A full week of music learning, practice, composing and performing, with old friends and new.
We welcome you to the 75th WMA Summer School of Music, which offers a unique mix of courses for singers, instrumentalists and composers alike.
Choose up to five courses of playing, singing and creating and get involved in extra activities too. There will also be a chance to perform in one of the daytime or evening entertainments.
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".
What our students said about last year's Summer School
Vegan catering was simply excellent. Compliments to the head chef. I can see they all worked so hard and I want them to know it was appreciated.
The best yet. New faces bring a welcome freshness. The supportive environment here is incredible - with time for talking and sharing and supporting as well as playing music.
Really peaceful surroundings. Atmospheric hall and good working/ performing spaces.
The historic venue, humming with music, seems out of this world – a wonderful place.
Coming to Ingestre is like being enveloped in a bubble of music and singing and arts in general. The cares of the outside world are left behind so one can concentrate on learning and performing in good company, and of course having a fun time.
A first summer school experience for me! The opportunity to experience and take part in different musical genres was amazing. I was thrilled to help with piano accompaniments and chorus singing too. Thank you all!