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The Harrogate Festival Choral Course has been held in North Yorkshire since 2008. The   early courses were held in and around Harrogate and York but, in 2012, HFCC moved to Ryedale. The course brings singers together from across the country and introduces many to this beautiful part of the world for the first time. It is little wonder that many delegates return year after year, both for the singing and the scenery.


Lynn Hudson and Thom Meredith, Choral Directors, are delighted to return for their twelfth course, in August 2019 (Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd), to Ampleforth College which is located on the edge of the beautiful North York Moors National Park, four miles from Helmsley and twelve from Thirsk. The participants will form the Harrogate Festival Chorus to perform  Rachmaninov's Bogoroditse Devo, Finzi’s Magnificat and Rossini’s Stabat Mater in the Abbey Church of Ampleforth Abbey on Thursday 22nd August.


The course will provide a full range of choral and performing opportunities, including rehearsals (both as a full SATB choir and in chamber groups) and vocal master classes, as well as two main concerts.


Our range of social events includes the ‘Think and Drink’ quiz evening and, due to its continuing popularity with course members, our highly entertaining talent show, ‘Ample Talent’.


We will be joined by our distinguished soloists for the performance in the Abbey Church on the Thursday night, and our talented staff team will be performing at our unique concert, ‘Drink, Drink, Drink!' at The Windmill, coaching at the vocal master classes and serving as resident répétiteurs throughout the course.


The timetable will allow participants plenty of opportunity to enjoy the delights of the surrounding area which include the abbeys of Rievaulx, Byland and Rosedale, the market towns of Helmsley, Thirsk, Kirkbymoorside, Pickering and Malton, the historic City of York and the coastal town of Scarborough: and, for the more adventurous, the many walks around Sutton Bank, the Hambleton Hills, Ryedale and the North York Moors.


Delegates, however, may not even feel the need to leave the confines of Ampleforth College and the Abbey. Ampleforth Abbey has been home to a Community of Benedictine monks since 1820 and is set in extensive grounds which include beautiful lakes, trails and woodlands. The Abbey Church is open to visitors as is the Shop, the Tea Room and the Visitor Centre. A full range of sporting activities, including swimming, is also provided on site at the St Alban’s Sports Centre.


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