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Dunblane Summer School – 22nd Anniversary!

Dunblane Summer School: 15–18 July in Dunblane, with all services in Dunblane Cathedral

Matthew Beetschen and the team are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Dunblane for four enjoyable days of music-making, learning, reflection and worship.

  • based in the beautiful medieval cathedral
  • directed by Matthew Beetschen with Kevin Duggan (organ)
  • optional skills workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • formerly the Dunblane Singing Break, this course is now in its 22nd year!

For more information contact Brian Baker
T: 01786 821294

To book your place on the course, download a booking form and send it to Brian Baker (his address is on the form). You can pay online, below.

Dunblane Cathedral


Click on the following links for more detailed information, including accommodation, how to book, etc.

Who takes part in this course?

Around 50 singers attend this course each year. They appreciate the opportunity to learn new repertoire, improve their music skills and value the fellowship and worship.

Services follow the traditions of both the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are led by clergy of different denominations. Much of the music used will be suitable for small choirs but there will be works to challenge too.

We welcome many singers from across the British Isles and beyond. The sharing of experiences by singers from church choirs all over the world is particularly valued by the participants.


(to be confirmed)

An indicative timetable can be seen below.

(Indicative Timetable)

Please arrive during the morning and register in the Cathedral Halls.

1.00pm                   Lunch
2.00pm                   Rehearsal in Cathedral Halls
4.00pm                   Afternoon Tea
4.30pm                   Rehearsal in Cathedral
6.00pm                   Evening Meal
7.15pm                   Rehearsal in Cathedral
8.00pm                   Service in the Cathedral

Tuesday and Wednesday

  9.30am                Rehearsal in Cathedral Halls
11.00am                Coffee
11.20am                Plenary session
12.20pm                Rehearsal
1.00pm                  Lunch
2.15 – 3.30pm       Skills workshops
4.00pm                  Afternoon Tea
4.30pm                  Rehearsal in Cathedral Halls/Cathedral
6.00pm                  Evening Meal
7.15pm                  Rehearsal in Cathedral
8.00pm                  Service in Cathedral (Choral Evensong on Wednesday)


  9.30am                Rehearsal in Cathedral
10.30am                Closing Service (Holy Communion) in Cathedral
11.45am                Coffee

Plenary sessions

To be confirmed


To be confirmed

Meal arrangements

  • Lunch and Tea (Dinner) will be served in Old Churches House
  • Tea and coffee will be available in the Cathedral Hall

We meet on Monday for lunch, and finish mid-morning on Thursday.


You will need to arrange and pay for your own accommodation.

Although there is very little available in Dunblane at the lower end of the price range, within a 10-mile radius there is a wide choice. You may find the following information helpful.

Name Phone Details (and addresses)

Old Churches House

01786 823663

opposite the Cathedral

Stirling University

01786 467140

Bed and Breakfast is available in student halls of residence on the University Campus, 4 miles from the Cathedral
Contact: Lisa Rice

Stirling Court Hotel

01786 466000

on the University campus and provides more up-market facilities

Stirling Youth Hostel 01786 473442 just down the hill from Stirling Castle

Ciar Mhor

01786 823371

Guest house in Dunblane, 15-minute walk from Cathedral
Auchinlay Rd, Dunblane FK15 9JS

Westlands Hotel

01786 822118

small hotel on outskirts of Dunblane
Doune Road, Dunblane FK15 9HT

Doubletree by Hilton Hydro

01786 822551

large hotel in Dunblane
Perth Rd, Dunblane FK15 0HG

The Woodside Hotel, Doune

01786 841237

small hotel, 4 miles from Dunblane
Stirling Rd, Doune FK16 6AB

The Royal Hotel, Bridge of Allan


hotel, 5 miles from the Cathedral
55 Henderson St, Bridge of Allan FK9 4HG

Premier Inn


2 locations in Stirling



1 location in Stirling

For other possibilities including many places within 10 miles of Dunblane, see the Visit Scotland website

If you need further assistance, please contact Brian Baker
phone: 01786 821294
e-mail: summerschool(at)

Booking arrangements for this course

Tuition, workshops and plenary sessions

Including Lunch, Dinner, tea and coffee in Old Churches House – and a free copy of the special Music Book to take home with you!

  • RSCM affiliates and Individual members: £250
  • Non-members: £310

Day rates

These exclude the cost of meals, which can be booked with Brian Baker.

  • £45 for the rehearsals, plenary sessions and workshops
  • £65, including an hour's lesson (singing or organ) or consultation with a tutor

To book your place on the course, download a booking form and send it to Brian Baker.

Is this course the same as in previous years?

  • Matthew Beetschen will direct the course again this year.
  • The venue is Dunblane Cathedral hall, with services in the Cathedral.

How do I pay?

Pay online (see booking form below) or contact Brian Baker to arrange payment.

Although we don't have the facility to process credit card payments, we use PayPal to take MasterCard/Visa credit card or debit card payments securely online – it doesn't cost you any more to pay using this method – and you don't need a PayPal account to pay online.

How can I get an application form?

Please download the application form, then complete it and return it to us.

Who is organising the course?

This course is organised by the RSCM Scotland Committee.
The Course Administrator is Brian Baker, and he can be contacted
by phone: 01786 821294
or e-mail: summerschool(at)

Booking your place

To book your place on the course, download a booking form and send it to Brian Baker (his address is on the form).

Select the appropriate option Pay full amount now Pay £50 deposit Pay balance
non-residential – with meals
(member price): £250
non-residential – with meals
(non-member price): £310

non-member of the RSCM

non-residential – no meals
(member price): £137

Individual Member of the RSCM member
or member of an affiliated church/choir


non-residential – no meals
(non-member price): £198

non-member of the RSCM


Day rate – rehearsals, plenary sessions and workshops: £45

not available not available

Day rate – including lesson or consultation: £65

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