Summer School

The Summer Schools are a unique opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading a cappella groups in a fun & supportive environment.  Whether you are attending with your ensemble or as an individual to be placed within a group at the start of the School, you will be fully immersed in music, honing your skills and helping you to enjoy a lifetime of singing at a higher level than you may have ever imagined.

 

 

Applications for 2017 are now closed. Please email Meg Davies if you have any questions.

U.S. Summer School U.K. Summer School

 

The King’s Singers’ craft can be distilled into one over-riding concept: listening. This will be the focus of the Summer Schools; how to listen, adapt to what we hear, and communicate the text of any song, whatever its language or style, to an audience. Through better listening, ensembles can achieve a sound that is more balanced, blended, and leads to a more enjoyable experience for performers and listeners alike.

Each Summer School has a structure based on tuition with an individual King’s Singer, together with joint workshops, performance opportunities and organised social activities.

U.S. Summer School

The group are delighted that Bob Chilcott, former King’s Singer tenor and world-renowned composer, has agreed to join for this Summer School. Bob has cemented a position as one of the most sought-after contemporary choral clinicians and will be leading workshop sessions on choral direction and the interpretation of his music, as well as sharing his experiences as a King’s Singer and how the group’s approach has helped to shape his musical life.

U.K. Summer School

This will include the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of singing the service of Choral Evensong at the St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle – one of Her Majesty the Queen’s official residences.

Those of you returning to the Summer School will know just how much importance we place on its culture – there’s always a special atmosphere created by people who, like the K.S., just love singing!

Our focus of the Summer School is to guide you through a diverse week of activity that we hope will leave you inspired. We are really looking forward to bringing this event to the U.S. for the first time and returning to Royal Holloway in 2017 and hope to see you there!   The King’s Singers

 

Sample Schedule

The following is a sample daily schedule and details are subject to change. You will receive confirmed and detailed schedules on the first day of the Summer School.

8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast

09:45am – 10:00am Warm up / question time and exchange of ideas

10:00am – 11:00am Workshop: sessions for each ensemble to work with members of the KS

11:00am – 11:30am Break

11:30am – 12:30am Workshop: sessions for each ensemble to work with members of the KS

12:30am – 1:45pm Lunch

2:30pm – 5:30pm Workshops / tutti workshops with guest clinician/artist

6:15pm – 7:15pm Dinner

Evening activity social event/private rehearsal time/free evening

 

Watch our testimonial videos to hear previous Summer School participants share their experiences and why they recommend taking part!

 

 

Contact

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the application process, please contact Meg Davies at Music Productions, or the group’s General Manager, Claire Long.

Music Productions Ltd Studio 4, Noble House, Mount Hill Lane, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 8SU, UK    |  T: +44 1753 783739

E:  megan@musicprods.co.uk |  claire@musicprods.co.uk

W: www.musicprods.co.uk  |  www.kssummerschool.com

13 – 19 June 2017   |   DePauw University, Indiana

Special guest clinician: Bob Chilcott… “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music” The Observer 

Be prepared to be energised, captivated & inspired as our good friend, and former King’s Singer Bob Chilcott – one of the most inspiring composers, conductors, clinicians and workshop leaders of our day – joins us in DePauw to lead sessions and workshops during the Summer School.  Committed to writing music which is both “singable and communicative” Bob will share wisdom garnered from years of composing, singing and working with ensembles, guiding us through some of his most extraordinary ensemble pieces.

This inaugural U.S. Summer School will take place at DePauw University, Indiana. The thriving music department is deeply committed to reshaping modern music education, which is reflected in the facilities it offers. One of the first Schools of Music in the United States, in June 2015 the campus was host to the first-ever Global Musician Workshop, led by the phenomenal cellist Yo Yo Ma and members of his renowned Silk Road Ensemble.

Ahead of the first U.S. School, Mark McCoy, President of DePauw University, and former Dean of DePauw University School of Music says “We are thrilled to partner with one of the world’s best and most-loved musical groups for this unforgettable, life-changing experience. If you love singing, this is the place to be!”

U.S. Information Pack How to Apply

 

 Application Form Terms and Conditions

General Terms

International travel to/from the Summer Schools is not included in the course cost.

You will be notified at the earliest opportunity by email if your application has been accepted. On acceptance to the Summer School, your place will be held open for 4 weeks pending payment of the non-refundable deposit. If the deposit remains unpaid after this time, the place will be offered to another Applicant.

Payments can be made via wire transfer or BACS. Full details will be sent to you upon acceptance onto the Summer School.

Please refer to the Terms & Conditions for the cancellation policy and details of insurances required by applicants.

The balance will be due by 01 February 2017 – a reminder will be sent to you. Applications accepted following 01 February 2017 must be paid in full within 3 weeks of the date of acceptance.

Please note we only able to accept applications from those who will be age 16 years or over at the beginning of the Summer School.

Applicants under 18 years of age on the day of application are required to provide contact details for a parent or responsible guardian. Before an Applicant aged under 18 can be accepted to the Summer School, a completed parental consent form will be required. This will be sent following the submission of the application form.

Applications for 2017 are now closed. Please email Meg Davies if you have any questions.

17 – 22 July 2017   |  Royal Holloway, University of London

Sing Evensong in one of the most beautiful buildings in the UK – St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

Set within the grandeur of Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and one of the official residences of Her Majesty the Queen, UK Summer School participants have the most extraordinary opportunity to take part in the age-old service of Choral Evensong.  By kind permission of the Chapter of St George’s Chapel, we have been granted the opportunity to sing Evensong. This is a rare opportunity, honour and a privilege.

The King’s Singers are proud to return to Royal Holloway, University of London where they continue to be Artists in Residence and enjoy a strong professional partnership with the music department.

Eric Whitacre, guest clinician at the UK Summer School 2015 said of his involvement “It was a pleasure and honor to make music with such passionate and talented singers at the KS Summer School in 2015.  The atmosphere in that gorgeous room – the Picture Gallery at Royal Holloway – when we worked on Sleep was truly magical.  The King’s Singers are supremely talented guys – legends – and such fun to be around.  I’d participate in another KS Summer School again in a heartbeat.”

“I spent a wonderful day at the King’s Singers Summer School exploring music from the late 15th century with a large and varied group of enthusiastic and committed singers.  A highlight was the performance they gave of some of the repertoire in the beautiful chapel at Royal Holloway. This unique chance to work closely with such a skilled group as The King’s Singers is not to be missed: you will be amazed at the musical discoveries you will make.” Dr Stephen Darlington, who led an extraordinary session exploring extracts of The Eton Choirbook.

U.K. Information Pack How to Apply

 

 Application Form Terms and Conditions

General Terms

International travel to/from the Summer Schools is not included in the course cost.

You will be notified at the earliest opportunity by email if your application has been accepted. On acceptance to the Summer School, your place will be held open for 4 weeks pending payment of the non-refundable deposit. If the deposit remains unpaid after this time, the place will be offered to another Applicant.

Payments can be made via wire transfer or BACS. Full details will be sent to you upon acceptance onto the Summer School.

Please refer to the Terms & Conditions for the cancellation policy and details of insurances required by applicants.

The balance will be due by 01 February 2017 – a reminder will be sent to you. Applications accepted following 01 February 2017 must be paid in full within 3 weeks of the date of acceptance.

Please note we only able to accept applications from those who will be age 16 years or over at the beginning of the Summer School.

Applicants under 18 years of age on the day of application are required to provide contact details for a parent or responsible guardian. Before an Applicant aged under 18 can be accepted to the Summer School, a completed parental consent form will be required. This will be sent following the submission of the application form.

Applications for 2017 are now closed. Please email Meg Davies if you have any questions.

How to Apply

Applications for 2017 are now closed. Please email Meg Davies if you have any questions. 

To apply for your place on the Summer Schools, complete and submit the application form supplying all the relevant information along with your audition file. Your application will not be considered by The King’s Singers until the completed form and audition file have both been received. All applications will be assessed as and when they are received, and places given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note, we are only able to accept applications from those who will be age 16 years or over on the first day of the Summer School which you wish to attend.

Applicants under 18 years of age on the day of application are required to provide contact details for a parent or responsible guardian. Before an Applicant aged under 18 can be accepted to the Summer School, a completed parental consent form will be required. This will be sent following the submission of the application form.

We require every new applicant to submit an audition in the form of a recently-recorded audio track. We ask you to submit a recording singing an a cappella English folksong—the choice of song is up to you! However for some inspiration, do take a look at The King’s Singers collection of folksongs in the KS Shop.

Please upload your audio file to the Dropbox link supplied in the application form, before submitting. We request that auditions are sent as mp3s not exceeding 10MB clearly labelled with your full name or ensemble name.

You will not be judged on the sound or technical quality of your recording. Your folksong can be recorded on your smartphone (Voice Memos on iOS for example) or via the built-in microphone on your laptop or computer.

If you are unable to upload your audition file at point of submission of your application form, please email summerschool@kingssingers.com to inform us, and upload as soon as possible to Dropbox.  Please note your application will not be considered until both your completed application form and audio file have been received.

If you are a returning Summer School participant you do not have to submit an audio recording by way of audition, but you do need to complete the application form in full.

By completing and submitting your application you hereby agree to the full terms and conditions of The King’s Singers Summer School.

 

U.S. Information Pack U.K. Information Pack

 Application Form Terms and Conditions

 

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the application process, please contact Meg Davies at Music Productions, or the group’s General Manager, Claire Long.

 

Music Productions Ltd Studio 4, Noble House, Mount Hill Lane, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 8SU, UK    |  T: +44 1753 783739

E:  megan@musicprods.co.uk  |  claire@musicprods.co.uk

W: www.musicprods.co.uk  |  www.kssummerschool.com

Previous Summer Schools

The King’s Singers returned to Royal Holloway, University of London for their 2nd Summer School in 2015, which saw not only returning participants, but singers joining from 21 countries from across the globe.

The KS welcomed esteemed conductor Dr Stephen Darlington who spoke informatively and eloquently on extracts from the Eton Choirbook.  This was a rare opportunity to get to know some of the music and its variety from a distinguished professor, focussing on composers Robert Wylkynson, John Hampton and Richard Fawkyner.  Stephen bought along a copy of the manuscript for participants to study and he spoke of the historical context and musical complexities of the music.  Breaking the music down (as it often split into 10 parts!) and slowly rebuilding, the final performance of the extracts which formed Compline in the RHUL Chapel, was a particularly special moment.  Many of the participants had never taken part in such a service, and the sense of accomplishment in performing demanding yet sublime repertoire was quite overwhelming for some.

Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre led a workshop on two of his most popular pieces – Sleep and The Seal Lullaby. In the grandeur and calm setting of the Picture Gallery, Eric worked with the group on the subtle intricacies, musical patience and atmospheric performance that this repertoire demands. The final run-through of Sleep left a profound silence in the room as the emotion and intensity of ensemble singing that had been achieved was realised.

The King’s Singers inaugural Summer School took place in July 2013 at Royal Holloway, University of London. This momentous occasion was shared by 93 singers, ranging in age from 14 – 67, travelling from over twenty different countries from Europe, North America and Australasia.

The KS were delighted to invite composer and arranger Alexander L’Estrange to work with participants at the Summer School.   His workshop – You can Sing, but can you Swing! – encouraged and trained singers in the art of groove, swing, click, clap, jazz and pop.   Exuding extraordinary musical skills, energy and a love of life, Alexander hosted a fun-packed session that unlocked and encouraged the art of Swing.

The Summer Schools have not only afforded strong friendships to form, created social occasions with tears of laughter, but most importantly the opportunity to work alongside the KS in a unique environment, achieving beyond expectations the ability to make-music and sing within an ensemble to the highest level.

 
 

 “A winning format”

“The whole week was unforgettable, I gained so much energy from The King’s Singers and the other participants…singing together all the time…that is my most precious experience.”

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