Adult pupils

York Singing Academy treats every pupil as an individual, working with them to achieve their goals, be that singing for pleasure; joining choirs and theatre groups; studying for exams and diplomas; or gaining professional performing arts employment.

Rebecca, celebrating her exam success

Rebecca, celebrating her exam success.

Singing for Pleasure

Our adult singers are very active across the region. Pupils perform in concerts with the Academy, and take in both principal and ensemble roles with the local theatre groups including York Opera, York Light Opera, York Stage Musicals; or sing in choirs such as the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir. Our pop and contemporary singers take part in gigs and open mic nights across the area and we have also had pupils in bands who have toured across Europe and the USA.

All of our pupils are invited to sing in our own showcase public concerts. While this is not compulsory, it provides an opportunity to sing for others, and to gain in confidence and performance experience. We will also prepare our adult singers for graded music exams and diplomas, if they wish to take them. 

Of course, some pupils just wish to sing for their own pleasure and they are also warmly encouraged. The confidence and techniques gained through singing can also help them in their business and teaching careers. The Academy also teaches pupils who have come back to singing in their retirement years. Age is never a barrier to learning new techniques and gaining pleasure from singing.

James Gaughan, baritone

James Gaughan, baritone, regularly appears on the concert platform as a recitalist and oratorio soloist.

Professional singers

York Singing Academy also teaches singers who have turned professional or semi-professional. Pupils have gone on to work with English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and at venues such as the London Palladium and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

Pupils give solo recitals across the country, sing in small ensembles or take principal roles in oratorios with large choirs and choral societies. We can also supply singers for personal occasions such as weddings and funerals; concerts; and other events, so please contact us with your requests.

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