Acting Through Song Summer Course

In the foreground towards the right, a woman with dark brown hair wearing a crimson red t-shirt stands with her mouth open mid-song. Blurred in the background stand 7 individuals also mid-song.

Key information:

Course dates:
Course 1: Mon 29 – Wed 31 July/Course 2: Wed 31 July – Fri 2 August 2024
Course times:
Timings vary; please find out more below
Age:
16+
Art form:
Drama
Fees:
£365
Deadline:
Bookings will close at 5pm on Sunday 30 June 2024 or when the course reaches full capacity
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools (ages 18+) | Short Courses & Summer Schools, Workshops & Saturday Centres (under 18)
Mode of study:
In-person
Venue:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
When:
Summer Schools (July–August)

Course info

There are limited spaces available on both courses. Please join the waiting list and we will contact you if a space is available. 

Ages 16+

Course Dates & Times

Course 1
Monday 29 July & Tuesday 30 July 2024: 9.30am–5.30pm
Wednesday 31 July 2024: 9.30am–1pm

Course 2
Wednesday 31 July 2024: 2pm–5.30pm
Thursday 1 August & Friday 2 August: 9.30am–5.30pm

About Acting Through Song Summer Course 

This intensive summer course, designed for beginners and those with performance experience, will explore singing and acting through song.

The course, which will see you delve into the world of musical theatre, pop and folk singing, will combine contemporary acting and singing techniques.

Who is the course for?
  • Anyone aged 16 and over with a passion for singing and acting. It is open to a wide range of levels, from beginner performers to people with more experience.
  • There is no upper age limit on this course. We encourage and welcome participants from all ages 16 and over.
What can I expect?

The course is practical. You will be invited to workshop a song of your choice during the course, focusing on the singing or acting component introduced in the session.

You can expect to learn about:

Vocal technique

  • The fundamentals of breath and support
  • Building the recipes for vocal qualities, such as belt and speak-singing
  • Enhancing vocal range

Acting

  • Analysis of text and verse structure
  • Connecting to character and telling the story
  • How to safely explore emotional cost and release

Holistic approaches

  • Mindful approaches to enhancing confidence in your voice
  • Visualization and mental preparation for performance
  • Breath meditation
Do I need anything for the course?
  • You will need to choose a song to work on - preferably something that has a good story. The song can be familiar or something brand new you’d like to explore. The song doesn’t need to be performance ready and the words do not need to be learnt by heart in advance of the course.
  • Copies of sheet music (more information will be sent before the course)
'I learned a lot from this course. Aled [Pedrick] was extremely knowledgeable and I can already tell that I will take what we learned with me for my future singing and acting endeavours.'

– Steele, participant on Acting through Song Summer Course, 2023

Course Fee

£365
There are limited spaces available on both courses. Please join the waiting list and we will contact you if a space is available. 

Eligibility

  • For everyone aged 16+. There is no upper age limit on this course. We encourage and welcome participants from all ages 16 and over.
  • Participants must have sufficient English language skills to cope with course demands. 

About the Course Tutor

This course is taught by Aled Pedrick.

Aled trained at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is a professional actor, singer and theatre director.  As well as teaching at Guildhall School, he also lectures at Arts Ed, Drama Studio, Identity School of Acting, Florida State University, London Southbank University, University of Wales and other institutions across the UK. 

His most recent work as an actor include: BBC Radio Cymru’s Tarrytown/ Ysbrydnos, S4C’s 35 Awr and Sherman Theatre’s Woof (directed by Gethin Evans), and as director, his production of Saturday Night Forever for the Welsh National Theatre was on national tour earlier this year.

His acting credits include: Doctor Who (BBC); 35 Awr (S4C); Lewis (ITV); Parch (S4C); Woof (Sherman Theatr); Say It With Flowers (Sherman Theatre); The Nutcracker (Theatre Royal, Bath); Poking the Bear (Theatre 503).

As director he has worked at Finborough Theatre (The Doll Mender/Saer Doliau; The Welsh National Theatre (Nos Sadwrn O Hyd; Pan Oedd Y Bydd Yn Fach); Theatre Clwyd (My People); and a national tour with Invertago Theatre Company (The Tower).

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