RSCM Courses in the UK:
Summer Singing Courses for Young People
This summer, join young singers aged 8–18 for four days of rehearsals, worship and workshops — let’s lift our voices in song again!
The first day of the course takes place over Zoom, with everyone learning the music online with RSCM Director, Hugh Morris, followed by three days of in-person singing at venues across the country, led by highly experienced and enthusiastic choral directors. We’ll bring everyone back together digitally in a special recorded performance.
Rehearsals will be interwoven with specially designed skills sessions, aiming to develop wider musicianship and help singers fulfil their potential.
After a challenging 18 months, we’re delighted to be able to sing together again, and we invite you to take part!
**Booking for all six venues is now open (see below).**
Q. Who are the courses open to?
A. These courses are open to singers aged 8–18. There is no audition, but experience of choral singing in either a church or school choir is highly advisable, and will help you get the most out of the course.
Q. Will the courses be COVID safe?
A. Ensuring the courses are run safely is extremely important. Guidance from the Government and Church of England relating to the period following 19th July is due to be published shortly, after which we will be reviewing our COVID policy for these courses. We will also be monitoring the guidance from the Welsh Government and Church in Wales in relation to the course in Abergavenny. Further information will be available shortly after 19th July.
Q. What kind of music will be sung?
A. We will be singing a wide variety of sacred choral music — some might be familiar if you sing in a church choir, but some of it won’t be!
Q. How long are the course days?
A. The course itself runs from 10am to 5pm. The venue will be open for additional time at the beginning and end of each day for supervised free time activities to facilitate dropping off/picking up.
Q. Will parents be able to attend the service at the end of each day?
A. We hope it will be possible to share what we’ve learnt with family and friends in some way. To what extent we are able to welcome families to closing services will depend on Covid guidance and venue capacity. More information to follow once we have confirmed our Covid arrangements.
Q. What technology do I need for the online day?
A. You’ll need a computer or tablet which can run Zoom (a phone’s screen will be too small), and a stable internet connection.
If you have booked more than one place and your children would like to join the Zoom webinars from separate devices, you will need to let us know that this is the case and provide us with alternative parental email addresses to send links to. Zoom usually only allows one connection per email address per webinar.
Q. What should I bring?
A. Singers will need to bring a packed lunch for each of the in-person days, plus snacks and drinks to last them through the day. We highly recommend they bring a water bottle to keep hydrated. Please bring a pencil, erasers and dark coloured folder.
You might like to bring a notebook and pen to jot down anything you find useful from the afternoon workshops.
Q. When is the deadline to apply?
A. Friday 30th July. There is not a lot of time before the course, so apply today!
Q. Do you provide accommodation?
A. No. This is a non-residential course.
Q. Is food provided?
A. No. Please bring everything you need with you.
Q. Do I receive a certificate at the end of the course?
A. Yes, singers will be emailed a certificate of attendance after the course.
Q. What happens if the course is cancelled, or I want to withdraw my place?
A. If the RSCM has to cancel the course, you will be issued with a full refund. If you have to cancel your place, partial refunds may be offered at the RSCM’s discretion.
Q. I'm not sure if I can afford the course fees; can I get financial support?
A. Yes, there is scholarship funding available if needed to make attendance at the course possible. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a link to the online application form.
Alternatively, in some circumstances we may be able to arrange payment over time to help with the cost of the course fees.
Q. Can you let me know about accessibility?
A. If you have special accessibility requirements, please let us know on the registration form or by contacting email@example.com. We will do our best to meet your needs so that you can make the most of the course.