Christmas Course 2018
|Venue||St Nicolas Church|
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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
St Nicolas’ church is the third church on this site, the first of which dates to pre-13th century, which suffered for being too close to the river. The church is on the left bank of the River Wey at the foot of the High Street, in Guildford. It is one of the three ancient parishes of the town, whose records first date back to 1581.
The highly decorated West Wall was painted by Joseph Pippet in 1893, and whose company worked closely with Augustus Pugin during the Catholic rivival; the fabulous stained glass windows, made by Clayton and Bell and the highly decorated stone font, carved by master mason, Thomas Earp (1828 – 1893). HIs most famous piece is the Eleanor Cross, at Charing Cross station, London.
Notable parishners of this church included John Mason Neale who composed Good King Wenceslas and, O happy band of pilgrims. Comical and narrative book writer P.G. Wodehouse was baptised with the waters of the font here.
A beautiful church with a thriving music community and choir.
|St Nicolas Church, Bury St, Guildford, Surrey, Gu1 3HP|
|Guildford (National Rail)|