News from the team

We still have places left on our main AIMS summer course (21-28 August 2016, at Eastbourne College).

Click here to download our 2016 brochure.

Printable booking forms can be downloaded here:

Main AIMS booking form



Do come to our Fundraising Recital Concert, Saturday 9 April 2016, 7.45pm at St Gabriel’s Church, Warwick Square, Pimlico, London SW1V 2AD.

Featuring recipients of AIMS Bursaries from the last ten years.  Tickets £10 on the door.



We are celebrating ten years of the AIMS Bursary Fund in 2016, and to mark this special milestone, we are delighted to announce four new awards:

  • The Dame Felicity Lott award for a soprano
  • The Sarah Walker award for a mezzo soprano
  • The Neil Jenkins award for a tenor
  • The Sir Thomas Allen award for a baritone or bass

Each winner will receive £400 towards the cost of the summer course and will be invited to sing in a special concert during the week, in addition to whatever opera roles they are given. Auditions will be on 9 April 2016 in London. See our auditions page for more details.

As well as these prestigious awards, we are inviting people to apply for smaller bursary amounts. Last year we were able to help 48 singers with their fees.

You will need to fill out a Bursary Application Form 2016 and get it to us NO LATER THAN Friday 8 April 2016. 

If you are interested in applying and have missed the deadline, please email for up to date course availability. 

The historic Eastbourne College provides a beautiful backdrop for this enjoyable and informative course

What is AIMS?

AIMS International Music School offers a week of fantastic singing classes, performance opportunities, along with concerts and social events. We have space for around 200 students, who come from all over the world, to work with Tutors and House Pianists from the top British Conservatoires and Opera Houses.  The AIMS Bursary Fund is a registered charity, no. 1123905.

AIMS provides excellent tuition in a fun and friendly environment

Who is it for?

Singers of all ages (18 plus) and abilities. We have courses for Solo and Choral singers, or you may like to opt for our Crossover course, which allows you to choose a mixture of classes from each. We also offer a course specifically for Piano Accompanists, with timetables tailored to specific areas of interest.

Students perform a scene from 'Mozart & Salieri' at AIMS 2014

When is it?

Our main AIMS residential Summer School takes place from 21 – 28 August 2016 in Eastbourne. Our non-residential Mini-AIMS course is in London on 9-10 April 2016. Click here to download our 2016 brochure.

2016 Highlights include…

  • Opening Gala Recital by internationally renowned  bass-baritone, Stephan Loges, whose programme will include settings of songs by Shakespeare and Cervantes.
  • Celebrity Masterclass with the Director of the National Opera Studio, Kathryn Harries
  • Four staged opera scenes, directed by John Ramster and Susannah Waters, taken from works based on Shakespeare plays, as well as ten other semi-staged scenes.
  • Our main AIMS Choir (in which all choral students are invited to sing) will work on Autumn and Winter from Haydn’s The Seasons, conducted by Nicholas Jenkins.
  • Smaller vocal ensembles will study works including Vaughan Williams In Windsor Forest and Shakespeare part-song settings.
  • Our Early Music tutors will prepare a semi-staged performance of scenes from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen.
  • Our Music Theatre tutors will prepare a performance including extracts from Kiss Me Kate and West Side Story.
  • On the lighter side, Neil Jenkins will work on extracts from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard.

What people think

A hugely successful and well run course. Everything ran like clockwork, information and assistance was easy to access and everyone was very friendly and supportive.
You have done something very special in reaching out to such a wide spectrum of singers of all tastes, abilities and ages. Most important is the warmth and friendship fuelled within such a week together.
The technical input we get always hits the spot. We hear so many singers voices get transformed and everyone is so encouraging, kind and patient.
What a sublime week of singing, laughter and discovery!
The college is a great place to be and very beautiful but it’s the people that made it the amazingly warm and supportive atmosphere that was so wonderful to be part of.