Rimini - What to expect…..
A typical working day during the Rimini International Choral Course
starts at 9 am in the courtyard behind the “Chiesa di San Giovanni”,
(St John’s Church) where Ghislaine warms up our voices with
carefully selected & appropriate exercises & at which time she
prepares us psychologically & physically for the vocal undertakings
that follow. The hour spent with Ghislaine is always a source of
discovery & satisfaction as it provides an opportunity to learn many
useful tricks of the trade to use one’s voice correctly & maintain
Peter arrives punctually at 10 am & he rehearses with us until 12:45
on the repertoire for the final concert & the Sunday sung mass. Of
course there is a break mid-morning for a renowned Italian
“espresso” ! Ghislaine is on hand during these rehearsals, attentive
& vigilant vocal advisor for “Maestro” Phillips, a fount of precious
suggestions, and together they work out musical & vocal solutions
for any difficulties that arise during rehearsals.
At 1pm we have a lunch break, usually together at “La Bussola”, a
restaurant-cum-“pizzeria” that caters for every taste & pocket,
right in the city centre but within 10 minutes comfortable walking
distance from the morning rehearsal venue & 100 yards from the “G.
Lettimi” Conservatoire where we rehearse in the afternoons. This is
of course not obligatory. We start up again at 3:00 pm in the
Conservatoire venue. The afternoon sessions are usually dedicated to review the Renaissance
polyphony under the guidance of Andrea Angelini and Peter Phillips.
Also the traditional "carpe diem" will take place at the
Conservatory; during this session you could ask Peter everything
concerning the Poliphony. We usually work at the Conservatoire until about
except on Thursday afternoons, which are kept free for course
participants to explore the historical & cultural aspects of the
city, the beach and shops. Simultaneously with the afternoon
sessions each participant has the opportunity for a private lesson
on vocal technique or repertoire, with Ghislaine, & a timetable will
An important part of the week is the evening social programme,
usually eating together (going Dutch) & arranging to meet in one of
the hundreds of eating places in the centre or along the sea front.
Sometimes there are musical events going on in the city, which we
can go to together.
The first day (Sunday) the course usually starts mid-afternoon, around 3:30
pm, giving participants time to settle into their hotels & find
their way to the course venue, while admiring the magnificent
surroundings of historic Rimini.
Friday afternoon we will go on tour & visit the wonderful
Republic of San Marino & perform an evening concert in the
“Neoclassical Cathedral”: perfect harmonies within such a splendid building.
Saturday morning will be dedicated to the dress rehearsal for the
evening concert in the “Abbey of Santa Maria di Scolcai”.
After the concert conferment of certificates of attendance by the
course tutors, considered by some folk the climax of the week, is
held during a pizza party.
Sunday, the final day of the course! Somewhat sleepy after the
previous evening revels we have a short rehearsal in the cathedral,
the inspiring setting of the “Tempio Malatestiano” designed by Leon
Battista Alberti, before the concluding choral event held here, sung
mass at 11 am. We close the course around 12:30 with a “memorabilia”
& souvenir photographic session outside the cathedral & goodbye &
“arrivederci” until next the course next year!
For those who wish & can stay on, a final optional informal lunch,
going Dutch, has now become a tradition. A gentle wind down to an