Cranleigh Choral Week is structured so as to give members the right balance between singing and relaxing. As many of you will know, rehearsing for several hours a day is very tiring so we do try not to overload you.
The opening and closing Sundays are primarily for arriving and welcoming and departing. On the first day, members arrive during the afternoon during which music will be issued, dependent on the choir to which a member has been allocated, and the accommodation assigned (for those who are residential).
Every course member attending the full week is assigned to one of the chamber choirs (one ladies only), each choir benefiting from being trained by the expert tutors on this year’s course. Sopranos and altos can state a preference for being in either a mixed choir or the ladies choir when applying for the chamber choir element of the course.
Following an afternoon Welcome Meeting (and vocal warm up), there is an initial full evening rehearsal to which all membership categories are invited.
For the rest of the week, the daily timetable is such that the mornings are allocated to the chamber choir repertoire in preparation for a mid-week concert, the afternoons are free time, the early evening is for the end of week SEFCho concert rehearsal after which there will be a social event – something different every evening. The exception to the evening schedule is on Wednesday when there is no rehearsal.
Thursday’s timetable is slightly different as that is when the mid-week concert takes place. Friday is devoted entirely to the major works, and there is usually a short session on Saturday morning.
On the Saturday afternoon there will be a full choral / orchestral rehearsal.
Please bear in mind when applying that this amount of singing, contained in just one week’s course, requires plenty of stamina and can be physically demanding.
Cranleigh School offers a multitude of recreational activities (see the Gallery) and the course itself also offers other musical options. For example, individual singing lessons can be booked with our resident specialist vocal coach. In addition, a popular feature from previous years has been the vocal masterclasses, usually run by the same person. Members can either take part in these or just sit back and listen to their colleagues. Some of these extra musical options may incur a small charge.
Evening entertainment will be different from one day to the next and will include a Quiz Night and Party Piece Night, as well as parties after the Thursday and Saturday concerts.