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VOCES8 Summer School
and Festival 2020

Milton Abbey, Dorset, U.K.

VOCES8 is delighted to host its annual Summer School and Festival at Milton Abbey School. Participants in the Summer School work with VOCES8 throughout the week to rehearse and perform the closing concert of the Festival, which for the 2020 Summer School will be Handel’s Israel in Egypt. 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, featuring renowned international artists.

The 2019 Summer School participants and staff

The 2019 Summer School participants and staff

The next VOCES8 Summer School will take place from 27 July-1 August 2020

Course Experiences Include

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

  • Rehearsing and performing Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt alongside the Academy of Ancient Music

  • 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 Mass in B Minor directed by Barnaby Smith with VOCES8,  the Academy of Ancient Music, Apollo5 and the VOCES8 Scholars

    • A cappella concerts with VOCES8 and Apollo5

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.


Booking details

  • Resident in the School £760

  • Non-Resident £525

  • Children’s Course £500 (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 for previous attendees and Friends of the VOCES8 Foundation (click for more details on how to become a Friend). Bookings made before 1 October attract a £60 ‘early bird’ discount to the full adult residential rate (no discount is available to other rates). General booking opens on 1 October 2019.

A £100 non-refundable deposit to secure your place is payable on booking. The full balance becomes due on 1 May 2020.

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

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