Loughborough Endowed Schools’ Music School will be opening its doors to the local community with a series of three summer singing courses.

Running for three days during August, each Music Summer Course includes a day of teaching and rehearsals, followed by a concert in the evening.

Adults and children from the age of 14, who can read music, are invited to learn a selection of Handel’s famous choral pieces under the guidance of the Foundation’s director of music, Richard West at ‘Come and Sing: The Messiah’ on 19th August.

Next on the programme is a choral course led by Nicky Adkinson, Deputy Director for Music, which takes place on 21st August. Singers, from the age of 13 years, must be able to sight-read music, and the day will be spent with rehearsals and voice coaching in preparation for Evensong at Our Lady’s Convent School Chapel.

The final course, ‘Songs from the Shows’ on 22nd August, is for anyone from the age of 10 years old, with no previous musical knowledge. Led by David Morris, Head of Choirs and Singing, participants can learn classic songs from Broadway and the West End, before entertaining friends and family in the recital hall.

Richard West said: “Our music department is incredibly vibrant, so it is wonderful to be able to offer these courses during the summer holidays. These courses are open to adults, as well as our own students and other young people from the age of 10 years.

“If you are already a member of a choir or music group, you will have the chance to hone your skills and then experience a concert in one of our magnificent performance spaces. If you love to sing, but are not familiar with sight-reading music, the Songs from the Shows course promises to be really fun.”

Loughborough Endowed Schools’ music department, which works across Loughborough Grammar School, Loughborough High School, Our Lady’s Convent School and Fairfield Preparatory School, is renowned for its lively programme of activities, including choirs and orchestras. In 2015, it became one of just 175 Music Schools to receive All-Steinway School status, a partnership which involves working with the expert piano-maker Steinway to nurture pupils’ musical skills.

Further details on each of Music Summer Courses, including how to book and age restrictions, can be found at www.lesgrammar.org/connections/summer-music-courses-2017 or by calling 01509 283723 or emailing [email protected]

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