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Take Part in Haileybury's Singing Weekend, 4-5 May

Saturday 4 May, 10am, to Sunday 5 May (finishes at 2pm)

Big School, Bradby Hall, Chapel and other venues

  • VOCES8
  • Alexander & Joanna L'Estrange
  • Sarah Fox & James Burton
  • L'Estranges in the Night
  • Quentin Thomas

For his final term as Director or Music at Haileybury, Quentin Thomas is gathering together some of his favourite vocal artists he has had the pleasure of working with over the last eight years.

  • Work and sing with VOCES8 on Brahms, Bruckner and Mendelssohn motets
  • Have supper
  • Perform in the Saturday evening concert and sit back as VOCES8 provide the second half
  • Sing a Sunday morning service in our beautiful Chapel
  • Swing to a Jazz-Singing Workshop with Joanna & Alexander L'Estrange
  • Be entertained by the brilliant Sarah Fox and James Burton with their take on Cole Porter
  • Wrap it up with fun company and great food, accompanied by Jazz in the Dining Hall – L'Estranges in the Night – following their recent sold-out album launch at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club.

Please join us for this fantastic celebration of singing by downloading and returning the booking form; for further information please contact the Haileybury Music Department or telephone 01992 706264.

Tickets include Saturday supper and Sunday lunch, and all workshops and concerts over the weekend.
£50 per participant – £90 if two bookings made at the same time
£15 for accompanied children under the age of 18
Early bird discount of £5 per head will apply to all bookings made by 28 March

VOCES8

The international award-winning octet, VOCES8, has established itself at the forefront of British a cappella. Performing a repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to unique Jazz and Pop arrangements, the group has been praised for stunning performances, exquisite singing and creating a sound that spans the entire range. Founded in 2003 by ex-choristers of Westminster Abbey, VOCES8 plays a key role in the education work of the non-profit foundation VOCES Cantabiles Music. The group leads innovative workshops as part of larger outreach projects in two hundred schools throughout the UK and internationally.

You can sing, but can you swing? with Alexander & Joanna L'Estrange

Devised specially for the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD), this is for traditionally 'classical' choral singers and conductors who are keen to develop confidence and style in the performance of 'lighter' repertoire. Ex-Swingle Singer and star session singer Joanna Forbes L'Estrange and her husband, the composer, arranger and jazz musician Alexander L'Estrange, lead an uplifting, finger-clicking exploration of jazz, pop and gospel music guaranteed to have you swinging like you've never swung before.

Jazz in the Dining Hall: L'Estranges in the Night

Simon Allen – sax, Alexander L'Estrange – bass, John Turville – piano, Mike Bradley – drums

The Cole Porter Songbook – with Sarah Fox (soprano) & James Burton (piano)

Sarah Fox is one of the finest English singers to emerge during the past decade, noted for a voice with a “silvery, gently penetrating timbre” and “warm, emotional content.” She has performed at several of the world's leading opera houses, notably the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and won the coveted Kathleen Ferrier Award in 1997 and the John Christie Award in 2000. Fresh from her success at the BBC Proms, this internationally-renowned soprano has been performing to sell-out audiences in presentations of the greatest hits from the Cole Porter songbook. James Burton is her accompanist, renowned as a conductor with a vast repertoire including light music and jazz. This year he has conducted at English National Opera and English Touring Opera, and recently was MD for Bernstein's Wonderful Town starring Connie Fisher. He has worked with jazz artists including Tina May and the late John Dankworth, and as orchestrator for American folk singing legend Arlo Guthrie. The duo will present familiar favourites including In the Still of the Night, Let's Do it, Anything Goes, Ev'ry Time we say Goodbye as well as introducing lesser known Cole Porter gems for you to sing along with.