Memories Wall: 1964 – 2014

Celebrating 50 years of encouraging better singing in class and choirs.

The wonderful Family Summer Schools at Ellerslie in the ’80s. Amazed at what the young children achieved in their singing and drama…

More Janet Olsen

I have many fond memories of Sing for Pleasure including the entire summer school marching around Keele university singing Circle March…

More Richard Reid

So many memories of wonderful times and wonderful kindred spirits…..drinking whisky with Jim Wild and Alan Woods at 3am (on more than…

More Rob Wilding

Happy days remembering Sumer School at Easenhall near Rugby back in the seventies, with Conductors Jim Wild, John Coates, Angela Bennett…

More Teresa Hartshorn

I remember a splendid concert featuring ‘Imelda and the bottle chorus’, which was a fantastic piece played on bottles pitched by being…

More Catherine Beddison

I first attended SfP summer school at Malvern in the 1990’s with very little choral or formal music experience.

More Janice Hadwin (nee Hill)

Oh so many memories!

– Simging Days in Yorkshire I attended as a child. I particularly remember Oakwell Hall days and singing ‘…

More Suzanna Hayler

Too many to count… wonderful Summer Schools at Ellerslie, 1984-1986. Being one of the team of Working Bursars (or WOBs, as Jim called…

More Cassie Tillett

My Daughter Rachel and I attended out first of many family weeks at Ellerslie 26 years ago! She stood on a chair playing a treble…

More Jayne Smith

Plenty of fond memories of SfP!

More Dave Bradburn

Meeting old friends, making new ones and watching Manvinder and Ula waltz at Summer School…Conducting my first ‘proper’…

More Florence MacDonald

At Easenhall Summer Schools I remember Pat Shaw’s coloured socks, different every morning, which never matched and neither did his…

More Lynda Parker

Jim Wild raised his hands to start my first Summer School at Ellerslie School in Malvern and I was hooked. The man’s charisma was…

More Manvinder Rattan

Arriving at my first Summer School in Keele I was off my head with excitement and anticipation (I’m that sort of girl) and I was…

More Helen Wade

My first residential experience with SfP was the Youth Week in 199… something..!

More Katy Lavinia Cooper

Back in the 90’s summer school was held at Queen Ethelburga’s near Yor

More Chris Hale

My memory is of my first ever Summer School with Chris N, I was in the beginner group and conducting my first ever piece and just had a…

More Thomas Hampson

To be warmly welcomed by such wonderful people as I felt like such an amateur and wondered why I had gone and felt completely out of my…

More P Jill Clancy

First attended Summer School (Ellerslie, Malvern) in 1985.

More Nick Wolff

“Viva, viva la musica”…

More Caroline Challis

So many memories of weekends and events, but I particularly remember meeting Manvinder for the first time, outside Keele University…

More Eleanor Rushbury

Very first memory of SfP was in Birmingham 5 day course with Ula where I met fellow conductors such as Eleanor Rushbury and Emma…

More Paulo Gomes

Going to my first Summer School in York I was introduced to all sorts of exciting things; Informal Concerts, the dark arts of the tuning…

More Rowland Beddison

Many good memories of singing at summer schools and house party weekends but particularly trips to Vaison la Romaine and Romania.

More Ann Fletcher

August 1998 saw me packed off to Kinlet Hall for the first time for an SfP-ATE singing ‘superweek,’ led by Carolyn Necklen and Ken Lee…

More Louisa Denby

In 1986 I was taken to my first SFP summer school by Rob Wilding.

More Elaine Lowe

Too many to mention …..
My first ever SfP conducting course was a weekend in Malpas and I was the only student!

More Carolyn Neckleb

I was very fortunate to come in contact with James Wild in my post graduate teacher training at Bretton Hall in 1970.

More Liz Moulder