Vocal (Choir) Classes

Date: Sat 12th March 2022

Redmaids’ High School Westbury Rd, Westbury on Trym, Bristol. BS9 3AW


Choir Section Information

1 Age of performers in the Vocal Sections is as at 1st March in the Festival Year. Adults are those who are 19 before 1st March in the Festival Year. Performers must strictly observe the conditions regarding age.

2 Where a performer has requested the services of the official accompanist, a copy of own choice music must be sent to: Jane Walton 36 Copley Gardens, Lockleaze, Bristol BS79YE.

Copies must arrive no later than 1st March of the Festival Year. See also General Festival Rules 11 - 14. If there are any difficulties please contact the vocal secretary.

3 Titles of own choice songs must be submitted with entries but changes can be made up to and including 1st March of the Festival Year. Performers will not be allowed to sing any other song than that notified.

4 A second copy of own choice music must be available for the adjudicator on the day of the festival. Compliance is the performer’s own responsibility and neither the Secretary nor the Committee are able to help in this matter.

5 When the directive “any standard edition” is given, this must be treated in the same way as own choice music. A copy must be supplied for the adjudicator. A copy must also be supplied for the official accompanist if the official accompanist is used by the performer.

6 Unless otherwise stated in individual classes performers in all classes must sing from memory.

7 Time limits as stated must be strictly adhered to. With regards to Da Capo arias, the whole aria, including the repeat, must fall within the time limit. See Rule 6 of the General Rules.

8 No substitutions can be made, nor change of pairings in ensemble classes, after the closing date for entries.

9 Where classes specify a test piece, the performer must use the edition or copy supplied. Performers may however sing the set piece in any key.

10 Unless otherwise stated in individual classes, a performer may not sing any song more than once in the Festival.

11 A performer may only make one entry in each solo class.

12 A performer may enter more than once in the duet, ensemble or recital classes with a different partner.

13 Fees for vocal classes include the services of the Official Accompanist. A performer may use their own accompanist but there can be no refund of any fees.

14 A performer can choose to enter classes on a non-competitive basis. The fee remains the same and the Official Accompanist will still be available. Please state at the beginning of the performance if you wish to perform non-competitively. You will only receive adjudication for a non-competitive entry.

Eamonn Dougan

Eamonn Dougan is an inspirational communicator with a wide-ranging repertoire and is a renowned vocal coach and baritone. He 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. All of this is alongside his work educating choral groups across the world, which continued during the Coronovirus pandemic via workshops and top tips on The Sixteen’s YouTube channel. 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. Recent performing highlights have included the world premiere of James MacMillan All the Hills and Vales Along at the Cumnock Tryst Festival, he assisted Sir Mark Elder for the world premiere concert and recording of Puccini Le Villi with Opera Rara and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted the off-stage chorus for Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ with The Hallé, Britten Sinfonia Voices and Genesis Sixteen for BBC Proms 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2019 he directed The Sixteen’s highly acclaimed tour of Australia and Singapore, Messiah with Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and Cappella Amsterdam, made his Spanish debut with the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa and Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, as well as in Copenhagen with Danish National Symphony Orchestra, VokalEnsemblet and KoncertKor. Eamonn directed De Profundis on their recent Hyperion release Juan Esquivel’s Missa Hortus Conclusus to critical acclaim, and he has also worked with BBC Singers, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Trondheim Barokk, and Wroclaw Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Programming highlights have included a specially curated programme, ‘Sun, Moon and Sky’, for Salisbury Festival with violinist Harriet McKenzie and the London Chamber Orchestra which featured Deborah Pritchard’s double concerto for violin and harp alongside projections which were inspired by Maggi Hambling’s series of paintings ‘EDGE’. Eamonn also curated and conducted ‘A Weekend of Excessively Good Taste’ (French Baroque) at Kings Place, London. His developing opera work has included Purcell Dido and Aeneas, Mozart La finta giardiniera and Cosi fan tutte with Ryedale Festival Opera. With Britten Sinfonia Voices he has conducted several world premieres including Sir John Tavener Flood of Beauty, Esenvalds Aqua, Nico Muhly Looking Forward for the Britten Sinfonia’s 20th birthday and the choral premiere of Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée at the Barbican. Other projects with the Britten Sinfonia have included Bach St John Passion, MacMillan St Luke Passion and Seven Last Words, Britten Curlew River, Birtwistle Yan Tan Tethera, Possibly Colliding: Session Six and a programme of Stravinsky & Mozart at Milton Court as part of the Barbican’s Esa-Pekka Salonen composer focus. He has assisted various conductors including Sir James MacMillan, Martyn Brabbins, Andreas Delfs, Adam Fischer and Sir Mark Elder. Eamonn has a highly successful five-disc Polish Baroque series with The Sixteen. The first disc, music by Bartlomiej Pekiel, was met with widespread critical acclaim and was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award. Subsequent discs in the series include The Blossoming Vine, music by Gorczycki, and Helper and Protector. The fifth disc, music by Marcin Mielczewski, was released in 2017

Jane English 36 Copley Gardens Lockleaze, Bristol. BS7 9YE Tel: 07752 332278 Email: janeewalton@msn.com