Summer School 2019

Keele University

Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG


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Course Description

PLEASE NOTE:  the Intermediate 2 conducting course is now FULL, and we have opened a waiting list.

10-18 August 2019

Booking is now open for Summer School 2019, with a NEW singers’ course at the start of the week! This must-attend residential event 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 popular, half-week Choral Courses run from Thursday to Sunday morning, with concert performances on Saturday evening. The Consort Course (led by Rupert Gough, Director of Choral Music at Royal Holloway) is suitable for experienced singers and good sight readers who enjoy exploring challenging repertoire and singing in a small ensemble. Sing Gospel is for anyone wanting to explore traditional and modern gospel music, led by gospel expert and renowned singer, Themba Mvula. Alternatively, if you would like to try your hand at singing a popular choral classic, then the Fauré Requiem course might be for you.

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 at Foundation level is offered, and then 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.

NEW for 2019 as alternative to the musicianship course is our English Heritage Singers’ Course, which focusses on English folk song and choral music; this course is suitable for people with some experience of reading music and also continues on to the choral courses later in the week.

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 2019 – Main brochure

Summer School 2019 – Choral Courses brochure


  • Catherine Beddison, Rebecca Berkley, Naomi Berry,
  • Katy Cooper, Don Gillthorpe, Nick Graham, Manvinder Rattan,
  • Imelda Shirley 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; for full booking terms and conditions click hereWorth noting: Sing for Pleasure membership entitles you to discounts on courses as shown, and on our songbook collections.

For event booking terms & conditions click here.

Annual membership offers a host of benefits and discounts for just £40 (£15 for under-26s) - consider becoming a member.

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Please pay via the SfP online shop

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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.