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Bach Choral Course

Information booklet and application form: St Andrews Bach Choral Course 2019 (PDF, 426 KB)

Note: applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.  Final deadline: 7 June 2019.

Tuesday 23 to Sunday 28 July 2019

The University of St Andrews presents a wonderful opportunity to explore the cjoral music ofthe incomparable J S Bach. We are delighted to welcome back conductor Sam Evans to lead the 2019 course. Sam's expertise and experience at the highest international level, as well as his natural understanding of Bach's music, has enthused course participants in recent years. Join us in the beautiful, historic St Andrews for six days of explortion of Bach, in the company of internationally renowned experts.

Course highlights

  • Choir rehearsals, workshops and performances, including a guest conductor residency
  • Vocal masterclasses and singing lessons with singing coach Jonathan May
  • Lectures and classes on Bach and historical performances
  • The course culminates with a liturgical performance of a Bach Cantata, by course participants and the Kellie Consort (11am, Sunday 28 July), St Salvator's Chapel)

For singers, the course offers the following:

  • Advice on vocal and choral technique;
  • Two individual singing lessons;
  • Performance opportunities in concerts and a service;
  • Lectures that enhance and support the music-making;
  • 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; up to three places ?for conductors are available and will be managed on a case-by-case basis.

picture of Johann Sebastian Bach