News from the team

We are back in the office now after a busy Mini-AIMS weekend.  Mini-AIMS this year took place in London on April 11th and 12th. Judging by all the comments that we have been hearing you liked the venue, and the new ingredient of a Choral Workshop and informal concert every day.

Around 80 singers auditioned on the Sunday for a solo of some kind in the summer course.  Although it will be hard to give everybody something (we usually only have about 60 auditionees) we will do our best.  There was terrific talent on show in both the teaching sessions and in the auditions, so the August course looks like being the best ever.

There is still room for both solo singers and choral singers – so get applying!  The summer course runs from 16th-23rd August 2015.  We are particularly keen to have good singers in the Magic Flute Chorus and in the Compline Choir.  The AIMS Choir needs more male voices in its performances under Robert Dean of Purcell and Handel Odes to St Cecilia.  As St Cecilia is this year’s theme we are proud to present VOCES8 at our gala opening recital on Sunday August 16th performing a splendid programme including Britten’s “Hymn to St Cecilia”.  Tickets are available in advance by emailing Antonia.

More details about our courses can be found in our brochure.  Do get in touch if you have any specific questions, by emailing Antonia.

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 main AIMS residential Summer School takes place from 16 – 23 August 2015 in Eastbourne. Our non-residential Mini-AIMS course is in London on 11-12 April 2015. Click here to download our 2015 brochure.

2015 Highlights

  • Opening concert given by multi award-winning and internationally renowned choir, VOCES8, in All Saints Church
  • Celebrity Masterclass with the Director of the National Opera Studio, Kathryn Harries
  • A staged performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with two different casts for each act, alongside several other semi-staged opera scenes
  • Our main AIMS Choir (in which all choral students are invited to sing) will work on both Handel’s and Purcell’s Ode to St Cecilia, conducted by Robert Dean
  • Smaller vocal ensembles will study works including Vaughan-Williams Serenade to Music and Schumann Partsongs
  • Our Early Music tutors will prepare a semi-staged performance of Schütz Seven Last Words from the Cross
  • On the lighter side, there will be a performance of extracts from Ivor Novello operettas, in addition to our ever-popular Parlour Music and Cabaret
  • Our Music Theatre class will work on scenes from Sondheim’s ‘Into The Woods’, currently a hollywood movie.

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.