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Perhaps of interest..

Recent studies on the benefits of music / choral singing

  • The relationship between playing musical instruments and cognitive trajectories: Analysis from a UK ageing cohort  Link

            See BBC article for summary

  • Beneficial effects of choir singing on cognition and well-being of older adults: Evidence from a cross-sectional study Link

            See Neuroscience_blog for summary

Konstanz pictures - thanks to Helen Sadler for these

Above: After a joint concert of Beethoven's Choral Symphony with the Konstanz choir and the John Bate Orchestra in Richmond, 30th October 1982. RIght: The poster to advertise the concert - Kathryn Harries was the soprano soloist. 


Rehearsal aids (with links for the German Requiem)

  • Choral Tracks 

This option is recommended by Christina Northcott who says the quality is excellent.

Choose your own voice part using the box on the right.

Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45 SATB - Johannes Brahms (

For individuals, the cost is £17

  • ChoraLine   

 Sandra recommends ChoraLine.  It costs around £10 to download or you can buy a CD.

ChoraLine - Rehearsal CD & EasyPlay (Download & App) German Requiem (Ein Deutsches Requiem) ChoraLine Rehearsal CD & EasyPlay (Stream on-line & Download & Choral App) : Choraline



  • John Fletcher’s recordings

 Sylvia Walker and Sue Mason recommend John Fletcher.

Requiem (BrahmsJ) Deutsches requiem - JohnF’s Rehearsal Files (


  • Choralia

Also free. Scroll down to access voice parts other than soprano.



  • Cyberbass

Choir Midi Learning Files - Johann Brahms (

Please tell Veronica  ( about your experience after you use any of these or other rehearsal aids, then she can add more information about the options.

Also  please let her know if any of the links don't work.



​                                                    Recommendations


Fugues - James ​

Podcasts ​

BBC Radio 3 - Discovering Music, Brahms: German Requiem

Record Review Podcast - Brahms's A German Requiem - BBC Sounds

Singing holidays and courses 

* The Music Summer School and Festival 
The Music Summer School and Festival takes place from 27th July to 10th August at Gresham’s School in the Georgian market town of Holt, Norfolk. There are a host of opportunities to participate in music making across both weeks of the summer school. Highlights include singing the Mozart Requiem under the direction of Dame Jane Glover and Bach’s St John Passion in conjunction with the ensemble Stile Antico. 
Courses are available in choral singing, chamber choir, vocal ensembles, opera, song and much more. Tutors include Stile Antico, Andrew Griffiths, Anna Tilbrook, James Gilchrist, Dame Jane Glover, Ruby Hughes, Sarah Gabriel, Gavin Roberts, Pippa Dames Longworth and more. 
See for more details.
* Dartington ChoralFest 2024

Marking a new week-long format for Dartington’s 75-year-old annual summer school, and taking place on the historic Dartington Estate, ChoralFest offers a unique intensive course led by Gavin Carr, one of the UK’s leading choral conductors.
The programme, from 3-11 August 2024, will focus on Rachmaninov’s sublime 1915 All-Night Vigil (Vespers), culminating in a public performance on Saturday evening in our medieval Great Hall.
This exciting event, which is open to enthusiastic singers across all vocal ranges, has attracted huge interest, including several bookings from overseas.
Places are still available, including residential packages, with Dartington Trust members eligible for a 10% discount. Become a member


In addition to the full week’s rehearsals for this major work, participants will be able to take part in one-to-one lessons, consort singing groups and solo masterclasses from celebrated voice tutors, as well as morning yoga and mindfulness classes to sustain them through a packed week of music making. Thursday evening will give students a chance to let their hair down and perform their party pieces in an informal Cabaret.

*  ​Singing Holidays | Choral Holidays | RunBySingers


*  Lacock Courses – Courses for choral and consort singers

*  Benslow Music Courses and Concerts - Benslow Music Courses

*  Singers Abroad

Bookings are now open for Singers Abroad 2024 summer courses this year in Italy - one in Friuli and one in Puglia - each of which comprises a beautiful a cappella programme under the direction of Graham Ross, Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge, leading to a public concert, with 6 nights of bed & breakfast accommodation, group meals, a welcome drinks reception, and excursions.  These are the perfect courses for committed amateur singers who wish to make music together with friends old and new! has all the details, including pricing, repertoire, and how to sign up.  Bookings are now open, and based on a first-come first-served basis.

Maniago, Friuli  ‘Sun, Moon, and Stars’, 25-31 August 2024
The course leads to a public performance in the superb acoustic of Montereale church, joined again by the Corale Polifonica and pianist Maurizio Baldin.  Music from Hildegard of Bingen and Robert Schumann to Laura Mvula and Henry Mancini, and much more.  There are wonderful group excursions to San Daniele, Profabbro, Treviso, and the stunning Mosaic School in Spilimbergo, and time to explore the Friulan Dolomites and enjoy a Spritz Aperol inbetween rehearsals in this beautiful part of northern Italy!

Vignicastrisi, Puglia   ‘Strife and Harmony’, 2-8 September 2024
Singers Abroad’s first outing to the very heel of Italy in the beautiful Salento region of Puglia.  Housed in a beautiful former mayoral mansion (with a small pool and gardens) - Palazzo Guglielmo in Vignicastrisi - the course leads to a performance of Josef Rheinberger’s wonderful Mass in E flat for double choir at Mass, followed by a concert of music from Tallis and Tomkins to Richard Rodney Bennett and Bob Chilcott - all taking place in the charming church directly opposite the Palazzo.  Outings include visits to the Baroque splendour of Lecce, olive oil tasting in Presicce, and a half-day visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello’s famous trulli.  Puglian wines flow aplenty when not rehearsing! has full details.  Places are now open to all voice parts on a first-come, first-served basis.  


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