Classical Vocal

Classical Vocal

Saturday 25th July 2020 - Saturday 1st August 2020
All Day

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth SY23 3DE

Reserve Space(s)


The Course

The singers will be given the opportunity to work in a relaxed and sensitively guided environment. The course has been designed to enable the participants to gain a broader knowledge of vocal repertoire and greater confidence in performance and technique. Each day will start with a guided warm-up session for all participants, who will then separate into three groups; the tutors will work with the groups equally.

Guest tutor, Australian Dr. Ron Morris, will once again be joining us during the week. Ron’s experience as a voice scientist, speech and language therapist, singer and inspirational teacher makes this likely to be a unique and transformational learning experience for each singer.

The course is appropriate for singers aged 17 upwards who are serious about their studies. Applicants not known to the tutors may be asked to provide an audio recording to confirm their suitability for the course. The tutors’ approach is informal, but always supportive and encouraging. It is a busy and vibrant week and our aim is that everyone leaves with even greater enthusiasm for singing and with improved skills. The course aims to cover many aspects of singing including: performance skills, technique, interpretation, style, communication, languages, musicianship, confidence building, experience of working with a pianist and preparation for auditions.

The teaching will be in masterclass-type sessions, and participants can expect to work vocally every day. The importance of attentively listening to other students being coached as well as performing themselves is strongly emphasised throughout the week; the coaching will be specific yet will also make general points that the participants can apply to their own performances.

Successful applicants will submit choices of repertoire by Monday 8th June. These will be a maximum of six pieces, one each to be chosen from the following categories: English art song, French mélodie, German Lied, operatic or oratorio aria, Italian or Spanish song and one piece of musical theatre. Final repertoire selections will be made by the tutors and the students will be notified well in advance of the course so that the music can be thoroughly prepared and memorised.

The tuition fee for this course is £650 excluding accommodation, which includes a pass to all concerts during Musicfest. Early bird discounts are available on all courses booked and paid for in full before 29th February.

The Friends of Musicfest award a limited number of bursaries towards tuition fees, so early application is advisable. Bursaries of £260 are available for all students in full-time education in the UK and bursaries and £180 for international students. See the fees and bursaries page for further details.

Self-catering and en-suite accommodation is offered at a discounted rate for Musicfest students in University halls of residence, or you can book your own accommodation outside the University.  See the accommodation page for further details.

musicfestaber2016_km-757wFeedback from MusicFest Vocal Course Participants

“I would recommend this course to anyone and everyone. A fantastic week with wonderful singers and teachers. A truly special course.” A.L.

I was looking forward to it all year, my singing improved so much and the whole experience was generous, appreciative and full of enthusiasm.” W.S.

“I have never had so much fun in a week of intense work! My singing and performance level increased dramatically.” K.H.

“The vocal course at Aberystwyth provides an encouraging environment where the student feels free to experiment technically and musically, and so can achieve great progress.” G.N.

“MusicFest has nurtured, healed, and improved not only my voice, but also my love for music and my emotional connection to the music I sing and listen to. It is quite literally the start of the rest of my life.” C.G.

musicfestaber2016_km-2298w“Never in my life have I had a more joyous and rewarding week of singing and learning. I cannot believe how much my voice has opened up in only a few days. I am so grateful for everything you have given me here. Thank you.”

“This course is really different in offering a coherent technical approach that is immensely valuable for developing singers and a team teaching approach that supports and values everyone’s approach. The tutors are skilled, sensitive, generous and caring and I’ve learned a huge amount from all of them. Thank you for a fascinating and rewarding week.”

** Please note that you need to be 17 or over to reserve a place on this course.



Request a space on this course

You can request a space on this course here. Applications will be reviewed, and if accepted we will send full information on course joining and fee payment via email. We aim to respond within 7 days to your reservation request.

If you are booking more than one place, you will need to fill in application details for each potential student. Mandatory fields are marked with *

Bookings are closed for this event.

Date(s) - Saturday 25th July 2020 - Saturday 1st August 2020
All Day