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Anúna International Summer School, Dublin - UPDATE

Location: Ireland
The Anúna International Choral Summer School has become an event unlike any other. Suitable for professional and amateur singers, teachers, conductors and composers, the School offers each delegate unique access to Anúna and composer Michael McGlynn.
We are delighted to announce that the opening day of our Summer School will take place in Wexford in the National Opera House, one of the most prestigious classical music venues for Operatic performance in Europe and home of the Wexford Opera Festival, renowned all over the world. The remainder of the School will take place in Dublin at various centrally located venues. You can catch a flavour of the 2015 School in the video above. 
Part of the schedule involves the study and application of sean nós, the oldest extant form of Irish traditional singing, which will be explored in the context of its relationship to the work of ANÚNA and McGlynn's renowned compositions. Delegates will also sing with Anúna in a public perfomance at Dublin's historic Saint Bartholomew's Church.

See here for School details and how to apply

Some comments from attendees of the 2015 School :

"I wasn't expecting to be so moved or touched coming into this, after all I am a professional musician and educator, none of this should be new to me, but I was moved and I saw a new perspective and was exposed to a new philosophy about what a choir could be.  It was refreshing, invigorating, life-affirming (for a jaded music educator), and absolutely fun.  It left me wanting more and wanting to provide my students with more.  I loved it."

"I felt relieved to finally meet other singers who did NOT care about being the best and getting the most recognition. People who just want to be the instrument that communicates the music from the composer to the audience, but with the heart and soul of the singer attached. So the Summer School allowed all of us to live the dream just for a week. That's not something any of us will ever forget. 

"It clarified a lot of questions and struggles I had with singing! I also felt a part of a very extraordinary community of artists by the end of the school. It was great meeting and forming friendships with people from all over the world."

"I can't describe my deep emotion. It was amazing." 


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