Manchester Advanced Skills Camp (2023) | British Youth Music Theatre

MONDAY 17 JUL, 10:00AM - SATURDAY 22 JUL, 3:00PM

Director: Neil Rutherford
Musical Director: Aaron Newland-Bentley
Choreographer: TBC

BYMT's Musical Theatre Advanced Skills Camp 

This 6-day, intensive residential summer course in musical theatre skills will equip participants with the unique skillset and knowledge needed to be competitive and to excel in the theatre industry. The programme incorporates focused training in acting, singing and movement, with talks, masterclasses and seminars designed to illuminate career pathways, build confidence and demystify the audition process. This year for the first time we will introduce skills in devising new musical theatre songs and stories, using the imagination and creativity of the participants at the camp.

Receive specialist training from respected Theatre Directors, Musical Directors, Choreographers and Vocal Coaches who have a wealth of experience; including commercial West End theatre, regional repertory, experimental and fringe theatre. The course leaders are currently working within the UK’s leading drama schools and conservatoires, including Mountview and Leeds Conservatoire; they also bring experience of working in many of the other drama schools and will be there to answer questions and talk through different routes into the industry.

Tailored for the 17-21 year age bracket, this course will be particularly beneficial for those interested in auditioning for drama school or conservatoire at undergraduate or postgraduate levels. Situated at the renowned Chetham’s School for Music within easy reach of Manchester City centre, the course includes expert training plus six nights’ full board and accommodation.

Working together on the Advanced Skills Camp is one of the best ways to make great, often life-long, friends, to share a unique experience and to come out at the other end proud of what you achieved, whilst becoming more confident as a performer and a person. Participants come from many backgrounds and countries and we encourage an inclusive and collaborative context in order for individuals to thrive in using their creativity and developing their skills.

Structure of the course

60 hours of intensive tuition, rehearsals and masterclasses spread over a 6 day residential retreat. Students arrive on Sunday evening for a Monday morning start.

Students will participate in group classes (including Acting, Singing, Movement, Audition Technique, Collaborative Devising and New Musical Theatre Writing) and also get individual support with audition songs.

ACTING - Explore acting through song and approaching text, both established and new.
VOICE - Increase your vocal power, flexibility and clarity for speaking, singing and performing.
SINGING - Through ensemble and solo singing learn to interpret lyrics and improve vocal technique and skills.
MOVEMENT - Through releasing bodily tension learn how to use your body and physicality to create characters and support your singing performance.
DEVISING - Develop your storytelling, improvisation, new writing and theatre making skills.

Exciting talks and seminars include career development, industry structure and standards, actors’ agencies and starting your own company. At the end of the course participants work towards presenting rehearsed songs (solo and choral) to an invited audience.


  • Anyone aged  17 - 21 wishing to take their skills to the next level
  • Those wishing to apply to drama school or conservatoire at undergraduate or postgraduate levels
  • Those wishing to hone skills in specific areas, or who feel they may have gaps in their learning
  • Anyone interested in developing new skillsets in musical theatre and performance.


Chetham's School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester, M3 1SB

Course Fees

BYMT courses are heavily subsidised by Arts Council England as well as various other brilliant funders, and as a not-for-profit organisation the course fees help us to cover our costs. The course fee covers full board accommodation, the highest quality tuition, and 24-hour pastoral care.

There are two ways you can pay your course fee: (1) In full OR (2) A deposit with three subsequent instalments.

Domestic students - £775 (deposit: £325), domestic is classified as British/Irish taxpayers.

Overseas students - £875 (deposit: £425), overseas is classified as non-British/Irish taxpayers, living outside UK or Ireland.

How to book?   

Book Online: Directly through this page!

Book by Phone: If you would like to book your Advanced Skill Camp with one of the BYMT team, please call us on: 020 8563 7725  





Venue Address

Chetham's School of Music
Long Millgate
M3 1SB