The Choral Courses are for singers aged between 16 - 21 (for details of the Junior Choral Courses, for those aged 8 - 15, click here). The main focus of each Choral Course is the choir made up of all participants, which prepares for three main performances. There is an emphasis on preparing for University and other Choral Scholarships, and there are also sessions in sight-reading, aural tests and performance, alongside vocal master-classes, a cappella workshops and sessions with visiting conductors. Preparation for choral scholarships and advice on singing beyond school is given a high priority. Students receive individual singing lessons from experienced specialists. Lessons are also given in Alexander Technique. To achieve a balanced course, spaces have to be limited to about 20 sopranos, 12 altos and counter-tenors, 12 tenors, and 16 baritones/basses. Mezzo-sopranos are asked to sing alto in the choir. If you play an instrument, there is also the course orchestra which plays in the informal concert at the end of the week. Click here to view a sample timetable of one of the courses from 2018.
The Choral Courses also provide a unique opportunity for organists to develop their accompanying experience by working with an excellent choir under expert guidance. Although the primary focus for all students attending courses (including organists) is full involvement in the singing, organists also have their own sessions on repertoire, improvisation and other keyboard skills, and gain valuable insight into singing techniques from the workshops and master-classes.
The Rodolfus Foundation offers bursaries ranging from 25% to 100% of the total costs of a Course. You can apply for bursaries as part of the online application process. All details given are in confidence.
The deadline for 2020 bursary applications will be published here soon.
Bookings for 2020 will be open from November 2019.
Click the links on individual Course pages to apply. Completed applications are accepted up to a week before the course, but you are strongly advised to apply as soon as possible to ensure a place, as courses fill up quickly! Without the reference a place cannot be confirmed. We will confirm your place within about ten days.