Dear singers, I would like to invite you to the 2016 Joy of Singing Retreat scheduled for September 7-15, 2016 in Bath and Oxford, England.
Our retreat begins in the World Heritage Site of Bath, known for its Roman-built baths, in the southwest of England. We will arrive in Bath on the afternoon of Wednesday September 7 and stay for five nights at Bath University.
Thursday and Friday we will sing our pre-prepared music with a wonderful 40-voice chorus and their songleader, Jane Harris. Jane and I will lead the singing days at St. Swithin’s, a resonant, beautiful church in walking distance from town center, after which we will share lunch together in the crypt.
Our residence provides breakfast. For other meals, we will share cooking in our kitchen facilities as well as eat at a variety of restaurants near the University or in the town center.
On Monday September 12, we will take the train to Oxford and take up residence at St. Stephen’s House, a theological foundation and permanent private hall at the University of Oxford. Our residence includes single and double ensuite accommodations with board from September 12 (dinner) through Friday September 15 (breakfast).
The University of Oxford dates from the twelfth century. Its record of academic excellence stretches back to its earliest days, when it was the only university which could claim to rank alongside that of Paris. Today, the university is composed of thirty-eight colleges with five permanent private halls (of which St Stephen’s House is one).
Joy of Singing participants will join choral conductor Gitika Partington and her 80+-voice choir to sing together at St. Barnabas, an amazing iconic church in Jericho Oxford centre. We will sing in the House Chapel at St. Stephen’s House.
There are many historic tours and museums to see in Oxford. However, as far as I am concerned, one of the wonders of the world is the great Bodleian Library, which houses one of every book that has ever been published in the UK and Ireland. As part of our residency at St. Stephen’s, we have rare special access to visit this library.
What Joy of Singing Retreat in Bath and Oxford, UK with Lauren Carley
When September 7 – 15, 2016
Cost $1,900 (Checks only please)
I want to keep the cost down so that you can take this trip. Comparable trips cost around $3,900.00. This trip costs $1,900 and includes accommodation, transport between Bath and Oxford, 14 meals, singing with English choruses and tuition. Your airfare, rental vehicles, other internal travel and other costs will be your own.
Dates: September 7 – 15, 2016
Please plan to arrive at Bath University Quads on September 7.
Please plan your departure from St. Stephen’s in Oxford for September 15.
Accommodations (included in cost)
5 nights lodging (single rooms) at Bath University in Bath, England (breakfasts provided).
3 nights lodging at St. Stephen’s Retreat House, Oxford, England ( 9 meals provided).
Rooms are double. Limited single rooms available with surcharge of $125.
Cost and Deposit
Cost $1,900 (Checks only please) Register your interest by sending your deposit of $800 on your double occupancy rooms. Deposit must arrive at 3945 Harrison St., #32, Oakland, CA, 94611 by March 15, 2016. Deposit is refundable minus $150 administrative fee up until April 1, 2016.
Remainder of $1,100 is due at the above address by May 1, 2016. Checks only please.
Preparation with Lauren Carley. Choral singing opportunities with English community choirs in ancient spaces. Choral chants and song arrangements by UK and American composers, with special emphasis on spatial acoustics. Casual performances will be in English churches and abbeys.
Expect an open, relaxed schedule.
Independent Activities (not included in cost)
You are responsible for:
- Your own travel arrangements, including getting to and from England.
- Airfare, rental vehicles and other incidental costs.
- Personal tours of Bath and Oxford’s history, music, and art.
The workshop is dependent on a minimum of 12 participants. If the workshop doesn’t fill, your deposit will be refunded in its entirety.
Payment is based on February, 2016 exchange rates. If the exchange rate changes significantly the rate will be adjusted accordingly.
To cancel your booking for the Joy of Singing retreat in England from September 7– 15, 2016, notify me in writing (by email or letter) prior to July 31, 2016. Cancellation is effective on the date I receive your written notice. Workshop fees can be refunded as follows:
- Deposit is refundable minus $150 administrative fee up until April 1, 2016
- 60% of total ($1140) can be refunded from May 1 – May 31, 2016. - 40% of total ($760) can be refunded from June 1 – June 30, 2016.
- 20% of total ($380) can be refunded from July 1 – July 31, 2016.
- In case of cancellation on or after August 1, 2016, or if you must interrupt your workshop time, there is no repayment.
You will be provided with directions, travel suggestions, and copies of the music to bring to England. You will arrange your own travel. Please let me know if I may share your email with other participants. I suggest you share information with each other about travel.
Release from Liability
Lauren Carley shall not be held responsible for personal injury, illness or theft of anyone attending this workshop. Each participant will provide and pay for any medical treatment that may occur during their stay.
Contact Lauren Carley with any questions: 510 652 1298 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org