2024) week-long courses in France and at Abbey Dore will be the last. The weekend courses will continue and it is hoped to replace the Abbey Dore week with an extended weekend so we continue our long and happy relationship with this lovely place and its people. We very much hope that people will come and enjoy a real celebration in Herefordshire in July and make that great building ring with our singing.
03 April 2024 — 10 April 2024
Chateau Rieutort, Saint-Pargoire, France 34230
A week of fine choral singing, good food, convivial company and beautiful surroundings.
Experience an inspirational choral course with excellent food and wine included, wonderful accommodation and French-style living.
10 May 2024 — 12 May 2024
St George’s Church, 1 Beverley Gardens, North Shields NE30 4NS
For experienced amateur choral singers, focusing on specialist high-quality choral music. It will take place in the iconic grade I listed church of St. George’s, on the sea front at Cullercoats. The architect was John Loughborough Pearson, one of the great architectural geniuses of the 19th century, whose use of high brick vaulting gives acoustics for singing that are always outstanding.
21 July 2024 — 27 July 2024
Dore Abbey, Abbey Dore, Herefordshire HR2 0AA
A week of fine choral singing, excellent food and convivial company in the magically situated Dore Abbey. Experience an inspirational choral course with the opportunity to join the course Consort. With an included multi media exhibition, this week becomes a mini Arts Festival.
14 September 2024 — 15 September 2024
St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford, Suffolk IP12 2LN
For experienced amateur choral singers focusing on works written and arranged for upper voices (sop/alto). The church of St Bartholomew’s, Orford is within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and has premiered several works by Britten.
09 November 2024 — 10 November 2024
Hospital of St Cross, Winchester SO23 9SD
For experienced amateur choral singers focusing on the music of Claudio Monteverdi and Nicolas Gombert. The church of St Cross, near Winchester, is said to be more like a miniature cathedral than an almshouse chapel.
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