Week 2    7th to 14th August


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Weeks 1 & 2

Choral Workshops

Early morning Chi Kung

Meeres Stille und Glückliche Fahrt, Op.112

Ave Maris Stella SATB

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1

Ave Maris Stella SATB

Sea Symphony  

Crossing the Bar SATB

Ave Maris Stella SATB



CPDL #28648 free download

Barenreiter (vocal score)

CPDL #22130 free download

Stainer & Bell


Oxford University Press

Musica Baltica / Edition Peters

After her stunning debut at our last summer school, we welcome back Katie Thomas to direct our second week choral course.

This year, her programme is centred around music about the stars and the sea. Bach’s exquisite cantata ‘How bright and fair the morning star’ is placed alongside three settings of the fourteenth century vesper hymn, ‘Ave Maris Stella’ and the radiantly beautiful ‘Stars’ of Eriks Ešenvalds. Juxtaposed are the “sublime and celebratory” Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage by Beethoven, Vaughan Williams’ magnificent Sea Symphony and the wonderful setting by Rani Arbo of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, ‘Crossing the Bar’. A concert with orchestral accompaniment will be given at the end of the week.

An altogether truly uplifting and enthralling chorister feast. Not to be missed!



J.S. Bach


Vaughan Williams




Choral Course

‘Stars and Sea’

Katie Thomas conductor   

accompanist Simon Gregory  

Please note
This year the summer school will not have a music shop in residence. Students are asked to purchase course materials before they arrive at the school either from their local music shop or from our nominated internet supplier, Forwoods ScoreStore (0800 072 0354)   Click on the following link to take you straight to the Sherborne Summer School section of the Forwoods website and there you will find all the music for your course ready to purchase :  scorestore.co.uk