Singers' Weekend: Jazz, Gospel & World Music

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Key information:

Course dates:
Sat 30–Sun 31 July 2022 |
Course times:
10am–6pm, BST (UTC+1)
Art form:
9am, Friday 8 July 2022
Level of study:
Short Courses and Summer Schools
Mode of study:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Course info

Book now for Singers' Weekend 

  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • The deadline for bookings is 9am on Friday 8 July 2022.

Ages 16+

Course Dates & Times

Saturday 30–Sunday 31 July 2022
10am–6pm daily, BST (UTC+1)

About Singers' Weekend: Jazz, Gospel & World Music

Singers’ Weekend is a two-day in-person workshop, led by Scott Stroman and Guildhall's Jazz vocal team, focussing on jazz, gospel, world and popular music.  You will learn songs both as a large ensemble and in smaller vocal groups. There will also be an opportunity to perform individually should you wish to.

Who is the course for?

Anyone of any age from 16+ or background with a passion for singing. You do not need to be able to read music to attend, as all songs will be taught by ear.

What can I expect?

You can expect to learn a variety of songs whilst developing your stylistic, rhythmic and harmonic awareness. The course will cover techniques in using a microphone, movement and vocal exercises. The workshop will culminate in a recorded performance, which will be accompanied by a band on Sunday evening.

Do I need anything for the course?
  • If you own a microphone and cable, please bring it to the course (not essential).
“Wonderful. Both Scott and Brigitte were fabulously clear and concise. They made us all feel great about what we were doing and pushed us to be bigger and better.”

– Lara, Singers' Weekend, 2021

Course Fee

Course fee: £250

Participation Bursaries are available for this course. (Please note the application deadline for participation bursaries is 13 June 2022).

Singers' Weekend/Jazz & Rock Week Package
Book for Singers' Weekend (ages 16+) and Jazz & Rock Week and save £80.
Dates: Saturday 30 July–Friday 5 August 2022

Discounted course fee: £695 (for both courses)
Discounted course fee + Bed, Breakfast & Dinner: £1375

Click here to book the package discount


Book now for Singers' Weekend

  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • The deadline for bookings is 9am on Friday 8 July 2022.



Accommodation is only available if you are also attending Jazz & Rock Week.

Check-in: 4-6pm, Friday 29 July 2022
Check-out: 10am, Saturday 6 August 2022

Accommodation is located in Sundial Court, the School's student halls of residence. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Should we not be able to facilitate your booking, you will be notified via email and a full refund will be issued.

About the Course Tutor

The course is directed by Scott Stroman, and taught by an experienced team of world-class jazz teachers from Guildhall and beyond.

Scott has been a Professor in the Jazz Department at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 1983. He was made a Fellow of the Guildhall School in 1988. He has won the BBC Big Band Contest six times and made four albums as director of the Guildhall Jazz Band, and teaches jazz composition, arranging and performance. He has led hundreds of courses and workshops in improvisation, performance, singing, world music, and conducting throughout the UK and Europe. He was music director for the Globe Music Exchange and director of the African and Gospel Music Workshop at the Dartington International Summer School, and is artistic adviser to the Escuela de Musica Municipal in La Coruña, Spain. His work has been featured on radio and television.

He has directed and presented many combined performance and education series and programmes on the music of Bach, Haydn, Dvorak, Stravinsky, Bartok, John Adams, Lutoslawski, Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, gospel music, African music, Brazilian music and that of many other traditions and composers.

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