Summer School 2021 is cancelled

The Summer School Working Party of the WMA, together with Summer School tutors and WMA Executive Committee members, have taken the sad decision that this year's Summer School will not be going ahead as planned.

We hope you will continue to be a supporter of the WMA Summer School of Music, so that we can come back bigger and better next year.

We have been working with the Executive Committee of the WMA to bring you two online events, on the Thursday and Friday evenings when this year's school would have taken place. These events are free, and you can access them via Zoom - see below.

Thank you

Summer School Working Party: Jane, Maria, Isla, Rob

85 Years of Workers’ Music

26th August 2021, 17:30

In collaboration with the Working Class Movement Library, we are hosting an online event to celebrate the WMA’s 85th Anniversary. With talks from our Chair describing the past achievements and experiences of the WMA, Maria Hughes describing the progress and impact of the Summer School, and Ben Lunn talking about the future challenges and how the WMA can rebuild itself, this looks like a truly wonderful event. The webinar is hosted by the WCML which have hosted a wonderful selection of talks in the past. The event is completely free, and will be viewable via Zoom or on the WCML’s YouTube channel.

Musical Rhetoric and its Lessons

27th August 2021, 17:30

A treat of the Summer Schools in recent years have been David Martin’s musical talks. To not deprive our members of such a treat, we have decided to have David deliver his trademark talks online – solely for the members of the WMA. David’s talk will explore the implication of Musical Rhetoric – ‘the art of using various musical devices to help express moods. Widely used and developed throughout the early 18th century, the art was lost however there have been attempts to revitalise this lost art form’ – a treat for aficionados and amateurs alike!

If you'd like to attend, email and we'll send you the details to join Zoom.

Everyone's contribution is valued and every form of good live music is celebrated. The School offers a full and varied range of courses and students are free to choose as many sessions as the timetable will allow for, making their week as intensive or as relaxed as they wish. In addition to the daytime course sessions there is a busy programme of evening activities and social events.


Ingestre Hall is a Grade II* 17th-century Jacobean mansion situated at Ingestre, near Stafford, Staffordshire, England. Formerly the seat of the Earls Talbot and then the Earls of Shrewsbury, the hall is now owned by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and is in use as a Residential Arts and Conference Centre.

Ingestre is mentioned in the Domesday Book. During the reign of Henry II the manor was owned by the de Mutton family. During the reign of Edward III the house passed to the Chetwynd family, through the marriage of heiress Isabel de Mutton and Sir John Chetwynd. Their descendants were raised to the peerage in 1733 as Baron Talbot and later in the century as Earl Talbot.

Ingestre Hall projects its aims to "extend the legacy of Ingestre Arts to be nationally recognised as a centre of excellence where children and young people’s horizons are broadened and where they are inspired and motivated to achieve their full potential in an aspirational environment where creativity and sense of self is valued and encouraged to blossom".

(source: Wikipedia)

What our students said about last year's Summer School

“Thank you ever so much for the fantastic organisation! I truly enjoyed myself and learned a lot from all!”  Jan

“I enjoyed the Summer School very much and appreciated the sense of community and the wonderful support given to all standards of performance.”  Michelle

"I was in my element from morning till night every day for a whole week.”  Mairi