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Dunblane Summer School – 23rd Anniversary!

Dunblane Summer School
Monday 13 – Thursday 16 July 2020
all services in Dunblane Cathedral

Four enjoyable days of music-making, learning, reflection and worship

  • based in the beautiful medieval cathedral
  • directed by Matthew Beetschen with Frances McCafferty (vocal coach) and Kevin Duggan (organ)
  • vocal masterclass
  • optional skills workshops

23rd highly successful 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.

Unable to attend the whole course?
Come just for a day!

The Day Rate is £40; tea/coffee is included and you can book meals at further cost

To book your place, please contact the Summer School administrator: Brian Baker
T: 01786 821294;
E: summerschool(at)
or Book online here

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.


The course timetable will be announced in due course

Vocal Masterclass

Vocal Masterclass with internationally renowned opera singer, Frances McCafferty

Skills Workshops

Workshops will be organised at the course, depending on participants' needs.

In the past, these have often included:

  • cantor
  • organ: solo playing and accompaniment
  • chant
  • world music
  • conducting
  • Voice for Life: choir training

The cost of these is included if you're participating in the Summer School whole course or day-rate, and at £10 each for visitors.

Meal arrangements

  • Lunch and a three-course Dinner: in Old Churches House
  • Mid-morning and mid-afternoon tea and coffee: 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.

There is a wide choice at the lower end of the price range within a 10-mile radius, although there is very little available in Dunblane itself.

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

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

Day rates

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

  • £40

It may be possible to book an individual 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 organist will be Kevin Duggan, Organist at Dunblane Cathedral.
  • Frances McCafferty will again be the Vocal Tutor.
  • 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 a booking form, 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): £140

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


non-residential – no meals
(non-member price): £200

non-member of the RSCM


day rate – £40 per day
(you can book meals separately)


Day rate – as above, including lesson or consultation: £65 per day

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