VOCES8 Summer School

Milton Abbey, Dorset, U.K.

Hosted by the Milton Abbey International Music Festival

VOCES8 is delighted to be the resident ensemble at the Milton Abbey International Music Festival and to deliver the VOCES8 Summer School in conjunction with the Festival. Participants in the Summer School work with VOCES8 throughout the week to rehearse and perform the closing concert of the Festival. The main focuses for the Summer School are on major works with orchestra and the opportunity to work in smaller chamber ensembles which are directed by members of VOCES8. Summer School participants enjoy free entry to the concerts that take place each evening in the Abbey which feature renowned international artists.

The 2018 Summer School after the final concert

The 2018 Summer School after the final concert


This year’s VOCES8 Summer School will take place from Monday 29 July – Saturday 3 August 2019

Course Experiences Include

  • Engaging with specialist choral techniques in bespoke masterclass sessions with VOCES8

  • Rehearsing and performing Haydn’s oratorio The Creation

  • Working in chamber groups to present a madrigal, part song, pop and jazz a cappella concert

  • Performing Choral Evensong with VOCES8

  • Tickets to all Festival concerts, including:

  • J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music

The Senesino Players performing the Overture from The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart and Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto no. 1

The UK premiere of Magnificat by contemporary American composer Taylor Davis

All sessions on the course will be led by VOCES8. Repertoire will be a diverse selection from the European choral heritage alongside jazz and pop a cappella. All performances will be part of the Milton Abbey International Music Festival.


Booking details

  • Resident in the School £670

  • Non-Resident £450

  • Children’s Course £450 (including pastoral care)

The course fee includes all board and lodging (3 meals per day), all course materials and tutoring fees, and full use of the school’s facilities for recreation. All resident accommodation is in school boarding house facilities. Travel costs are not included.

Booking is now open. A £100 non-refundable deposit to secure your place is payable on booking. The full balance becomes due on 1 May 2019.

To enquire about booking a place, please email [email protected]


Information for participants

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Milton Abbey on 29 July! We hope you have all received information via email, but you can also use the download links below. Please check back regularly for updates.

Take a look at the Milton Abbey 2019 Facebook page. This is set up and run by and for participants, and you can use it to talk to other participants before, during and after the week.

Following a hugely popular ‘first’ last year, Neil Valentine will again be running a Ceilidh on Wednesday afternoon! Neil writes:

“After the success of the Milton Abbey Ceilidh band in 2018 I am hoping that there are some budding instrumentalists who want to join me this year! On Wednesday afternoon we will be holding a massed Ceilidh Dance on the lawn (weather permitting) and I would love some of you to join in accompanying the dancing! All instruments are welcome including violin, flute, guitar, brass, piano, percussion, bass. There will be space for one pianist (or piano 4 hands) for each tune. Apart from piano and percussion we are unable to provide instruments, so if you can please bring yours to join in!

For those who fancy late night dancing (on the adult course only!) there will be opportunities to play each evening as well as an opportunity for a couple of people to ‘call’ a dance (teaching a dance and then coaching the dancers as it progresses).

There will be a sign-up sheet for those interested and a rehearsal will be called in some free time ahead of Wednesdays Massed Dance.

If you are interested, please take a look at the music booklet in the shared music folder (click the button below). You can either print the booklet or load it on to a tablet/ipad. And of course keep it for future enjoyment!

See you soon music lovers!