2016 Eton Choral Courses end, and new teaching jobs start.
Well, all of the Eton Choral Courses are done for another year. And I am getting set for a first day of teaching at Gresham’s School, and when the term starts at Cambridge, for some teaching at Christ’s College. The Cambridge Choral Course, directed by the lovely Simon Toyne, finished with some fantastic choral music making in St John’s College Chapel and in an informal concert with a pretty wide variety of offerings, from recorder virtuosity to a stunning ‘Geographical Fugue’. The students sang evensong at King’s College, under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, which included some pretty tricky but wonderful music by Roxana Panufnik, and they also sang Compline at Queen’s College under the legendary Ralph Allwood. For anyone wanting to develop their choral singing, this couldn’t have been a more inspiring week. For me, it was the usual lift, as I poached ideas from brilliant and clever colleagues, discussed ideas and nabbed strategies which I hope to take with me into the next year’s teaching as I start my new jobs at Gresham’s School and Christ’s College, Cambridge.