undefinedSarah Leonard and male singer

Study the art of singing in a mutually supportive environment.


Resident: £699 Non-Resident: £550 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 24/401

Booking for Members opens at 11am on Wednesday 28 February 2024

Non-Member and online booking opens at 11am on Wednesday 20 March 2024

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.

What is the course about?

Participants (of approximately Grade 7 standard and above) are invited to bring a broad repertoire of songs and arias in any language to work on during the course – please bring about four pieces in any style. Sarah and Stephen will explore how to improve communication with your audience by gaining deeper insights into the music and the texts. Sarah will offer up to date technical information and discuss how technique can enhance your interpretation. She will examine ways of removing the physical tensions that can adversely affect singing. Please let us know in advance what songs you have chosen. Duets are also welcome and can be arranged through Sarah. There is a participants’ concert on the final afternoon and we often include a short choral piece prepared during the course. 

What will we cover?

Interpretation of Art Song in any language (Lieder, French Song, English songs etc), Oratorio, operatic recitative and arias. Operetta. Help with vocal technique, languages and communication.

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Gain knowledge of the repertoire in general, gain confidence in performance of your songs through enhanced interpretative and technical skills.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Confident, Skilful

The songs do not have to be sung from memory, but a good knowledge of the chosen music is expected.

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

Masterclass style. All the singers attend every session and hear each other sing. Feedback is given by both Sarah and Stephen in a friendly and supportive way to encourage better performing skills.  The songs do not have to be sung from memory, but a good knowledge of the chosen music is expected. Please tell Benslow Music in advance what your chosen songs are.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Participants should bring three copies of their music.

Is there anything I need to bring?

Three copies of your chosen music.

What previous participants said about this course…

“A superb course with an excellent tutor and pianist/accompanist. They both put in such hard work to make the course work well and it really did work fantastically well. Their comments and suggestions to each student were so helpful. The tutor and accompanist catered so well for the needs of each student and as a group. I will certainly be attending many more courses as I loved it so much.”

“DEFINITELY give it a go worth every penny as you will be surprised how much you learn from the excellent tutors, and other students, the very interesting repertoire and how many lovely other singers you meet. Also the staff, food and accommodation are excellent. A very well run and managed Music College. I will certainly be attending many more courses at Benslow Music!”

“Encouraging, challenging but non-threatening. Everyone is very supportive and we all have fun.”

“Well worth doing. Sarah made sure that we each had a similar amount of time to sing. Beyond that it is always interesting to hear what other people do and what she says about technique especially. The standard this year was very high, some very accomplished singing. It is run on a master class basis but each student gets the same attention.”