The Principal's Blog

News from Neresheim

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood CBE, Principal - Posted on 11.09.2015

My job brings many pleasures during Freshers’ Week: meeting new students and beginning to discover their individual ‘voices' and ambitions; welcoming returning students and professors and hearing about their summers; and most of all, simply seeing the Academy buzzing again after the relative peace of the holidays (despite the demolition work…!).

This time of year also provides an annual opportunity to hear from the Heads of Choral Conducting and Organ about their latest student trip to Neresheim Abbey. Patrick Russill and David Titterington have, again, run a highly successful week in southern Germany, with a total of 24 students taking part (singers, choral conductors and organists). Their activities comprised daily choral and organ contributions to the monastic liturgies and a concluding concert of British sacred choral and organ music ranging from Gibbons to James MacMillan and Matthew Martin, a former ‘Neresheim’ Academy student and winner of the Liturgical category of the 2013 British Composer Awards. The concert was given to a packed audience of nearly 1,000 and was enthusiastically reviewed in the local press.

About 350 Academy students have attended Neresheim courses now, and their collective experiences provide plenty of evidence that this 25-year partnership goes from strength to strength. It is one of the Academy’s most unique enterprises and collaborations for which we are deeply grateful to those who, annually, seem to deliver outstanding experiences and results.

Congratulations are also due to Paddy for his recent success in winning the Association of British Choral Directors’ annual Chair’s Award for Choral Leadership.

Choral at Neresheim Abbey