Students may sign up for one 30-minute class per day from a range of tutors specialising in technique, performance practice, repertoire, style, language and acting (extras classes are also available upon request and depending on tutor availability). There are also group warm-ups, demonstrations, drop-in sessions, informal concerts and choir rehearsals everyday in preparation for the popular Chapel Concert on the penultimate evening of the course.
All students are encouraged to observe other classes and perform in at least one of the evening showcase concerts during the week. The course offers unrivalled opportunities for singers and accompanists, from the inexperienced to those at the highest level, to learn from one another and study with the highest calibre of teachers and coaches in the profession.
Our professional accompanists play for all classes and concerts and will help to rehearse repertoire when available. Should you wish to bring your own accompanist there will be many opportunities to perform together and fine-tune repertoire you may have been working on for some time. If you are applying as a duo, please let us know at the point of application.
Upon arrival at Loretto you’ll receive a welcome pack at the registration desk in the Music School (with timetable template, door codes, catering times etc). Directions to the Music School will be sign-posted from the Senior School gates. The Music School notice boards will display course information throughout the week and any important announcements will be made during morning warm-ups and evening concerts. Arrival time will be from 12pm on Friday 31st July 2020, with a vocal warm-up at 3.15pm, classes starting at 4pm and a joint choir sing through at 5pm. Dinner will be at 6pm followed by Malcolm Martineau’s Public Masterclass at 7.30pm.