Studying at York Singing Academy has transformed my voice. It has not only resulted in a radical improvement in technique and interpretation since my initial lessons, but continues to progress markedly from performance to performance. This has resulted in a thoroughly enjoyable and motivating process of improvement which goes on between lessons themselves as well as within them.


James Gaughan


My training under your tutelage brought forth a long and continuous journey into the world of opera. Many things have been made possible because of the lessons I sought with you; the placement at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, my debuts as a principal artist at ENO, Scottish Opera, and European opera houses, and now, students of my own!

Reno Troilus


My training at the De Costa Academy of Singing gave me a rock solid foundation for my professional singing career. With 8+ hours of professional singing every week I’ve never had a moment's concern that my voice or vocal technique will let me down.


Thea Jacob


The Academy has always been a place where one can learn in a relaxed, friendly environment, and yet come away from a lesson feeling that you have had a good 'work-out' (and with reduced stress levels)! I have gained the confidence to take part in Masterclasses, and perform in recitals in the UK and abroad.

Erika Rawles


I am beyond grateful to Michael, Val and Matthew for the care, support and training that was given to Dan over 4 years at the Academy. He could not sing a note in tune when he started and now he is about to start a 3-year degree in musical theatre! You developed his talent, opened doors and he knew you all genuinely cared about him. Thank you so much.


Jenny Byrne 

parent of Dan Byrne (Bass-Baritone)

Singing is a wonderful hobby! With Val as tutor and Matthew as pianist, lessons are challenging but also a lot of fun. Although I practised with a number of singing teachers in London for over 15 years, I only wish that I’d had a teacher as good as Val from the very beginning.

Margaret Brown

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