Week 1    31st July to 7th August


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Choral Workshops

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After three decades of composition courses at Sherborne (formally Canford), our international reputation for developing and nurturing composers has never been higher.


We are privileged in that our course is directed by the distinguished composer Malcolm Singer. His ability to build and develop creative and technical skills on an individual basis, in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere, has been a blueprint which has frequently been copied but never surpassed. The course warmly welcomes composers of all ages and standards who wish to hone their craft through practical experience and performance.

Applicants should send an example of their own work with their application form. Because of the success of courses held online in the past two years due to the Covid crisis, there will be some modifications to the traditional format of the workshop. Once accepted onto the course, participants will be expected to attend an online introductory seminar a few weeks before the course begins, this will introduce the composition project around which the course will centre. It is intended that composers will have an opportunity to hear their music performed in workshop and in the course’s public concert at the end of the week.

Time will also be devoted to the study of new music by leading composers and to the examination of many aesthetic aspects of the music of today. Proficiency on an instrument is desirable though not essential.

Composers’ Workshop

Malcolm Singer  director