King's College Course
What is the King's College Course?
St. Stephen's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral and King's College of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania are the sites of the 2014 King's College Choir Training Course sponsored by the Royal School of Church Music in America. The course will be held from Monday, July 21 through Sunday, July 27. It is the largest of its kind in North America, attracting more than one hundred fifty singers of all ages from ten years and up. The singers come from all across the United States.
Dorm rooms, dining facilities, a chapel, and rehearsal spaces are provided King's College, and the choral services and concerts are held primarily at St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral.
Both choristers and adults enjoy a week of music-making, fun, prayer and fellowship in the beautiful Wyoming Valley. Nestled in the Appalachian mountains, Wilkes-Barre is a historic city on the east side of the Susquehanna River. King's College is within walking distance of downtown shopping, movies, riverfront parks, and historic churches.
2014 GUEST DIRECTOR: DAVID BRIGGS
David Briggs is an internationally renowned organist whose performances are acclaimed for their musicality, virtuosity, and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages.
At the age of 17, David obtained his FRCO (Fellow of the Royal College of Organists) diploma, winning all the prizes and the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
From 1981-84 he was the Organ Scholar at King's College, Cambridge University, during which time he studied organ with Jean Langlais in Paris. The first British winner of the Tournemire Prize at the St Albans International Improvisation Competition, he also won the first prize in the International Improvisation Competition at Paisley. Subsequently David held positions at Hereford, Truro and Gloucester Cathedrals. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at St James Cathedral, Toronto.
David Briggs is also a prolific composer and his works range from full scale oratorios to works for solo instruments. He has recorded a DVD, and 30 CDs, many of which include his own compositions and transcriptions.