Frequently Asked Questions

What Covid protocols will be in place this year?

  • Unless medically exempt, we are recommending that students and staff are fully vaccinated before attending the course. Taking into account the one-to-one nature of coachings, singing lessons and masterclasses (and the smaller teaching rooms at Loretto) please let us know if this is not the case as we will need to disclose to other participants and teaching staff.
  • No one must attend/remain on the course if they are feeling unwell, unless they can provide proof of a negative lateral flow test.
  • With our own Board of Trustees we will be following all guidance from the Scottish Government and will be implementing venue specific safeguards, as directed by the Board of Governors and Senior Management Team at Loretto School.

What time does the course finish on Thursday 3rd August 2023?

Teaching finishes at lunchtime on Thursday 3rd August 2023 which will be followed by the Opera Scenes performance at 2.15pm. The performance will finish at 4.30pm where there will be a small drinks reception before travel to the airport and/or city centre.

Is there any travel provided between Edinburgh Airport and Loretto School?

Due to varying arrival times of staff and students, there is no travel provided directly to Loretto School from Edinburgh Airport. Travel will be to Edinburgh City Centre by tram or bus, and then bus or train to Musselburgh. Please note the nearest train station to Loretto School is Wallyford (Station Approach, The Loan, Wallyford, EH21 EDZ). See Our Location for further details.

How long are classes?

Most one-to-one classes are 30 minutes long. Group Classes will vary in length depending on the repertoire and will be detailed on the master timetable which will be displayed on the Music School notice board throughout the week.

Can I watch other classes?

All classes, with the exception of Opera Scenes rehearsals are open for everyone to observe, and that is encouraged. However please find an appropriate moment to enter or exit, so as not to disrupt the teaching process.

How do I book extra classes?

Extra Classes are dependant on tutor availability but can be purchased either on the course or in advance at £40. In 2023 we are offering two extra classes at £75.

How many performance opportunities do we get?

Everyone who attends Oxenfoord has the opportunity to sing in at least one of the Student Showcase Concerts, where repertoire is prepared and ready for performance,  which take place in the evenings at 7.30pm

Do I bring my own repertoire or is it provided for my classes?

You may bring suitable own-choice repertoire to one-to-one classes, using the class descriptions for guidance. Generally speaking, you should prepare one appropriate piece per class with a second piece available, should the tutor want to work on different repertoire. A selection of pieces will also give you more choice if asked to perform at an evening concert.