Summer School 2018

Keele University

Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG


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Course Description

PLEASE NOTE: The Intermediate 2 choral conducting course at Summer School is now FULLY BOOKED, and we cannot accept any further applications.

11-19 August 2018

Booking is now open for Summer School 2018! This must-attend week 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, so whether you’re new to choral conducting or you want to build on the skills you’ve already acquired from previous SfP training, there’s an appropriate course for you.

Our part-week choral courses, which run from Thursday to Saturday, have undergone a makeover for 2018. New this year is Singing Jazz  for all abilities (NB: guest tutor Will Todd has had to withdraw at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances, but respected vocal coach and SfP tutor Suzzie Vango has valiantly stepped in to lead the course in his absence). Alternatively, if you would like to try your hand at singing a popular orchestral work, then Vivaldi Gloria, led by SfP tutor Jane Hampson and also aimed at all abilities, might be for you. The Consort Kaleidoscope course remains unchanged and is for experienced singers and good sight readers who enjoy exploring challenging repertoire in different genres and singing in a small ensemble. This course will be led by guest tutor Régis Harquel from A Coeur Joie Lyon, France.

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 one of the choral courses 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 2018 – Main brochure

Summer School 2018 – Choral Courses brochure


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

Who Should Attend?

  • Conductors
  • Vocal Leaders
  • Singers

Contact Details

Ula Weber for general event enquiries. (For bursary enquiries, please visit our Bursary and Scholarship Information page for details of how to apply; if you have any additional questions, please contact Manvinder Rattan.)

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.