Sat 17 Oct, 10.00am
Choral Workshop via ZOOM
"Every October, we have welcomed singers from around the world to our historic town. They have performed for audiences and worked with our local communities, and in doing so have brought smiles to all of our faces. As part of The Sixteen's Residency their Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan and fellow members of the choir will lead a vocal workshop using repertoire keeping to our Coasts and Waters theme. Eamonn is renowned for his entertaining yet educational workshops and if you are lucky he may even tell you about his secret 'Choral Chihuahua'"
Amanda, Festival Director
Singing enthusiasts and lovers of The Sixteen are invited to take part in a Choral Workshop with members of The Sixteen and Eamonn Dougan, Associate Conductor of The Sixteen. The workshop will take place via Zoom and include score study as well as work on vocal technique including breathwork, warm ups and voice production.
Victoria - Ave Maris Stella
Elgar - The Shower
Eamonn Dougan is an inspirational communicator with a wide-ranging repertoire and is a renowned vocal coach and baritone. Eamonn is Associate Conductor of The Sixteen, founding Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices, Music Director of the Thomas Tallis Society, and Chief Conductor for Jersey Chamber Orchestra.
Forthcoming conducting engagements include performances as part of the Royal Academy of Music’s Bach European series, return visits to the Cumnock Tryst Festival, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, VokalEnsemblet and KoncertKor, Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (ORCAM), and Jersey Chamber Orchestra beckon. This alongside his continued work educating choral groups across the world.
Eamonn is a Visiting Professor to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where he teaches ensemble singing and directs the Guildhall Consort. Eamonn read music at New College, Oxford, before continuing his vocal and conducting studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Eamonn Dougan is managed worldwide by Percius
Singers from The Sixteen
Whether performing a simple medieval hymn or expressing the complex musical and emotional language of a contemporary choral composition, The Sixteen does so with qualities common to all great ensembles. Tonal warmth, rhythmic precision and immaculate intonation are clearly essential to the mix. But it is the courage and intensity with which The Sixteen makes music that speak above all to so many people.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019 The Sixteen gave its first concert in 1979 under the direction of Founder and Conductor Harry Christophers CBE. Their pioneering work since has made a profound impact on the performance of choral music and attracted a large new audience, not least as ‘The Voices of Classic FM’ and through BBC television’s Sacred Music series.
The voices and period-instrument players of The Sixteen are at home in over five centuries of music, a breadth reflected in their annual Choral Pilgrimage to Britain’s great cathedrals and sacred spaces, regular appearances at the world’s leading concert halls, and award-winning recordings for The Sixteen’s CORO and other labels.
Recent highlights include the world premiere of James MacMillan’s Stabat mater (at the Barbican in 2016 and live streamed from the Sistine Chapel in 2018), and his Fifth Symphony ‘Le grand inconnu’ (2019 Edinburgh International Festival and the Lincoln Centre, New York), both commissioned for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen by the Genesis Foundation, an ambitious ongoing series of Handel oratorios, and a debut tour of China.