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Welcome to Oxenfoord…

Building on 39 years of masterclasses, coachings and workshops, Oxenfoord International Summer School is an annual, week-long, residential course for singers and accompanists based on the outskirts of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. Taking place each year within the grounds of Loretto, Scotland’s oldest boarding school founded in 1827, we continue to offer an inspiring setting for students and staff to make new friends, meet old ones and share music through teaching and performance.

We’re delighted to welcome Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill as our guest masterclass tutor for 2019 and returning guest masterclass tutors Susan Bullock CBE, John Mark Ainsley and Ann Murray DBE who has accepted our invitation to become Patron of Oxenfoord International. After several years absence Paul Wynne Griffiths and Patricia MacMahon return to the teaching staff and we welcome for the first time Audrey Hyland and Richard Jackson. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our returning tutors and accompanists, who are leading specialists in their field and whose contribution make the course the special place that it is. I will once again offer classes in Art Song and will focus on Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin in the Song Cycle Class. Please see Tutors and Accompanists for updated biographies and Classes for the full range of class descriptions.

In 2019 the recipients of the Hester Dickson Duo Prize, in memory of my mother and founding staff pianist on the course, will be soprano Rose Stachniewska and pianist Marianna Abrahamyan, currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The recipients of the 2019 Sam Hutchings Pianist Prize will be Marina Staneva, currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and American-born Kunal Lahiry studying in Berlin.

With additional tutors and classes for 2019, Loretto’s suite of all-Steinway pianos and many opportunities for students to perform, we’re expecting yet another rewarding year. To apply please download the Application Form and do let us know if you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you.

Malcolm Martineau,
Artistic Director,
Oxenfoord International Summer School


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