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Stile Antico Youth Consort 2022

Stile Antico is delighted to announce its third Youth Consort course: a non-residential summer school for talented young singers, which will run from 29-31 August. Please note that we are now only accepting applications from tenors.

Over the course of three days, the singers will receive coaching from members of Stile Antico with the aim of developing their ensemble skills, musical interpretation, and knowledge of Renaissance repertoire. This year we will be focussing on music from the Italian Renaissance. As well as music by such well-known composers as Palestrina and Monteverdi, we will also look at works by lesser-known female composers from the time. From intimate madrigals to large-scale polychoral works, the course will explore some of the finest repertoire from the period.

Who is the course for?

This course is open to singers who already have experience of choral singing, and who are competent sight-readers. Our suggested age range is 16-22, but we will also consider applications from singers outside this age range. The number of participants is limited to approximately twenty-four to ensure a fulfilling and rewarding experience, so early application is advised.

The course is aimed at:

  • singers who enjoy singing in small ensembles, or who have significant experience singing in larger choirs but would like to try singing as part of a smaller group;
  • singers with an interest in learning about Renaissance music;
  • singers who wish to study and rehearse music in considerable depth, and to explore a collaborative approach to music-making. The group will develop its own musical interpretation, to which all participants will be invited to contribute.

Participants will also be offered the opportunity to work in smaller, one-to-a-part groups, if they would like to do so, to develop their consort singing skills further.

Why study with Stile Antico?

We believe that ensemble singing is most enjoyable when all singers have the opportunity to contribute to musical interpretation. It is most rewarding when singers develop a sense of group cohesion and a high level of responsiveness to other singers. We want young singers not only to improve their vocal technique and accuracy, but to develop a whole range of musical skills.

We also want to demonstrate the full richness of the repertoire we perform. Many people sing Renaissance works without paying much attention to the text or emotions behind it. They may not know anything about the historical context in which the piece was written, or the way in which compositional techniques have been used to express the text. We believe Renaissance music is worth exploring in more detail, and we hope that by studying with us, you will learn to appreciate it as much as we do.

Where and when?

Mon 29th August, 5pm-8pm
Tues 30th August, 10am-5pm
Wed 31st August, 10am-5pm

Venue: Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley Street, London W1K 2PA (nearest tube: Green Park) 

Cost

The cost of the course is £175, with a discounted rate of £150 for bookings made by midnight on 30th June. Lunch and light refreshments are included.

We do not wish for anyone to be excluded on grounds of cost, so the Stile Antico Foundation will be funding a limited number of full bursaries. Please indicate when you apply whether you would like to be considered for a bursary, and we will discuss your circumstances with you.

How to Apply

Please note that we are only now only accepting applications from tenors.

To apply,  write to youthconsort@stileantico.co.uk, giving the following information:

  • why you would like to attend the course
  • your voice part and comfortable range
  • details of your previous choral and vocal experience
  • an indication of your sight-reading ability
  • an indication of whether you would be happy singing one-to-a-part (and if you would like to)
  • details of at least one referee (e.g. singing teacher, choir director or school music teacher)

Please feel free to send an audio recording of your singing if you have one. This needn’t be top quality – a decent-quality phone recording will do.

Applications will be considered on a first-come first-served basis, so apply early to be sure of a place!