Links and resources (just click):


Simon's Singing Exercises


Simon's Teaching Timetable


Salisbury Chamber Chorus


Simon's Facebook page

Simon's Facebook page as a teacher

Salisbury Chamber Chorus's Facebook page



Exam boards and information

Associated Board Singing Exams

Associated Board Music Theory

Associated Board dates and fees

LCM/UWL Music Theatre Exams

LCM closing dates

Trinity College Singing Exams



Teacher websites



Listening resources




Choir and singer resource websites - information about British choirs - singers and teachers forum, plus bookshop


Royal Opera
Southampton Mayflower
Opera Base - opera news and database


Sheet music

Music Room

IMSLP - out of copyright free downloads
Sheet Music Direct
Sheet Music Plus
Mogul Diamonds second hand books and music
Music Corner second hand music



Recommended music books


Opera aria collections:

Schirmer Arias for soprano (vol. 1, 2 and coloratura), mezzo, tenor, baritone or bass

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Music Theatre collections:

Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology, soprano vols 1-6, mezzo vols 1-6, tenor vols 1-6, baritone vols 1-6, duets vols 1 & 2

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Contemporary Singing Actor for men, vols 1 & 2, or for women, vols 1 & 2, or duets

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French song collections:

Art of French Song, vol 1 & 2 (high or low), pub. Peters

Lieder collections:

German Lieder of the 19th Century (high or low), pub. Peters

Baroque Italian aria collections:

ABRSM: A Selection of Italian Arias, vols 1 & 2 (high or low)

ABRSM Grade 8 book (not fully inclusive):

The Art of Song Grade 8 (high, medium or low)


And recommended books about music

'The Good Opera Guide' - Denis Forman

'Singing in Style' - Martha Elliot

'What to Listen For in Music' - Aaron Copland

'Music: A Very Short Introduction' - Nicholas Cook

'A Guide to Musical Analysis' - Nicholas Cook

'A History of Western Music' - Grout/Palisca

'Singing and the Actor' - Gillyanne Kayes

'Lieder Line by Line' - Lois Philips

'German Diction for English-Speaking Singers' - Jacqueline Pischorn

'The Interpretation of French Song' - Pierre Bernac

'Elementary Training For Musicians' - Paul Hindemith


Classical aria, song reference, and pronunciation (IPA) sites:
IPA Source - International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts

The Lied and Art Song Texts Page: Texts and Translations to Lieder, mélodies, art songs, and other vocal music

The Aria Database - Information, translations, and MIDIs of famous opera arias for singers and music lovers

Nikolai reads Lieder texts on YouTube
IPA Dictionaries on the Web

Diction Police - Text guides by native speakers and IPA help


Sight-singing website:

Sight-Reading Factory - Subscription site, but excellent

Sight-Reading Mastery - Graded sight-singing tests

Classical summer schools:

Summer Schools website
Rhinegold's guide
Musical Chairs International guide




MT summer schools:


West End Stage

Youth Music Theatre




Backing tracks:

iTunes, Spotify and Amazon have a lot of backing tracks now, but specialist sites include:
SBI Global
Pure Solo


Bone prop shop (around £15, shockingly, but it works):

The Morrison Bone Prop




Boots steam inhaler



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