Each day a practice room booking sheet is put on the Music School notice board the day before to book rooms for the following day. Each student may book up to two 30 minute slots per day, with a separate Accompanists’ Room available for student and staff accompanist bookings only.
From its foundation in 1827 Loretto School has excellent facilities and a strong musical tradition. The school chapel houses an exceptional organ (built by Kenneth Jones in 1988) and the Music School, opened in 1990, contains a suite of practice rooms and the Peter Wood Memorial Concert Hall with a Boston Concert Grand. Having recently undergone refurbishment the Concert Hall is used for the Public Masterclass, student showcase concerts and end-of-week Opera Scenes performance. The awarding of Loretto’s All-Steinway status came in 2010 and is an important feature of the course:
“The high levels of music making throughout the week are enhanced by Loretto’s wonderful stock of pianos. This creates a professional working environment for our staff and an unrivalled learning experience for the singers.” Malcolm Martineau, Artistic Director, Oxenfoord International
In addition to the Music School there are several spacious class rooms with electronic pianos for ensemble coaching and movement based classes.
There are also several smaller study rooms which are used for one-on-one classes, vocal technique sessions and private practice. Students may also organise rehearsals with their accompanist and music can be left in their named trays by the Concert Hall. The daily drop-in sessions for singers and accompanists provide additional space for repertoire work before scheduled classes. These 10 minute slots are made available on a drop-in basis for singers, with longer sessions for accompanists to explore technical challenges without a singer.
In 2016 the Colin Thomson Hall was also transformed from a multi-use space to a dance and drama studio with an attractive matte dance floor, window blinds and a spectacular multi-colour ambient lighting system. We make full use of this space with morning warm-ups, opera scenes rehearsals and the Wednesday night Ceilidh.