18th - 25th July 2020
£ 590 per singer.
Early bird offer:
£ 540 for applications before 15th December 2019.
Overseas applicants only:
3 singers applying together get a discount of £ 120 each
(subject to availability). Please note that this discount does not apply to Early Bird applications (see above).
IAS Summer Course is primarily a residential course although a number of non-residential places are available ONLY for singers living within driving distance of Westonbirt.
Please contact us to enquire for place availability and fees.
Summer Course 2020
- 7 nights accommodation in single rooms with shared bathrooms;
- full board (3 hot meals per day);
- at least 6 hours rehearsing per day with the IAS Summer Course Chamber Choir;
- use of Westonbirt facilities for recreation and sports;
- final concert on Friday 24th July.
Please notice that travel costs are not included in course fees.
A historic town in the Cotswolds
Expert tuition and guidance
From 1987 – 2010, Stephen sang Bass and co-directed the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble The King's Singers. In addition to performing in excess of 120 concerts each year for almost a quarter of a century, he has made frequent appearances around the world. He has recorded extensively with EMI, BMG Records, Signum Records and Sony, collecting many awards - including three Grammy nominations and a Grammy.
Stephen enjoys passing on the choral message in both workshops and residencies around the world, as well as directing various choirs along the way. He is a regular adjudicator for the prestigious European Grand Prix for Choral Singing as well as the BBC Choir of the Year competition. Stephen is also a regular guest in masterclasses at the Leipzig International A Cappella Festival and Competition, as well as being President of the Jury.
Tetbury, an historic wool town, is the southern gateway to the Cotswolds. The town is known as an architectural gem with many of the wool merchants’ houses remaining the same as they were in the 16th and 17th centuries during the height of the town’s prosperity from the wool trade.
Notable buildings in the town include the Church House, Market House, built in 1655 and the late-eighteenth century Gothic revival parish church of St Mary the Virgin and St Mary Magdalene (which has one of the tallest and most elegant spires in the UK) and much of the rest of the town centre, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Tetbury is world renowned for its Royal connections, with Highgrove being the nearby home of HRH Prince of Wales. HRH Princess Anne also lives nearby and her Gatcombe Estate is used to host International Horse Trials.
Westonbirt House is a magnificent building set in 210 acres of parkland, formal gardens, terraced lawns and a lake in the Cotswold’s quintessentially English countryside.
The original Westonbirt House was built in 1665 and replaced over time with a Georgian House and then by the current House which was built by Robert Holford between 1863 and 1870. Designed by Lewis Vulliamy, this grand country house is a stunning example of Victorian architecture. The House has been a boarding school since 1928.
IAS participants will have access to the tennis courts and the leisure centre, featuring a swimming pool, gym and sports hall.
The location of Westonbirt House is an hour and a half from Heathrow and just over an hours train journey from London. Bristol can be reached in forty-five minutes and the nearest local town, Tetbury, is just three miles away.