The Choir Weekend

Friday to Sunday

21–23 July 2017

 

Benslow Music Trust
Benslow Lane, Hitchin,
Herts SG4 9RB

For many years the choir has ended each season with a Musical Weekend – a residential break which offers the chance to sing through a range of repertoire and to socialise with other members and friends of the choir.

In 2016, the weekend moved most successfully to the Benslow Music Trust.
Their purpose-built campus provides comfortable accommodation, good food and a well-stocked bar. You can visit the Stotfold Water Mill and Nature Reserve, the Hitchin Lavender Farm and the British Schools Museum, or swim at the Hitchin Swimming Centre. A little further afield is George Bernard Shaw’s house at Ayot St Lawrence, a classic of Arts and Crafts design.

There is an organised programme of singing sessions on Friday evening, Saturday morning and evening, and Sunday morning and afternoon. The aim is to enjoy a wide variety and range of repertoire in a light-hearted and relaxed environment. The music for 2016, for example, included works by J.S. Bach, Britten, Byrd, Dvorak, John Milton Sr, Ned Rorem, Stanford, Taverner and Vaughan Williams, as well as Handel’s O Sing unto the Lord (Chandos Anthem No.4) and Palestrina’s Missa Aeterna Christi Munera. It’s great sight-reading practice, without the pressure of having to get things right for a performance.

There’s a break on Saturday afternoon, during which there’s time for walking, exploring the surrounding countryside and towns, talking, reading, sleeping in the sun…. After the Saturday evening session, there’s usually an informal session of singing, including some classical pieces and madrigals, but also folk songs, songs from the shows, etc.

For more information, please talk to Liz Omand who organises the weekend, or any other choir member who has taken part. There are photos of previous Weekends on the choir’s Facebook page. It would be lovely to see you there!

Download the booking form for the Camden Choir Weekend.