Covid-19 Update on Summer School 2020

The Summer School Working Party has decided, after much deliberation, that it wouldn’t be safe or feasible to run this year’s Summer School of Music at Ingestre Hall.

We’re very sorry to have to make this decision, but we do think it’s for the best, and we are intending to run the Summer School in 2021.

Next year’s Summer School will be slightly different, as we’re starting and finishing on Fridays instead of Saturdays, so that we can provide the full range of accommodation available.

The dates for next year will now be: Friday 20th to Friday 27nd August.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you next year.

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

last updated 10 July 2020

 

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