The Residentiary Choir is a training choir for 40 auditioned adults, which comes together for a week each summer to sing services in a cathedral or other similar venue. Enthusiastic and experienced singers from RSCM affiliated churches (or Individual/Student members) are invited to apply as vacancies arise. Individual vocal coaching is included as an integral part of the week, and the choir sings a wide range of music of all periods. Many members are leading singers or choir trainers of their home choir, and benefit from an intensive week of study under professional trainers and singing in the company of others. Recent venues have included Wells (2014), Rochester (2015), Salisbury (2016), Carlisle (2017) and Portsmouth (2018).
The choir is currently directed by Silas Wollston, who is an Early-music specialist tutoring at the University of Cambridge.
Q. Are there any vacancies this year?
A. Vacancies for 2019 will be listed here towards the end of January. To express interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What does the audition include?
A. As well as preparing a piece to sing (chosen from specific lists on the RSCM Gold Award syllabus), you will be asked to demonstrate some vocal exercises, to test range and tone quality, and given some sight-singing to test your ability to tackle new music. You will also be asked to read a short passage of text to show your verbal facility, which will be so important in many things the choir sings.
Q. Is accommodation included?
A. The course fee does not include any accommodation or food during the week. However, group accommodation is arranged (usually at a university, or similar venue) which choir members are invited to opt into, and the costs added to the course fee. Members are welcome to make their own arrangements if they prefer.