Online workshop by and with Sansara Choir

Sunday evening 28 February 2020 at 20:00 (Dutch time)

Workshop in English

Sing along at home with almost 100 participants from Europe, the UK and the USA


What will we be doing and with whom?

Singing with 4 members of the Sansara Choir, a leading professional chamber choir from England.
We will rehearse two four-part choir pieces and then record them because at the end of the workshop we will sing the pieces as though it is a performance. All singers who so wish can also record their own voices and send in the recordings. Later, if all goes well technically, you will receive two downloadable videos showing how we formed a choir ‘singing apart together’.

During the workshop, singers from Sansara will go through the pieces with us per part and as a choir. It is unfortunately not possible to hear each other singing at that moment but experience has taught us that you will nevertheless experience closeness with your fellow singers. And you can sing as loudly or as softly as you like (or even make mistakes) without disturbing the others. Just do your very best if you have chosen to record your singing and then listen later to the assembled video.



The workshop will be hosted by countertenor David Hurley, former member of The King’s Singers and enthusiastic chair of the Sansara Board of Trustees. He will tell us something about this choir which has rapidly earned a formidable reputation in recent years.


What will we be singing?

Two short and very different four-part pieces; one centuries old and one contemporary.

Nunc Dimittis by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), a hymn based on a Bible text.
• The Waiting Sky, a winter song from 2018 by composer Oliver Tarney and lyricist Lucia Quinault.

The Nunc Dimittis, also known as the Canticle of Simeon, is an excerpt from the Gospel of Luke that has been set to music for church use by many composers. In the Catholic tradition, this hymn is part of the closing of the day; in the Anglican Church, it is a regular part of the Evensong. We will sing a setting by Orlando Gibbons who was England’s most renowned composer and organist during his short career.

The Waiting Sky is a recent work by Oliver Tarney (b. 1984), a British composer and sound designer with a great passion for choral singing. It is a pensive contemplation of a landscape which can be sung as a carol for the Advent or Christmas season or more generally as a hopeful winter reverie.

Please note: You will be expected to prepare these pieces at home and study the notes of your part with the help of a practice audio file which you will receive by email together with the sheet music after you have signed up.


See you singing in cyberspace

We hope to welcome many singers on 28 February!

SANSARA (c) Hannah Veale 1 web

More about Sansara

Sansara is a British professional a cappella chamber choir, acclaimed for its clear, pure choral sound, broad repertoire and special projects. One of the patrons of Sansara is none other than composer Sir James MacMillan. https://www.sansarachoir.com/ Get to know the choir..

Master Workshop David Hurley Koorschool Delft

More about David Hurley

David is the regular guest teacher at Koorschool Delft where he leads the falsetto choir and gives workshops and private lessons. het falsetkoor en verzorgt workshops en privélessen. He is closely involved in the activities of Sansara Choir as chair of the Sansara Board of Trustees and as an ardent supporter.

David Hurley zong meer dan 25 jaar bij het wereldwijd immens populaire mannensextet The King’s Singers uit Groot-Brittannië. Een zanggroep met een breder repertoire in alle mogelijk genres is nauwelijks denkbaar.

Onlangs gaf David een jongere collega de kans zijn plek bij The King’s Singers in te nemen. Als docent richt hij zich nu volledig op het doorgeven van zijn fenomenale kennis en ervaring.

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Structure of the workshop

• Welcome and introduction by host David Hurley and introduction to the Sansara singers.
• Singing both pieces through all together once.
• Rehearsing with your voice group: the 4 parts are practiced simultaneously but in 4 separate rooms within ZOOM called breakout rooms: breakout room S for sopranos, A for altos, T for tenors, B for basses. Each voice group is led by a Sansara member of the same voice type so you will get professional instruction on how to sing your part. Your microphone stays turned off (mute) so you will not hear the other singers, but you will hear your instructor. This takes about 25 minutes.
• Voice groups come together and go through both pieces again as a choir.
• Recording: We will sing both choral works as though it were a performance. Everyone can also record his/her own voice and send in the recording. Later, our sound engineer will combine the voices and, if desired, the corresponding images of the singers on screen.

What do you need to participate?

• Some experience with polyphonic choral singing. • Some time to study your own part beforehand (with sheet music and your part played on midi files). Please note: we will not be studying the notes in the workshop, but will be singing right away! • The programme ZOOM on your PC, laptop or tablet. This can be installed free of charge. We will send participants tips on how to use ZOOM in advance. • Earphones or headphones: necessary if you want to participate in the recordings. During the recording, you sing along with an existing recording of the piece that is being played, but it should only be audible in your ears and not in the room where you are; only your voice should be audible at that moment. • Smartphone: necessary for those who want to participate in the recording, i.e. to record their own voice. This is done with the ‘dictaphone’ or ‘voice memo’ function (NOT by filming).

Workshop timeline

Please check your own time zone!


‘Hall open’: you can log in from this time onwards.


Welcome & intro by Petra Weijers.
Welcome & warming-up by David Hurley.
Singing through both pieces conducted by Tom Herring, artistic director of Sansara.
Immediately thereafter, further rehearsals in the 4 separate breakout rooms.

To close:

‘Performance’ of both complete pieces (recording your own voice if desired).


(approx.): End of the workshop.

How does it work during the workshop?

• Have your sheet music ready as it will not appear on your screen.
• Have your smartphone, earphones or headphones ready if you want to participate in the recording of the ‘performance’.
• Sign in to ZOOM from 19:45 onwards via the link and password (you will receive these by email once your payment has been received).
• If you are participating in the recording, please use the dictaphone function of your smartphone. This is necessary for the sound quality. During the recording, you will use earphones or headphones to listen to, and sing along with, the piece that is played for you in the workshop. So you will sing along with what you are hearing, but thanks to the earphones/headphones only your voice will sound in your room and you will only record that.
• Only record audio using your phone; DO NOT FILM. The image during the vocal recording will be taken by the Koorschool from ZOOM. Would you rather not be in the picture? Then please switch off your webcam during the recording.
• Urgent questions or problems with the connection? You can report these during the workshop via the CHAT function (in Dutch or English).
• Afterwards, you can send your recordings via WeTransfer or Filemail to info@koorschooldelft.nl. You have until 3 March at the latest to send in your recording.

What will it cost and what is included?

Participation costs € 16 per person. After receipt of your payment you will be sent an email; • access to the workshop (link and password); • sheet music to print yourself; • audio files to practice your part; • checklist with instructions for the workshop and tips for using ZOOM (printable); • your own possibility within ZOOM to record the workshop and play it back later; • as a bonus, at a later date: two videos.

How many singers can participate?

Maximum 90. If there are more than 90 participants, we will set up a waiting list and plan a new workshop as soon as possible. If there are not enough participants, the workshop will be cancelled.

Registration deadline is 24 February

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The general terms and conditions apply to this online workshop. 


Last minute registration: Saturday 27 February 13:00 (Dutch time). Registration means that you give permission to be in the picture (very small) during the workshop.

If you don’t want to be in the picture during the recording of the film, please turn off your webcam.

If you are in the picture, this also means that you have no objection to Koorschool Delft and Sansara using the videos for publicity purposes (see also the registration form).