A weekend for A Cappella Ensemble and Vocal Arranging

26 - 30 July 2018



Having worked in London as a freelance baritone, performing regularly with The BBC Singers, The Taverner Choir, The Sixteen and the choirs of St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, Philip was for 11 years a Lay Clerk in the choir of Salisbury Cathedral. He joined The King’s Singers in January 1994, replacing founder-member Simon Carrington. In 18 years singing with the group he performed more than 2,000 concerts, co-presented over 300 workshops and appeared on 25 CDs, several DVDs and numerous radio and television programmes. After the departure of Bob Chilcott in 1987 he was also the group’s principal arranger, contributing over 50 arrangements to the repertoire, including 10 for the 2008 album “Simple Gifts”, which went on to win the 2009 GRAMMY award for Best Classical Crossover Album. In January 2012 Philip retired from The King’s Singers to pursue his growing arranger/composer/teacher career.


Philip Lawson replaced Simon Carrington as second baritone with The King’s Singers in 1993, moving up to the position of first baritone in 1996. During his 18 years with the group he performed more than 2,000 concerts, made 25 CD and DVD recordings and appeared on numerous TV and radio shows. He also added over 50 new arrangements to the group’s repertoire, including 10 for the album “Simple Gifts”, which won a Grammy in 2009 in the Best Classical Crossover Album category. In addition Philip collaborated with the other King’s Singers in leading over 300 choral workshops worldwide. He currently has over 150 arrangements and compositions in print, a busy schedule of commissions, and is now in demand as a choral and arranging workshop leader both in Europe and the USA.


The Course

For this course to run successfully we need a minimum of 10 singers/arrangers. Please register your interest in participating via email or by telephoning Jane Ebel; and we will keep you up to date with dates and events.

Students will arrive on Thursday evening in time for dinner and leave on the Monday morning after breakfast.

During the daily sessions, for the groups Philip will address the finer points of a cappella ensemble singing: blend, balance, intonation etc. with the aim of achieving for each group the ultimate and most important element of all, namely connection and communication with their audience.

For the arrangers, Philip will work one to one on improving elements such as form, style, voice-leading, harmonic and rhythmic language. Ideally, and if appropriate, some of the arrangers’ work might be rehearsed and performed by the ensembles, perhaps even in the final public concert.

Sessions will run from Friday morning through to Sunday lunchtime. The course will end with a performance in the local church of St. Antoine, Les Cabannes, Cordes.

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