8 april 12:00 – 12 april 14:00
As singer and lover of medieval chant this unique course offers you the opportunity to stay in Hildegard’s own special spiritual environment and work on her songs with experienced teachers Eilish Butler, Rebecca Stewart, Sr. Lydia Stritzl and Willem Hulsegge.
Each day will comprise four sessions of mainly intensive singing of a selection of Hildegard’s songs where we become familiar with the music and develop the capacity of our voices which modal chanting asks of us. Besides the intensive focus on singing Hildegard’s chant from her original manuscripts, we will also introduce modal voice technique as well as vocal and musicological underpinnings including an investigation of neumes, bourdon and overtones.
This course will be taught primarily through English with German translation where necessary. In case of necessity, Dutch and French explanations can also be provided. Our working space is at the Wallfahrtstkirche (Pilgrim Church) which centres around her shrine and where her spirit is very much present.
Group size is limited to between 10 – 20 participants.
Venue: Wallfahrtskirche, Eibingen (Germany). Accommodation available at the Abbey.