25th January 2014 : Choral Workshop

One Day Choral Workshop on Verdi’s Sacred Work and Opera With Justin Doyle (Opera North and Manchester Chamber Choir)

Saturday, 25th January 2014

St Mary’s Without-the-Walls, Handbridge, Chester CH4 7HL

Join Chester Bach Singers for their annual singing workshop – please book by 11th January 2014

Justin Doyle is Principal Conductor of Manchester Chamber Choir and Musical Director of Opera North Children’s Chorus; he has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the period-instrument Retrospect Ensemble. Justin is particularly known for his conducting of opera, including works by Bizet, Gluck, Donizetti, Handel, Humperdinck, Haydn, Kodály, Mozart, Purcell and Strauss for companies including Eastern Opera, Opera North and English Touring Opera. His recent “lithe and colourful” conducting of Albert Herring for Opera North met with critical acclaim.

Born in Lancaster, Justin Doyle was a chorister at Westminster Cathedral and studied at King’s College, Cambridge. He won second prize in the prestigious Cadaqués Orchestra Conducting Competition from over 180 conductors worldwide and was awarded the first Conductor Fellowship with the BBC Singers. Recent engagements have included concerts with the Orchestra of Opera North, Northern Sinfonia, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, New London Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Harmony of Nations period instrument ensemble, Rodolfus Choir, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, regular broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and a cover CD for BBC Music Magazine.

The music to be studied on the day will include Verdi’s Sacred works –

  • Ave Maria (Quattro pezzi sacri)
  • Stabat mater (Quattro pezzi sacri) (scores can be hired)

as well as some of Verdi’s greatest operatic choruses –

  • Fuoco di gioia (Otello)
  • Patria oppressa (Macbeth)
  • Spuntato ecco il dì d’esultanza (Don Carlo, Auto-da-fé)
  • Va, pensiero (Nabucco)

all in Italian. Justin has marked up copies of the opera choruses and these are available free to download from this website – a link will be emailed to you after you have registered for the workshop.

Our accompanist for the workshop will be Martin Bussey, Chester Bach Singers’ conductor.

The timetable for the day is:

9.15 am -10.00 am Registration and coffee
10.00 am -12.00 pm Session 1
12.00 pm -1.15 pm Lunch
1.15 pm -3.00 pm Session 2
3.00 pm -3.45 pm Break
3.45 pm -5.00 pm Session 3 (performance)

Friends and family will be welcome to hear the performance of the works studied at 3.45pm. There will be a charge of £5 for this, payable at the door.

Fees, Food and Parking

Workshop fee £18 (£10 under 19 or a full-time student), which includes drinks on arrival and during the afternoon break.

Hire of Quattro Pezzi Sacri £2.00.

Lunch will be available in the church hall during the lunch break. This will consist of soup and a filled roll. The cost of the lunch will be £5.00. This must be ordered and paid for in advance, as seating will be limited. If you bring your own sandwiches, seating will be available in the church. Coffee and tea will also be available in the church. Alternatively, there are local pubs and cafés in Handbridge, or take a short walk from St Mary’s over the river to Chester.

During the afternoon break, homemade cakes will be available in the church hall at a cost of £1.50.

There is limited parking at St Mary’s, and in nearby streets. All-day parking is also available at Queen’s Park High School (CH4 7AE) or there are car parks in Chester city centre, within walking distance, including the Roodee by the river.