The Academi Experience for Students

Experience a unique learning insight into our Academi residential course

We are very proud of our Academi project, the advanced summer residential course for Only Boys Aloud members.  

Each year, the most experienced members of our Only Boys Aloud choir are invited to audition for one of the highly sought-after spaces, and only those who demonstrate the greatest talent and dedication will be rewarded with a place in the choir. The successful few spend the week at Moreton Hall, receiving specialised musicianship tuition as a group, individual singing lessons and advanced singing masterclasses from professional coaches.  

Having spent a week learning and perfecting challenging repertoire, typically featuring at least five different languages and genres, the 2024 Academi choir will present a formal concert in the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and a performance at the Criccieth Festival.  

Step into the world of the Academi…

For the very first time, we are delighted to open the doors for training music professionals and students to be a fly on the wall, welcoming you to observe the magic of the Academi and witness the inner working of the programme. This is an incredibly unique opportunity, providing a 24-hour insight into Aloud’s behind-the-scenes secrets and teaching techniques for the course.  

This experience is ideal for anyone looking to develop their teaching and/or musicianship skills in the professional music industry. If you’ve ever been curious to see how an Aloud vocal masterclass is run, what the secrets are to a high-quality performance, or what it really takes to be a professional music leader, this is your chance. 

This experience takes place across 24 hours on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th July 2024 (see schedule below). 

Please note, this is not a training course designed for students, but an opportunity to observe and learn from the Academi Residential Course in action. The Academi residential course itself is only available to members of Only Boys Aloud who have previously been accepted on to the Academi through audition. There will, of course, be opportunities to get involved in group activities, as outlined below. 

In this exclusive package you will: 

  • Experience a 24-hour immersion into the secrets of the Academi 2024 at Moreton Hall
  • Observe an inspirational coaching Masterclass, led by Welsh of the West End and Musicals superstar, Tom Hier, followed by an exclusive Question & Answer session. 
  • Witness the dedication of Academi members as they hone their skills through a rigorous training schedule and prepare for their performances 
  • Opportunity for casual conversation with Aloud music staff at mealtimes and breaks (dinner on Wednesday 17th and hot lunch on Thursday 18th included) 
  • Relax with the team for drinks on the lawn in the beautiful grounds at Moreton Hall 
  • Enjoy an overnight stay on Wednesday 17th July
  • Receive two free tickets to one of the Academi performances (either in Cardiff or Criccieth) and enjoy seeing the result of the weeks’ work

In addition to this, there is an optional opportunity to:

  • Learn how to conduct a choir, with Aloud’s Creative Director and member of Classic Brit Award-winners Only Men Aloud, Craig Yates, followed by the opportunity to conduct the Academi choir in a rehearsal at Moreton Hall
  • Learn all the tips and tricks to improve your own singing voice or to imporive your own teaching skills during a private lesson with a professional Aloud Choir Leader
  • Take part in the fun of vocal warm-ups alongside Academi members


The proposed schedule (may be adjusted according to the Academi timetable):

Wednesday 17th July

  • Arrive* mid-afternoon at Moreton Hall for an introduction to the venue and The Academi, with an opportunity to meet the team. 
  • Join the Academi members for dinner and networking
  • Sit in on evening workshops and rehearsals
  • Overnight accommodation provided (on site at Moreton Hall, or in a local hotel within walking distance)
Thursday 18th July
  • Breakfast provided at Moreton Hall
  • Spend the morning observing the teaching techniques of Academi rehearsals and workshops
  • An opportunity to add your own musical experiences and private tuition
  • Enjoy a hot lunch with the Academi Members and Aloud team
  • Attend the professional masterclass and Q&A with Tom Hier and Academi members
  • Relax and socialise with the Aloud music team in the beautiful Moreton Hall grounds
Plus, either:
Sunday 21st July
  • 2 x tickets to the public performance at Criccieth Festival
Monday 22nd July
  • 2 x tickets to the public performance with drinks reception at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
*Please note that travel to and from Moreton Hall and to the performance is not included. Students will need to make their own transport arrangements. 

The value of this package is £500 per student (ex VAT)

We only have very limited places available for this unique and immersive experience, so please book today by emailing [email protected].

Learn more about the Academi here, or if you have any questions please get in touch.

Simply can’t wait until July to hear the sensational voices of the Academi boys? Visit our Only Boys Aloud YouTube page and watch our OBA Academi Playlist – 14 tracks of pure Academi joy! We’ve picked our favourite 5 here…