Individually tailored courses

What is Mini-AIMS?

Mini-AIMS is our non-residential ‘taster’ version of the main singing summer school. We are returning to our London venue on 22 & 23 April 2017, and as last year, we will be running a Choral course as well as classes for Solo singers. The Choral course will run all day on 22 April and the Solo course will be on both the Saturday and Sunday. Why not make a weekend of it?

As with the summer course, at Mini-AIMS we encourage students to go and observe other classes.  Each day concludes with a free student concert, with items chosen from the day’s classes. Students are encouraged to invite friends and family along.

Click here for a printable Mini-AIMS Booking Form.

Where is it held?

St Gabriel’s Halls, Pimlico, London SW1V 3AA

Located approximately 10 minutes walking distance from both Victoria and Pimlico Underground stations, on Glasgow Terrace, just off Lupus Street. Local buses (24, 360, C10) run frequently along Lupus Street and the venue is also within walking distance of Victoria Coach Station.

Course Details

  • 10.00-10.15  Group warm-up
  • 10.15-11.45  Session 1
  • 12.10-13.40  Session 2
  • 14.30-16.00  Session 3
  • 16.20-17.50  Session 4
  • 18.00   Concert (due to finish by 19.00)

We will be providing a Tea-Bar selling light refreshments, drinks and snacks throughout the day. You are welcome to bring your own packed-lunch or pop out to one of the numerous cafés and shops in the area.

Solo singers

Bring two pieces* to work on for each day, chosen from Opera, Oratorio, Art Song and The Lighter Side (eg. G&S, Operetta, Music Theatre or Cabaret songs). In your other two sessions you are free to choose which classes to observe. You are advised to learn pieces from memory if you wish to be considered for the student concert at the end of each day.

*Please help us to timetable effectively by sending in your song choices for Mini-AIMS by 28 February 2017 

Choral singers

This year there will be one choral day on Saturday 22 April 2017 conducted by Gregory Rose, singing music by Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre.

Morten Lauridsen
O magnum mysterium
O nata lux
Sure on this shining night

Eric Whitacre
The seal lullaby
Animal crackers vol.1
Animal crackers vol.2

All the works will be available to hire at the course for a small charge.

You will spend Sessions 2, 3 and 4 studying set works.  PLEASE NOTE: choral singers will begin their singing at 11.30am. However, you are welcome to arrive earlier in the day and observe one of the solo classes taking place.  This is an ideal opportunity to pick up some vocal tips.  A selection of the choral pieces studied will be performed in the student concert at the end of the day, alongside solo items chosen from the day’s classes.


Solo Singers: £100 per day (£190 for two days)

Choral Singers: £50 per day (£145 for one choral and one solo day)

Cancellation policy: No refunds will be made on cancellations after 1 March 2017.  Refunds prior to that date will be subject to an administration charge of £25.


Please send your completed booking form to Penny. Fees are due at the time of booking and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Payment can be made by internet bank transfer:

Sort code: 40 25 06
Account number: 81383132
IBAN: GB37MIDL40250681383132

Alternatively you can send a cheque payable to ‘AIMS’ to Penny Jenkins, AIMS Administrator, Barn End, Castle Lane, Bramber, West Sussex BN44 3FB.