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Bach Choral Course

Information booklet and application form: Bach Choral Course leaflet (PDF, 2,352 KB)

Note: applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.  Final deadline: 8 June 2018.

Tuesday 24 to Sunday 29 July 2018

The University of St Andrews presents an all-too rare opportunity to explore the incomparable choral music of J. S. Bach. We are delighted to welcome conductor, baritone and teacher Sam Evans – back by popular demand – to lead the 2018 course. Sam’s vocal expertise, borne of his years of experience at the highest international level, as well as his remarkable affinity with Bach’s music, has enthralled course participants of recent years. Join us in beautiful, historic St Andrews, for six days of Bach exploration, in the company of internationally renowned experts.

Course highlights

  • Andrew Parrott residency: choir rehearsals, a public discussion, and the chance to observe a rehearsal with with the Kellie Consort, an ensemble of young professional baroque singers and players
  • Vocal masterclass with Jonathan May 

  • Lecture, rehearsal and organ recital with world-renowned Bach expert, Prof. John Butt OBE 

  • Liturgical performance, by course participants and the Kellie Consort, of Cantata 77, 
Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben (11 am on Sunday 29 July, St Salvator’s Chapel)

For singers, the course offers the following:

  • Individual singing lessons with Jonathan May;
  • Performance opportunities in concerts and services;

  • Lectures that place the music in historical context;

  • Attendance at concerts;

  • The chance to relax and chat with like-minded people.

Note: all details, including of visiting tutors, are provisional.

The University of St Andrews Bach Choral Course welcomes keen singers aged sixteen or above (no upper age limit!).  Observers and those interested in choral conducting are welcomed; opportunities 
for conductors will be managed on a case-by-case basis.

picture of Johann Sebastian Bach