Summer Course 2018

Venue Somerville College
Start date 29/08/18
End date 31/08/18
£150 (whole course)
£55 (per day)
Fauré: Movements from 'Messe basse' and motets
Two Shakespeare settings:
Liza Lehmann: Settings of Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Tales
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About the course

Courses are structured so that each day will conclude with an informal concert, and the end of the course with a special concert featuring the music rehearsed during the week.

The course includes whole-group singing, musical games and exercises to improve sight reading and small group vocal coaching with a singing coach. Every care will be taken to provide age and experience-appropriate tuition.

A typical day will consist of a morning warm-up session followed by full choir practice; a mid-morning break (fruit juice and biscuits provided) and smaller group sessions.  After lunch, there will be further group sessions, focusing on music reading and theory before a final full choir practice, another short break (with fruit juice and biscuits provided) and a final sing-through before the concert.

Each day will begin at 9.30 (registration from 9 am) and conclude at 3.30 (with a short concert at 3.15pm or 3pm on the last day).

About the venue

Somerville College was founded in 1879 as a women’s college. The college was named after Mary Somerville, a prominent scientist, mathematician and astronomer. Somerville supported women’s suffrage and education.

Although founded in 1879, Somerville was already steeped in history and has helped to shape it. Many of their alumni have become major figures in 20th-century Britain and the world beyond – Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, Vera Brittain and Shirley Williams. The college library contains the papers of John Stuart Mill and a rare first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, with a dedication to the Scottish scientist Mary Somerville, for whom the college is named.

On the walls of the college dining hall, you will not see portraits of medieval bishops and benefactors, but images of Victorian and Edwardian women who were instrumental in opening Oxford up to a wider body of students, not only women but also those beyond the Anglican Church. Somerville was founded to be an iconoclastic place of learning, and that mindset fits very well with the discipline of History itself – in which everything is open to challenge and questioning.

The college first admitted male students in 1994.

Somerville College, Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6HD
Oxford (National Rail)


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