a course for choral singers led by Patrick Craig, 8 to 13 September 2019

A course for experienced choral singers of all ages and nationalities in a small pueblo blanco in southern Spain. We rehearse a programme of largely renaissance music for a concert at the end of the week. The course will be held in English. The general aim is to create an intense musical experience in good company and a relaxed and convivial setting.


Patrick Craig writes: “The Book of Psalms has provided comfort and encouragement by addressing every emotion head on for thousands of years. In both Spain and England composers reacted to these emotions with music of incredible intensity and variety. We will explore these masterpieces from the mournful intensity of Tomkins to Victoria at his most flamboyant, from the Coronation splendour of Purcell to the ashen confessions of Morales. Psalms for occasions and for contemplation, ending with Hubert Parry’s intense reflection from his Songs of Farewell of 1918.”

William Byrd ~ Praise our Lord
Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla ~ Circumdederunt me dolores mortis
William Mundy ~ Adolescentulus sum ego
Cristóbal de Morales ~ Emendemus in melius
Orlando Gibbons ~ O Lord in thy wrath
Francisco Guerrero ~ In conspectu angelorum
Thomas Tomkins ~ Woe is me
Tomás Luis de Victoria ~ Laetatus sum
Henry Purcell ~ I was glad
Hubert Parry ~ Lord let me know mine end

Patrick Craig is a countertenor, harpist and conductor. Since 2012 his regular Lacock courses, combining exploration of 16th and 17th century sacred music with its historical and cultural contexts, have been widely praised. He is a Vicar Choral at St Paul’s Cathedral, a member of The Cardinall’s Musick and has sung a thousand concerts around the world with the Tallis Scholars over the past twenty years. He began conducting as organ scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and then spent two years studying singing at the Royal College of Music. He went on to found and direct Aurora Nova, the first all-female professional choir to lead Sunday worship at St Paul’s Cathedral. He led them on their first tour of USA, and also conducted the City of London Sinfonia in a series of orchestral Masses at St Paul’s. Other conducting opportunities followed including guest conducting The Cardinall’s Musick at the Brinkburn, Brighton and Aldeburgh Festivals. He is also guest conductor of the Cecilia Consort in Newbury where he has led performances of Poulenc’s Gloria, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Vaughan Williams’s Mass in G minor. In September he will begin work as the new Director of the Tenemos Chamber Choir in Sevenoaks.

The course is designed for the serious amateur musician. You should be a competent sight-reader, have a straight, blending voice with full dynamic range, be used to normal choral discipline and be able to respond quickly to direction – the aim being to combine professional pace of work with amateur enthusiasm. Participants are of all ages and nationalities and come alone, with a friend or partner, or in a group. Patrick Craig is experienced at working with amateur musicians and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. All the public domain music will be printed in a booklet and sent to you in good time before the course.

Further details of the programme, travel, accommodation, fees and enrolment.


Jimena castle from the Parque Natural Los Alcornocales