undefinedSarah Tenant-Flowers

A course for female voices exploring diverse repertoire, from medieval to contemporary and from varying cultures, led by Sarah Tenant-Flowers, conductor and artistic director of the UK’s leading professional female voice consort Papagena.

STANDARD: IMPROVER, CONFIDENT, SKILFUL

Resident: £339 Non-Resident: £246 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 22/254

Booking for Members opens at 11am on Monday 10 January 2022.

Non-Member and online booking opens at 11am on Monday 7 February 2022.

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.

What is the course about?

A singing course for female voices exploring wide ranging repertoire, from medieval to contemporary and from varying cultures, led by Sarah Tenant-Flowers, conductor and artistic director of the UK’s leading professional female voice consort Papagena.

Participants will sing and explore the interpretation of a very wide range of sacred and secular music drawn from Papagena’s distinctive and diverse repertoire, including sessions on the following topics:

sacred music from Georgia, Armenia and Russia

folk legends and lullabies from around the world

English music from the medieval and 20th century eras

contemporary popular Canadian and American repertoire

popular and folk ballads

humourous pieces for female voices

alternative arrangements of popular Christmas carols

call and response songs from medieval England and Spain

In addition there will be an opportunity (optional) to study an extended work for upper voices (either Randall Thompson Alleluia or Orazio Vecchi’s Stabat Mater Dolorosa).

Vocal technique training will be embedded into the course.

Tutor website: www.papagena.co.uk

Papagena recordings featuring much of the repertoire to be covered are available on Spotify: The Darkest Midnight (SOMM0189) and Hush! (SOMM0608)

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Sing a wide range of repertoire for upper voices including medieval, folk, contemporary and classical

Learn about style and interpretation relevant to each piece

Develop vocal skills and learn appropriate vocal techniques relevant to each piece

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Nearly all of the repertoire will be learned from sheet music, so the ability to read music is essential. In addition, the majority of the repertoire is written in 3 to 5 separate voice parts, so the ability to hold a musical line independently is desirable.

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

No advance preparation is required. Participants will form a choir and will sing throughout each session. Feedback will be given to the group as a whole during the course.

There will also be the opportunity for collaboration during the free time on Saturday afternoon to sing through work composed by participants on the concurrent composing course.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Sheet music will be provided by the tutor upon arrival at the course. Unfortunately it is not possible to send out music prior to the course, though nearer the time, it may be possible to make a few pieces available for download.

What previous participants said about this course…

“…one of those amazingly inspirational conductors…who always seems to bring something new to the repertoire.”

“Sarah was an excellent tutor, very good at her job and always supportive and encouraging. A wide and really interesting variety of works for us to attempt.”

“It is rare to find a choral course at such a high standard. The repertoire was very varied and included some wonderful pieces. Sarah is a superb musician but also very friendly and approachable. An excellent course - more, please!”

“A course for competent singers who want to explore new repertoire for upper voices, with an excellent tutor.”

“I particularly enjoyed the variety of repertoire and Sarah's fantastic style as a tutor / conductor. She made us feel so at ease with some really quite difficult repertoire.”