A Typical Day

At Oxenfoord International you can personalise your experience, taking extra classes and undertaking a variety of workshops and drop-in sessions throughout the week. On this page find out more about what you might expect to see outside classes on a typical day.

Following a vocal warm-up in the Colin Thomson Hall with one of our vocal technique tutors, teaching begins at 10am and your one-class-per-day of attendance will be timetabled at any point throughout the teaching day which finishes at 6pm. A morning and afternoon break are scheduled with refreshments provided in the Library. There will also be morning drop-in sessions for singers and pianists, providing an opportunity to run through music with a coach before scheduled classes. There are many opportunities to tailor the course to suit your own requirements and you’ll usually be involved in one or more of your chosen classes every day.

This year we will continue the popular Lunchtime series where tutors will demonstrate their teaching technique/specialism in a mock lesson with a bursary holder. All staff and students are encouraged to observe before afternoon teaching begins and there will be an opportunity for audience questions towards the end of the session. Specialist areas will include Britten with Susanna Stranders and Verdi with Paul Wynne Griffiths. Drop-in sessions will also be offered throughout the week covering the basics of writing an effective performer’s CV and a headshot service will be available.

This year we are also continuing the 4.15 Informal Concerts. These informal concerts will take place in the Colin Thomson Hall between 4.15pm – 5pm (with the exception of Tuesday and Wednesday), providing a more relaxed performance setting during the course.

The Oxenfoord Choir will rehearse every day between 5pm-6pm in preparation for the Tuesday night Chapel Concert, all singers are welcome to attend.

Prior to and after each evening concert there will also be a bar in the Colin Thomson Hall. As you can see below, the days are quite busy with lots going on giving you the opportunity to take as much as you want to from the course.


8.30am – 9am: Breakfast (with 15 minutes added for get out)

9.15am – 9.45am: Vocal warm-up, Colin Thomson Hall (everyone is welcome to drop in but this is not compulsory)

10am – 11.00am: Teaching/drop-in sessions

11.00am – 11.30am: Morning break (refreshments served in Library)

11.30am – 1.00pm: Teaching/drop-in sessions

1.00pm – 1.30pm: Lunch (with 15 minutes added for get out)

1.45pm – 2.25pm: 1.45 Lunchtime Series, Colin Thomson Hall

2.30pm – 4.00pm: Teaching

4.00pm – 4.30pm: Afternoon break (refreshments served in Library)

4.15pm – 5.00pm: 4.15 Informal Concerts, Colin Thomson Hall

4.30pm – 6.00pm: Teaching (Oxenfoord Choir rehearse 5pm – 6pm in Chapel)

6.00pm – 6.30pm: Dinner (with 15 minutes added for get out)

7.30pm – 9.30pm: Evening Concert in the Concert Hall

9.30pm: Bar

Outside scheduled class times you can also observe other classes or organise your own practice, rehearsal and coaching. You can also request extra classes and these will be allocated at a cost of £40 according to tutor availability (or two for £70). These classes may be requested either in advance or once the course has started. Please contact the administrators if you would like to book extra classes in advance or have any questions.

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