3 May 2018

Want to be pitch perfect? This summer course in a cappella is for you!

Aspiring a cappella singers can study with Internet sensations Accent and produce a finished music video on a short summer course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.

The Contemporary A Cappella course, now in its second year, is led by composer, producer, arranger and singer James Rose who spoke to us about what students can expect and look forward to.

Who can take the course, and what will they learn by the end?

The course is for students aged 16+ who want to gain skills to succeed in the industry and to meet like-minded singers. It's three days long, and participants sing in small close-harmony groups and work on a cappella ensemble skills including blending, tuning, listening critically, harmony - and style and attitude! There's masterclasses on arranging and vocal history, presentations from guest experts, and the course will culminate in a recording session.

Is there anything new about the course this year?

It's a day longer this year, which gives us space to welcome additional guest masterclasses from industry experts, including Gareth Malone. The additional day also allows participants to delve a little further into vocal arranging, alongside providing more rehearsal time for the studio recording & filming session on the following day. All exciting stuff! 

What's special about the course for you?

It's a social as well as a learning experience. I think the fact that by the end you'll have made a YouTube music video, capturing all the developments, musicality and friendships made over the three days, makes the course unique and special.

Find out more about the Contemporary A Cappella course

Watch: the NYCGB Fellowship octet 2016-17 perform James Rose's arrangement of 'Wexford Carol':