Our 2022 Choral Workshops are a rare and rewarding opportunity for keen amateur singers to explore a variety of music inspired by The Sixteen’s own Choral Pilgrimage.
Under the guidance of expert workshop leaders including The Sixteen’s associate conductor Eamonn Dougan, and singers Charlotte Mobbs and Julie Cooper and practical scholar Sally Dunkley, workshops include advice on vocal technique (breathing technique, invigorating warm-ups, voice production) as well as performance interpretation and historical context.
The 2022 Choral Pilgrimage features Parry’s Songs of Farewell which must surely rank among some of the finest choral works ever written. Deeply affected by the First World War, Parry sought poetry that would reflect not only peace and unity and the search for a better world, but also an escape from the horrors of war. The poems Parry chose to set are sublime, be they metaphysical poetry by John Donne and Henry Vaughan or the aching beauty of Thomas Campion’s verse. Perfectly complementing the rich sonority of Parry’s Songs is a short piece by Campion.
Never, Weather-beaten sail
My Soul, There is a Country from Songs of Farewell
Never, Weather-beaten sail from Songs of Farewell
Music, plus supporting resources, will be sent out at least one month before the workshop date.