Glyndebourne Choral Summer School

Following the success the first Choral Summer School, the Glyndebourne-led initiative returned in 2016 as part of East Sussex Music’s summer school programme, this time as a full five-day course.

‘I really enjoyed singing properly for the first time and made me realise what I could do vocally.’
—2015 participant

The summer school was open to all young singers in East Sussex aged 13 to 18, giving experienced singers, choir members, or just those who loves to sing but haven’t had any formal training a chance to discover your full potential.

As one of last year’s participants said: ‘It opens boxes you never thought would open.’


Course details

The course in 2016 was led by experienced conductor and Glyndebourne Youth Opera Music Director Lee Reynolds.

A team of professional singers, coaches, vocal specialists and acclaimed stage director Susannah Waters joined Lee throughout the week.

‘By tackling a wide range of music, we’ll be focusing on the demanding art of singing as part of a choir, developing ensemble skills, group musicianship, communication of text, blend and sound, and having a lot of fun along the way. You’ll leave with the confidence of knowing you have a musical toolbox stuffed full of ideas and techniques to help you in all the singing you do, not just in choirs.’
—Lee Reynolds, Glyndebourne Youth Opera Music Director

Lee works with musicians ranging from absolute beginners to elite orchestras and opera companies. He was part of the team to be awarded an RPS Award for Learning and Participation for Glyndebourne’s production of the community opera Imago, and was Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor for David Bruce’s new youth opera, Nothing, which premiered at Glyndebourne in February 2016.


This project is for those:

  • Aged between 13 and 18
  • Attending a school in East Sussex

Future dates and further information including venues and how to book will be announced to the GYO Mailing list and on this web page later in the year.


Glyndebourne Choral Summer School is supported by investment ​through Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme, which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.​