Choir Director: Laurence Williams

Professional vocal tutors and accompanist

“Another wonderful week of music and friend making.”
2022 course member

Choir Director Laurence Williams

Join us for this supportive and engaging course – designed to expand your repertoire, develop your sight-reading skills and inspire you with excellent technical advice from our conductor and section leaders, all professional singers and experienced educators. Some familiarity with notation is assumed, and our tutors are expert in working with a broad spectrum of experience. Laurence writes: “Our focus piece will be the four-voice Magnificat by Charpentier; famed for his “Te Deum” (of which the Prelude was made famous by being the theme for Eurovision for many years), Charpentier’s charm and the jolliness of his music will sweep us through the week as we delve into other songs that, like the Magnificat, are ‘in-praise-of’.

We will explore music down the ages including: Purcell: O God, thou art my God, Elgar: Feasting I watch, Onutė Narbutaitė: Vasara (a song in praise of Summertime), through to works by Vaughan-Williams, Hogan, Imogen Holst and others.”

One of the exceptional strengths of the NLMS Summer School is the high ratio of tutors to members.  Typically, one of the daily sessions is a “sectional” rehearsal – each section in the choir, from sopranos to basses, has a dedicated tutor.

Sectional rehearsals help members to become familiar with the music and sessions throughout the week provide the opportunity for you to work on specific areas or perhaps a favourite solo piece – the amount of time and input from the choral tutors really is unique to NLMS.

Plenty of time is included for singing through additional music, with repertoire from across the centuries. The course concert provides a wonderful opportunity to perform the repertoire, accompanied by instrumental tutors from the orchestral courses and conducted by Laurence.