Singing for Pleasure

210 TUTOR: Adam Meehan-Staines (Marlborough College MPhil FRSM FRSA)

Come and spend a week with like-minded souls singing arrangements of pieces from the big shows, world vocal, sacred and popular music. This course is designed for beginners and more experienced choral singers. It will be an ideal introduction to choral singing through music you know and love. The course will end with a concert featuring some of the repertoire worked on over the week.

3 PM
PM course

Course Notes

Singing for Pleasure is an inclusive course for anyone who wants to sing, regardless of age or experience.

Delving into choral repertoire from around the world, this course explores music that brings a smile to people's faces; both to the performer and listener alike.

From singing sacred music, to musicals, world music, and popular song, this course seeks to demonstrate an insight to what it is to be a choral singer in various disciplines, and sing for pleasure.

Course Tutor

Adam Meehan-Staines

Adam Meehan-Staines

Marlborough College MPhil FRSM FRSA

About Adam


Adam is the Choirmaster and Director of Chapel Music at Marlborough College, where he leads the aspiring and diverse programme of choral music; he teaches academic music to Oxbridge level, plays the organ for Chapel, and is an examiner for Edexcel. In addition to weekly services at Marlborough College, Adam has conducted services at St Pauls Cathedral, Leeds Cathedral, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, The Queen's College, Oxford, and has conducted in concerts at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Royal Overseas League.

Born in Bury St Edmunds, he later held a Choral Scholarship at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and began to learn the organ under David Humphreys, later holding a Choral Scholarship at Leeds Cathedral. He graduated from the University of Leeds with an Honours Degree in Music, the University of Buckingham with a Postgraduate Certificate of Education, and the University of Bristol with a master's degree in Composition. As well as recording various choral works on the Brilliant Classics label, Adam has sung on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, as a soloist for the Headingley Academy of Operatic Research, and in the Berlin Philharmonie under Simon Halsey.

Adam is also a published composer whose work is available exclusively through Universal Edition; he regularly receives commissions for his work, and his work has been performed at places including Westminster Cathedral, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and Chichester Cathedral, as well as sung by choirs such as Schola Cantorum and Dodecantus. He also studies conducting with Toby Purser, Head of Conducting at the Royal College of Music. Adam has recently been welcomed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music as a Choral Conductor.


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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM