The Ingenium Academy vocal programme runs from the 22nd July to the 12th August 2018.
Students can attend the residential programme for one, two or three weeks.
About Our Vocal Course
Dates: 22 July - 12 August 2018
Our diverse vocal programme is for 14-18 year olds who love to sing, are keen to develop their choral technique, improve their ensemble singing and explore a diverse range of vocal styles.
Ingenium choral students begin every morning with a full school warm up followed by a specialist comprehensive breathing and vocal warm up in preparation for the day.
Vocal students form the Ingenium Academy choir, and together sing a challenging and exciting repertoire encompassing many genres. We ensure that students gain a deep understanding of these musical styles through the guidance of sectional tutors and voice specialists.
In addition to singing as a choir, vocal students receive individual singing lessons and take part in masterclasses.
There will be several weekly oportunities to perform and learn in formal and informal recitals.
Every week, our students have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of vocal, instumental and rhythmical workshops led by internationally renowned experts in jazz, classical, pop, gospel and opera. These workshops are designed to broaden each student's musical experience by exposing them to something new and challenging.
Our past workshops have included:
- Music awareness, performance skills and interpretation
- Ear training and harmonising
- Beatboxing and vocal percussion
- Jazz singing, improvisation and performance
- Musical theatre
- Music theory, composition and arranging
- Vocal technique and health
- Gospel choir
Additional musical workshops include:
- African drumming and body percussion
- Musical awareness
- Life in the music industry
Concerts and Performance Opportunities
During the three week summer school, students perform two public concerts - one in a prestigious venue in central London and the other in our final showcase concert on campus at Winchester College's concert hall.
In addition to these two public performances, students also have weekly performance opportunities at our internal Performance Platforms. These evenings provide a friendly, safe and informal environment for students to experiment and to develop their performance skills, conquer nerves and build confidence.
Parents and friends are welcome to attend our public performances. Information about these will be provided nearer the time.
As part of your application to the Ingenium Academy you need to submit an audition video. Your video should include at least 2 contrasting pieces. At least one of the pieces must be sung in English, and one of the pieces must be sung unaccompanied.
We are looking for young people not only with a high standard of musicianship, but with a great sense of team spirit and a love of music making.
Our music teachers and workshop leaders are carefully selected not only for their extremely high standards of musicianship and expertise, but also for their energy and enthusiasm for working with young musicians and their talent for teaching. All of our teachers have extensive experience and are committed to nurturing the talent of our students.
Explore a list of our recent vocal directors below - our conductors for 2018 will be announced soon!
Dominic Peckham is regarded as one of the UK’s finest young and dynamic orchestral and choral conductors. He is Artistic Director of The Royal Opera House’s ‘RM19’ Youth Chorus and Assistant Music Director of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, amongst other prestigious posts.
Greg Hallam is Assistant Music Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and director of their Boys’ Choir. He teaches singing at Wellington College and Christchurch Cathedral School, Oxford.
Robbie leads a varied career as a singer, conductor and teacher. He is the Musical Director of professional contemporary vocal ensemble, Reverie, Southend Festival Chorus, The Cappella Singers - Upminster, University of Westminster Choral Society, and the office choirs of the Telegraph Media Group, and BNP Parisbas.
Adam works with many of the UK’s leading music organisations including the National Youth Orchestra, National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Southbank Centre. As a choral leader, he is the Musical Director of VocalLab; an exciting new ensemble made up of members of Aldeburgh Young Musicians. As a performer, Adam has played at some of the UK's most prestigious venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and Ronnie Scott's.
Originally trained in Canada, Pete has been based in England since 1985. Having completed almost twenty years teaching at the Guildhall School of Music, he is now Professor of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London whilst running the jazz choir at Trinity College of Music.
Scott Stroman is an inspiring and uniquely broad musician, equally at home in classical, jazz, and world music.
Ken is an internationally renowned Gospel singer, workshop leader, conductor, composer, arranger, performer, choral judge and music educator. Ken is the principal conductor of the award winning London Adventist Chorale.
Joanna Forbes L'Estrange
Former musical director, singer and arranger of the multi-grammy award winning group, the Swingle Singers. Joanna now freelances as a singer, arranger, choral workshop leader and coach for a cappella groups.
Tobias Hug, bass and beatboxer for a cappella legends The Swingle Singers for almost ten years is musical explorer and vocal whiz-kid. As their artistic director, he initiated and spearheaded projects from collaborations with Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Phil to founding the world's first beatbox choir, the Vocal Orchestra with Beatboxer Shlomo.
Ralph has just left his position of Precentor and Director of Music at the prestigious Eton College which he has held for 26 years to pursue his freelance activities.
Rachel is Assistant Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and in this capacity conducts the National Youth Girls' Choir and the National Youth Training Choir, and has been Assistant Conductor with the Main NYCGB.