Michael Chance Countertenor


for Voice, Lute & Alexander Technique


17th – 23rd August 2014

Michael Chance Lynne Dawson Paul Beier Fiona Tree

MICHAEL CHANCE invites you to join him and his team of internationally renowned artists and teachers: LYNNE DAWSON (soprano), PAUL BEIER (lute), and FIONA TREE (Alexander Technique) in the historic city of Siena, Tuscany, Italy. Our hosts will be the renowned international school of humanities, Siena School.

Unlock your voice, body and performance skills in one-to-one tutoring, masterclasses, workshops, and gain performance experience in the stunning surroundings of this beautiful inspiring city.

Applications are invited to Singers, Lute Players, and observers. As in the past, there will be a range of musical activity, with ample opportunity to attend classes, have private tuition, work with accompanists, perform daily, and enjoy leisure time in and around Siena.

We are delighted to welcome our distinguished friends, Lyric Soprano Lynne Dawson, Head of the School of Vocal Studies at RNCM, Manchester, UK; Lutenist Paul Beier, Professore in the Scuole Civiche in Milan; and the experienced Alexander Technique teacher Fiona Tree, of the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, Holland. We will have experienced accompanists and repetiteurs in order for singers to work on a wide range of repertoire requiring piano and harpsichord, as well as lute.

The cost will be €800 for the full week. This covers twin-bed accommodation on a room-share basis, three daily meals, and all tuition. Single rooms may be possible by arrangement, at a moderate premium. The cost for non-participating partners, or friends, will be €75 per day, room-sharing. You are invited to send your application by 20th April 2014

Please include a short biography, and singing experience. Successful applicants will then receive more details about the content of the course, and the request to pay a registration fee of €100, by bank transfer. The balance will be required to be paid by 18th July. The registration fee will be deducted from the final cost.

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Michael Chance
In opera, oratorio, recital and in recording, Michael Chance has been singing to worldwide acclaim for over thirty years. His success has helped spread the appeal of counter-tenors, and foster the explosion of interest in baroque music. In addition, he has sung the first performances of a large body of new work by living composers. He cherishes long-standing partnerships with many ensembles and performers, including the viol consort Fretwork, English Baroque Soloists and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestra of the 18th Century and Frans Brüggen, The English Concert, Freiburger Barockorchester, the harpsichordists Maggie Cole and Trevor Pinnock, lutenists Nigel North, Paul Beier, and David Miller, the accompanists Julius Drake and Roger Vignoles, and many singers, conductors, and composers. He has also performed in a wide range of other iconic artistic environments, including Berliner Philarmoniker, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Maggio Musicale, and opera houses all over the world. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. He received the CBE in 2009.
Lynne Dawson
Lynne Dawson has been one of Britain’s best loved and respected sopranos for more than thirty years. She has worked with many conductors and ensembles at the forefront of the Historical Performance movement, including the Deller Consort, the Hilliard Ensemble, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, and Trevor Pinnock, and with them made more than 80 recordings for most of the major labels. She has worked with orchestras such as the Leipzigewandhaus, the Concertgebouw, San Francisco Symphony, La Scala Milan, Chicago Symphony, and Berlin Symphony, in addition to chamber orchestras all over the world. Lynne has been a vocal tutor at the RNCM, at the ESMUC Conservatory in Barcelona and at York University. She has given masterclasses at many summer music festivals. In September 2010, she was appointed Head of the School of Vocal Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Lynne Dawson's page at RNCM
Paul Beier
Paul Beier graduated from the Royal College of Music in London. He has performed in Europe, North and South America and Australia as soloist, director of Galatea, member of various groups and as continuo player in orchestral and opera productions. His solo lute repertoire extends from the Italian Cinquecento to the music of Bach and Weiss. His 12 solo CDs and 5 as director of Galatea have been well received, earning recognition such as “Disque du Mois” of Répertoire, 5 Diapason, 5 stars of Goldberg, “La Scelta” of Amadeus, etc. Since 1981 Paul has taught lute, continuo and ensemble at the Scuole Civiche di Milano. He is a founding member of the Italian Lute Society, and a consulting editor of the Lute Society of America Journal.
Fiona Tree
Fiona Tree teaches the Alexander Technique programme at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Since introducing the course into the bachelor curriculum in 1999, she has taught well over a thousand students and professors, both individually and in workshops. Fiona has been teaching musicians for 30 years. She is regularly invited to give courses, workshops and master classes throughout The Netherlands and internationally (University of Arizona, Trinity College London, European Youth Orchestra, World Harp Congress). Together with Manja Smits and Julia Dinnerstein she leads the annual Harp, Viola and Alexander Technique Summer course in La Roche surā€Foron In France.
Fiona Tree's page at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague
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Michael Chance, Countertenor: http://www.michaelchancecountertenor.co.uk/
Lynne Dawson, Lyric Soprano: http://www.rncm.ac.uk/people/lynne-dawson/
Paul Beier, Lutenist: http://www.musico.it/lute/
Fiona Tree, Alexander Technique teacher: http://www.koncon.nl/en/
Siena School for Liberal Arts, Siena, Italy: http://www.sienaschool.com/
Siena, article on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siena

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