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Singing Day with John Rutter

Saturday, January 20th, 2018, 10:00 - 15:30

Join us for a full day of singing under the direction of John Rutter, one of the world’s most important living composers, in the glorious setting of beautiful Bath Abbey. With its stunning English Perpendicular architecture and famous fan vaulted ceiling providing wonderful acoustics, this historic church will be the perfect setting for this day of singing and music making.

This is a rare opportunity to take part in a vocal workshop day led by one of the greatest British composers and conductors. The music for the day will be a mixture of choral music, church and secular, old and new, with some of John's recent compositions and personal favourites added. All ages and abilities are very welcome, no minimum standards and no auditions!

John Rutter is widely agreed to be one of our greatest living composers. John's compositional career has embraced both large and small-scale choral works, orchestral and instrumental pieces, a piano concerto, two children’s operas, music for television, and specialist writing for such groups as the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and the King’s Singers. His larger choral works, Gloria (1974), Requiem (1985), Magnificat (1990), Psalmfest (1993) and Mass of the Children (2003) have been performed many times in Britain, North America, and a growing number of other countries. For more information about John, see http://www.johnrutter.com/biography/

The accompanist for the day is Huw Williams, Director of Music at Bath Abbey, where he directs the Abbey’s renowned professional choirs of boys, girls and men. Huw served until recently as Director of Music at Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’ Palace, where his predecessors included Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and Henry Purcell. Alongside his conducting work, Huw enjoys an international career as an organ recitalist and accompanist, and was principal organist at St Paul’s Cathedral for ten years. For more information about Huw, see http://www.cantemus.co.uk/huw-williams/

  • All music for the day will be provided free of charge. An ability to read music would be an advantage but it is not a necessity.
     
  • Participants should bring their own packed lunch which you will be able to eat inside the Abbey. Alternatively, there are several eating places available within walking distance of the Abbey.
     
  • Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival and during the mid-morning break.

Tickets are available from Bath Box Office 01225 463 362 www.bathboxoffice.org.uk £20 (£11 concessions for students)