Classical Vocal

Classical Vocal

Saturday 23rd July 2022 - Saturday 30th July 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Reserve Space(s)

Course Directors:Veronica Veysey Campbell  and John Flinders
Vocal Tutors: Dinah Harris, Dr Ron Morris, Veronica Veysey Campbell
Pianists/coaches:Libby Burgess, John Flinders, Christina Lawrie, Andrew Robinson

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 groups usually no larger than 10 students.

The course is appropriate for singers aged 17 upwards who are serious about their singing. 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 predominantly on classical repertoire, 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. There will also be one-to-one coaching sessions with Andrew Robinson.

Successful applicants will submit choices of repertoire by as soon as possible.. These will be a maximum of five pieces, as follows:

  1. an English art song
  2. three pieces, to be chosen from among the following categories (no more than one from each category):
    – Italian song
    – French mélodie
    – German Lied
    – Operatic or Oratorio aria
    – Musical Theatre
  3. Lucky Dip’: a song from any genre (this may include a category previously chosen)

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.

It is recommended that course participants arrive by mid-afternoon on Saturday, 23rd July and leave on the morning of Sunday, 31st July. There will be a singers’ ‘show-case’ concert on Saturday 30th, followed by an evening concert to which all the singers will be invited as audience members. This is followed by a cabaret in which singers are encouraged, but not obliged, to participate. On the first and final Saturdays a buffet (sandwiches, quiche etc.) will be provided free of charge.

Comments from previous participants: “I found a voice I never knew I had and the tools to nurture and develop it.”; “I feel I have learned more about my voice in a week than I have in the past three years!”; “There is a vibrant atmosphere with a fantastic group of enthusiastic singers.”

Fees and your stay

The tuition fee for this course is £595.00, 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 30th April.

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.

Financial Support

Musicfest Aberystwyth welcomes bursary students from all over the world and prides itself on offering high-quality, intensive training for music students, graduates, and music professionals. We do not wish finance to be a barrier to attending our Summer School so our bursaries (funds towards the cost of fees) are available to help students, graduates and young musicians attend our courses. Friends of MusicFest provide bursaries towards MusicFest Aberystwyth course fees for students in full-time education. The number of bursaries available is limited, so it is essential you apply as soon as possible.  For more information and how to apply, please visit our Fees and Bursaries page.

For more information about financial support, please visit our Fees and Bursaries page.

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 23rd July 2022 - Saturday 30th July 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm