Students attend daily tutorials or seminars in choral composition (normally in the afternoon) in addition to the singing requirements each weekday morning from 10.15am to 12 noon and each weekday afternoon from 2pm to 3.30pm. There is an evening session daily after dinner, from 8.30pm - 9.30pm, in which composition students’ work may be rehearsed alongside other course repertoire. In free moments, composers will work on their assignments or take inspiration from the beautiful cloistered surroundings of St Stephen’s House.
An introductory session on the first Sunday evening opens the course which concludes with a performance event on the Saturday before the final dinner. Students depart after breakfast on the final Sunday.
Singing session themes:
Plainchant and medieval music
Music of the Sixteenth century
Sessions with the course guest conductor
Music of the Seventeenth to early Twentieth centuries
Music of the Twentieth and Twenty-first centuries