A typical course attracts 30-40 singers, united by their love of singing. The day consists of 4 sessions in groups of up 5 singers with one tutor. A feature of the course is the number of highly skilled accompanists on hand. Carefully prepared individual timetables ensure rotation of singer, tutor and venue, giving frequent performance opportunities. Each day concludes with an informal concert in which anyone who wishes can perform and to which guests are warmly invited.
There is no competitive element in the course whatsoever. Individuals, whether tutors or singers, attend in order to learn, to progress on their own journey, and to help each other. The result is a wonderfully supportive atmosphere which depends on and easily accommodates a very wide range of age and ability. You will work together with sixth-form, university and music college students, as well as people of all ages and walks of life, all supporting each other with their mutual love of music and passion for singing.
Winchester College Music School, with its two recital spaces and plentiful medium-sized rooms each with a grand piano, is comfortable, attractive and conducive to the atmosphere we create.
Timings and refreshments
We start work at 10 am, the final activity being the informal concert finishing either side of 6pm. Coffee and tea are provided, and you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.
It is up to you whether you wish to work at fewer items repeatedly or more items to get through plenty of repertoire. If you can sing at least some of your items by heart, there will be more workshop activities open to you. You should have quite a few (hopefully 4-5) opportunities to sing each day.
Please dress for comfort, and preferably bring layers to enable you to cope with as wide a range of temperature and activity/inactivity as possible!
There may be some movement activities. Singers take responsibility for their own continued well-being, and judge for themselves whether a particular activity is viable or not.