Covid-19 MARCH Update on Summer School 2021

The Working Party for the Summer School is preparing for this year’s Summer School to take place as planned, from Friday 20th to Friday 27th August.

We encourage you to book your places now – as an added incentive, we’ve discounted our prices across the board. The £20 ‘Early Bird Discount’ will also still apply, for any booking we receive on or before 31st March. Booking early will help you and our tutors to prepare.

We understand that some prospective students may be experiencing financial difficulties, and we do have a number of scholarships, half-scholarships and bursaries on offer. Please contact us for more details (email below).

Our ability to hold the Summer School will continue to be dependent upon Covid-19 restrictions and regulations. In the event that this year’s Summer School cannot take place, all deposits will be refunded.

For more information and to request an application form, please email

In the meantime, we encourage you to join the Summer School Mailing List and enjoy a monthly delve into the lives and experiences of our Summer School tutors. Click on the link to join: Mailing List and if you know of anyone who might be interested, please encourage them to join too.

Thank you

Summer School Working Party

A word on safety . . .

The Summer School Working Party members are aware that some potential students may be concerned about Covid-19 safety at this year's Summer School, and this is making them hesitant to book their places.

We are students and tutors ourselves, and, like you, we want to feel confident that everything is being done to ensure our health and wellbeing, when we take part in August. This is why we're working closely with representatives from the venue, Ingestre Hall: because we want to feel safe at the Summer School too.

We can't say for certain at this stage what measures will be taken, but we will keep students fully informed as we go.

If you're reading this and feeling hesitant yourself, please do consider that booking now will help to secure the accommodation of your choice and will enable your tutors to give you what you need to prepare for the workshops. And if you change your mind and decide you don't want to attend the 2021 Summer School, your deposit will be refunded, no questions asked!

So, you have everything to gain by booking now!

From Jane, Rob, Isla and Maria.

We welcome you to the 74th WMA Summer School of Music, which offers a unique mix of courses for singers, instrumentalists and composers alike.

Founded by members of the Workers' Music Association and inspired by its ideals and principles, the Summer School aims to bring together musicians and music lovers from all walks of life and all levels of achievement, to share and develop their musical interests and to discover and learn new ones.

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