Vocal Summer School for Classical Singers

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Key information:

Course dates:
Mon 18–Fri 22 July 2022
Art form:
Fees with accommodation:
9am, Monday 4 July 2022
Level of study:
Short Courses and Summer Schools
Mode of study:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Course info

This course is now full. Please join our waiting list and we will get in touch if a space becomes available.
  • In the event of government restrictions, the course will move online and be delivered via Zoom.

Ages 16–21

Course Dates & Times

Monday 18–Friday 22 July 2022
Schedule and exact timings to be confirmed nearer the start date

About Vocal Summer School for Classical Singers

This one-week in-person course led by senior staff from the Vocal Studies department will enable singers aged 16–21 to experience Guildhall School’s world-leading vocal training. With a joint focus on class teaching and extensive one-to-one tuition, you will work towards an informal presentation at the end of the course. As well as an introduction to singing in Italian and communicating text into song, the course will cover body awareness and performance skills.

Who is the course for?

Developing singers aged 16–21 who would like an insight into conservatoire training.

What can I expect?
  • One-to-one tuition with members of Guildhall's Vocal Studies faculty
  • Individual coaching from the Vocal Studies department
  • Breathing and body awareness
  • Drama workshop
  • English and Italian repertoire masterclasses
  • Text into song work
  • Work on two songs of your choice, one in English, the other in Italian
Do I need anything for the course?
  • Two pieces you are currently working on — one in English, one in Italian
  • One piece of prose
How to Apply

Please click the "Apply now" button and fill out the application form. To demonstrate your singing ability, you will be required to upload a video recording* of two pieces that are Grade 6 standard or above to our Dropbox (link in the application form). Applications will be reviewed by the lead course tutors and successful applicants will be sent a booking link to confirm their place.

*Please note that applications will not sent for tutors' consideration unless there is an accompanying video recording.


"It has strongly inspired me to continue to strengthen and improve my voice whilst also getting me very excited for auditions"

– Lily, participant on Vocal Summer School for Classical Singers, 2021

Course Fee

Course fee: £550
Course fee + Bed, Breakfast & Dinner: £1060

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


This course is now full. Please join our waiting list and we will get in touch if a space becomes available.
  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 4 July 2022.
  • In the event of government restrictions, the course will move online and be delivered via Zoom.



Check-in: 4-6pm, Sunday 17 July 2022
Check-out: 10am, Saturday 23 July 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

This course is taught by Marilyn Rees and Theresa Goble from the Vocal Studies Department.

Marilyn Rees has worked extensively in recital and oratorio, given many broadcasts for radio and television and toured Japan, USA and Europe. Roles have included Susanna, Queen of the Night, Zerbinetta, Poppea and much of the Bel Canto repertoire. A singer with the Bayreuther Festspiele for over ten years and with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Marilyn's holistic approach provides firm technical grounding for young singers and continued refinement for established artists.

Theresa Goble, mezzo-soprano, has appeared with major opera companies in the United Kingdom, including English National Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park. Her roles include Dalila (Samson et Dalila), Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera), Amneris (Aida), and Flosshilde (Das Rheingold). Recent European performances include Azucena (Il Trovatore) in Schloss Dachau and a concert performance of the title role in Bizet’s Carmen at Saarbrucken, Germany. In 2001 Theresa sang the role of Carmen in a three-month tour of the United States of America with London City Opera and in 2003 made her concert debut in Indiapolis at the Bruckner Fest.

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