The Academi Experience

Experience a unique insight into our Academi residential course

As you know, we are very proud of our Academi project, the advanced summer residential course for Only Boys Aloud members.  

Each year, the more experienced OBA members 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 to a very limited number of invited guests, welcoming you to experience the magic of the Academi for yourself. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, providing a unique 24-hour insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of the course.  

If you’ve ever been curious to see how a vocal masterclass is run, what the secrets are to a high-quality performance, or what it really takes to be a professional musician, this is your chance. You’ll even have the opportunity to improve your own musical confidence and skills!

This experience is for two people and takes place across 24 hours on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th July 2024 (see schedule below). The final performances will take place on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd July. 

In this exclusive package you and a guest 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 first-hand the dedication and talent of Academi members as they hone their skills and prepare for their performances 
  • Share mealtimes with Academi members and staff (dinner on Wednesday 17th and hot lunch on Thursday 18th included) 
  • Relax with drinks on the lawn in the beautiful grounds at Moreton Hall 
  • Enjoy an overnight stay and breakfast in the luxurious Lion Quays Hotel & Spa on Wednesday 17th July (twin or double rooms available)
  • Receive 2 x tickets to one of the Academi performances (either in Cardiff or Criccieth) and enjoy seeing the result of the boys’ hard work
  • Receive private access to attend the final dress rehearsal before the performance in Cardiff or Criccieth, soaking up the atmosphere as the choir prepare for the show. (This is an exclusive experience and does not go on sale to the public).
  • Enjoy an overnight stay in either Cardiff or Criccieth following your chosen performance – hotel will be arranged upon selection.

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 during a private singing 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
  • Sit in on evening workshops and rehearsals
  • Check in to the Lion Quays Hotel & Spa and enjoy a little bit of luxury ahead of a busy day
Thursday 18th July
  • Breakfast at Lion Quays Resort
  • Spend the morning observing 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 with Tom Hier and Academi members
  • Relax and socialise with the Academi members and the team with drinks in the beautiful Moreton Hall grounds before heading home*.
Plus, either:
Sunday 21st July
  • Opportunity to attend the full dress rehearsal and sound checks for the performance at the Criccieth Festival
  • 2 x tickets to the public performance 
  • Overnight stay (twin or double room upon request) in Criccieth
Monday 22nd July
  • Opportunity to attend the full dress rehearsal and sound checks for the performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • 2 x tickets to the public performance with drinks reception
  • Overnight stay (twin or double room upon request) in Cardiff City Centre
*Please note that travel to and from Moreton Hall and to the performance is not included. Guests will need to make their own transport arrangements. 

We only have very limited places available for this unique and immersive experience, so please book today by clicking the link below to reserve your place and be part of this truly special event.  

The suggested value of this package is £2,500 for two people. If you would like to make a higher donation based on your perceived value of the experience, there will be an opportunity to make a donation of a different amount on the booking form.

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

The deadline for registering is Sunday 30th June. 

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…