Summer School 2017

Keele University

Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG


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Course Description

12-20 August 2017

We’re now taking bookings for Summer School 2017, which offers training opportunities for choral enthusiasts of every kind – from musicianship and choral courses for singers, and Foundation and Intermediate choral conducting skills training, right through to the demands of the Advanced conducting course.

Courses scheduled will cater for all abilities and styles. Our perennially popular week-long choral conducting courses are available at Foundation, Intermediate 1 and 2 and Advanced levels; we’re also running three part-week choral courses from Thursday to Saturday, aimed respectively at community choir members, experienced sight singers and those looking for more challenging repertoire.

Musicianship for Singers – perfect for singers wanting to develop or improve their sight-reading and vocal technique – runs as a week-long course this year, comprising two distinct strands. From Sunday to Wednesday, musicianship skills development is offered at two levels (Foundation/Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2) and for the remainder of the week, students will participate in the choral course most suited to them, putting into practice what they have learnt in the first four days. If you are unsure which musicianship level is right for you to start at, you can take our short pre-course assessment to find out.

We look forward to welcoming you for a truly unforgettable week!

Download the brochures below for more details about each course and associated fees.

Summer School 2017 – Main brochure

Summer School 2017 – Choral courses


  • Catherine Beddison, Rebecca Berkley, Katy Cooper,
  • Ruth Evans, Don Gillthorpe, Manvinder Rattan,
  • Imelda Shirley, Sarah Tenant-Flowers
  • and Ula Weber (confirmed to date).

Who Should Attend?

  • Conductors
  • Vocal Leaders
  • Singers

Contact Details

Manvinder Rattan for bursary enquiries - further details available on our Bursary and Scholarship Information page. Ula Weber for general event enquiries.

Fees and Application form

See the main brochure for all associated course fees and other options. Worth noting: Sing for Pleasure membership entitles you to discounts on courses as shown, and on our songbook collections.

Individual annual membership is just £25 - consider becoming a member

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You can pay via the SfP online shop

You can also pay by bank transfer:

Account name: Sing for Pleasure

Sort code: 08-90-04 Account number: 65013498

In order to identify your payment please reference your transaction with your surname and course (e.g. Smith London18)

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What Next

We arrange day and residential courses, workshops, training days and bespoke events for singers, choirs, schools and teachers in the UK and abroad. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Sing for Pleasure conductor training is at four levels; Foundation, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 and Advanced. Students move through the levels according to their experience and progress. Please visit our Conductor Training page for more details.

We publish a range of song collections containing a wide variety of enjoyable songs and arrangements from a broad selection of musical traditions. Please visit our Publication for Adults and Publications for Children pages for details, or go directly to our online shop to purchase songbooks.

We also have access to a variety of bursaries and scholarships. Please visit our Scholarship & Bursary Information page for more details.