further details of a course for singers and instrumentalists led by
Gabriel Crouch and David Hatcher
14 to 19 July 2019

  Gabriel Crouch is Director of Choral Activities and Senior Lecturer in Music at Princeton University and made a very successful Lacock debut as director of Music at Monteconero in 2018. He began his musical career as a choirboy in Westminster Abbey and a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, after which he joined the Kings Singers in 1996. In the next eight years he made a dozen recordings and gave more than 900 performances in almost every major concert venue in the world. Special collaborative projects saw him working and performing with some of the world’s most respected musicians, including percussionist Evelyn Glennie, pianists Emanuel Ax and George Shearing, singer Barbara Hendricks and Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys. In 2008 he was appointed musical director of the British early music ensemble Gallicantus, with whom he has released four recordings to high critical acclaim, garnering multiple ‘Editor’s Choice’ awards in Gramophone and Early Music Review , and, for the 2012 release ‘The Word Unspoken’, a place on BBC Radio’s CD Review list of the top nine classical releases of the year. His most recent recording, of Lagrime di San Pietro by Orlando Lassus, was nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2014. When the academic calendar allows, Gabriel maintains parallel careers in singing and record production, crossing the Atlantic frequently to appear with such ensembles as Tenebrae and The Gabrieli Choir, and in the US, performing recitals of lutesongs with such acclaimed partners as Daniel Swenberg and Nigel North. As a producer his latest credits have included Winchester Cathedral Choir, The Gabrieli Consort and Tenebrae. His work as a singer, coach and musical director has led to his name appearing in the Times list of ‘Great British Hopes’.

David Hatcher is a ubiquitous figure in the early music world, equally at home on wind instruments and viols. He has performed or recorded with most English early music groups of note, including  Fretwork, Musica Antiqua of London, The Corelli Orchestra, The Harp Consort, The Consort of Musicke, I Fagiolini and Sprezzatura, as well as The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, The Globe Theatre and Glyndebourne Opera. In 1987 he moved to Japan for nine years, taking an active part in that country’s flourishing early music scene and recording with Chelys, Ensemble Ecclesia and the Bach Collegium of Japan. Recent projects include Damon Albarn’s opera ‘Dr Dee’ and I Fagiolini’s 40-part Mass by Alessandro Striggio. He performed in the inaugural season of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2014 and in the acclaimed production of ‘The Knight of the Burning Pestle’ in 2014 and 2015. He is a founder member of Philomel and The Intrepid Academy, which explores the rich heritage of early 16th century Venetian music. He lives in Leominster.

The plan is to start the Ludlow Summer School with an early evening (5pm-7pm) session on Sunday 14 July. All rehearsals will be held in St Laurence’s Church, SY8 1AN, in the centre of the town. From Monday to Friday there will be rehearsals from 9.30am to 1pm and from 5pm to 7pm. The public performance will be at 6pm on Friday 19 July. Because of the probable size of the party we will arrange group suppers in a restaurant on the first and last evenings only (not included in the fee for the course). We will print all the public domain music in a booklet and send it to participants in good time before the course. We will supply instrumental parts.

Singers of student age – which we will not define too closely – are invited to apply for a full scholarship to the Ludlow Summer School. These places are intended for current, recent or prospective university choral scholars, music students or other singers seriously interested in developing their vocal skills and ensemble musicianship. There will be opportunities to form smaller-scale groups outside the times of the choral sessions. The scholars are exempt from the course fee but pay for their own travel and accommodation costs. We can help in finding inexpensive lodgings. To apply, just email us giving brief details of your singing experience.

The official tourist web site lists a large range of hotels, guest houses and self-catering accommodation. Ludlow has a railway station on the Welsh Marches Line, which runs between Shrewsbury and Hereford and is operated by Arriva Trains Wales. The nearest major airport is Birmingham.

The fee for the course is £490, paid in two parts: a deposit of £245 or the equivalent in euros and £245 by 1 July. The deposit may be credited to another course if you have to withdraw and we are able to allocate your place to another applicant. The fee does not include meals, travel or accommodation. To enrol, just email us and include the information listed below, or if we already know it just let us know that you would like to come. We will then let you know if we can give you a place and send you details of how you may pay the deposit.

      o your name
      o address (to send you the music booklet)
      o telephone number(s)
      o preferred email address
      o voice (soprano – mean/mezzo – alto – tenor – baritone – bass)
      o  (if a singer) whether you prefer to sing a line by yourself or to be with others

    Email us for further enquiries about the Ludlow Summer School.