London Summer Skills - Christmas in the City (2017)

Christmas in the City
Monday, 7 August 2017 - 2:00pm to Saturday, 12 August 2017 - 4:00pm

Creative team:

Composer & Musical Director: Bella Barlow

Barlow & Smith

Programme Vocal Coaches: Jane Streeton (RADA) and Sarah Hayhurst (GSA)


London Summer Skills is now SOLD OUT

No we haven’t gone completely mad! We are doing a Christmas show in the middle of August! We’ve asked composer Bella Barlow of Barlow & Smith to create an extravaganza big enough to put into the London Palladium one day sometime in the future. It’s going to have Christmas stories from Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Hans Christian Anderson and you, the young people involved in the project. It’ll have some songs from Barlow & Smith's album Christmas in the City as well as others newly written. It’ll have fantastic dance routines, snow, Home Alone, London fog, Santa Claus and anything else we can think of. You’ll need to bring plenty of wrapping paper, tinsel, Santa hats and party poppers. Who says Christmas can't begin in August? Enjoy! 

Summer Skills Courses are fun-filled 6-day summer activity holidays providing intense, creative training for anyone aged 11-21 looking to explore their potential and develop their acting, singing and dancing abilities. You'll work with top theatre professionals and create a brand new show in just a week on these exciting residential projects. You'll also receive a masterclass in audition technique (ready for the 2018 YMT auditions) and some specialist training in both voice and singing from Sarah Hayhurst (Voice Tutor at Guildford School of Acting) and Jane Streeton (Head of Singing Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). Summer Skills Courses do not require an audition - so get booking as it's first come, first served!

On YMT's Summer Skills Courses, young people will have the opportunity to:

  • Create and perform a brand new musical
  • Develop skills in acting, singing and movement
  • Work with a professional artistic team
  • Boost confidence, self-esteem and teamwork skills
  • Gain a Grade 6 certificate in Musical Theatre in Production from Trinity College London
  • Contribute to Arts Award or Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Make friends with like-minded people from different backgrounds
  • Stay in residential accommodation with 24-hour pastoral care


We promise you an exciting, theatrical week full of fun activities, but don't take our word for it - here's what previous course participants said:

"I don't know if anything will ever be as amazing as my time with YMT! Thank you to everyone - cast, crew and chaperones"
Kane, 12, Plymouth

"I met some fantastic people, learned so much and created something that I didn't think was possible, in a week!"
Jenny, 16, London

"YMT produces friends from different backgrounds and cultures. It bridges gaps between people who might never cross paths"
Felix, 18, Birmingham


To book a Summer Skills Course online, select your payment option from the drop-down below and click 'Add to Basket'. This will take you to the checkout where you'll be able to proceed and complete a booking form. Alternatively, call us on 020 8563 7725.

Course fees

YMT courses are heavily subsidied 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 accomodation, tuition and 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 - £620.00 (deposit: £170)

Overseas** students - £670.00 (deposit: £220)

*Domestic is classified as British/Irish taxpayers.
**Overseas is classified as non-British/Irish taxpayers.


By car

Please note, there is extremely limited parking on campus and in nearby streets. The University is easily accessible by public transport. If you're travelling by car and need directions, please use this website:

By bus

Travelling to the Main Site Campus

Buses that stop directly outside: 72, 265, 493.
Buses that stop at either Roehampton Village or Upper Richmond Road (Rosslyn Park RFC), each a short walk from the Campus on Roehampton Lane: K3, 85, 170, 337.

Travelling to the Whitelands Site Campus

Buses that stop nearby: 72, 265, 493, 170, 493. Travelling up Roehampton Lane, alight at the stop just before the junction with Danebury Avenue. Turn right down Danebury Avenue and then take the immediate left onto Holybourne Avenue. Whitelands is a minute’s walk on the right-hand side. If you are travelling from the direction of the A3 alight at the stop just after the junction with Danebury Avenue.

By tube

The nearest station is Barnes, from which it is about 15 minutes' walk from the Main Site Campus (25 minutes to Whitelands Campus), or take bus 72 or 265, which stop outside all campuses. Trains to Barnes run from Clapham Junction, London Waterloo, Staines and Windsor.

District/ Piccadilly/ Hammersmith & City lines to Hammersmith. From the tube station, go to bus stop K in the Lower Bus Station next to the shopping centre (see the map of Hammersmith Bus Station on the TfL website) and take bus 72 to all campuses.

District line to Putney Bridge. From outside the tube station, take bus 265 to all campuses.

Book over the phone

If you would like to book a Summer Skills Course over the phone, please call us on 020 8563 7725.

Book by postal form

Please download the Summer Skills Booking Form, complete and return to:

Youth Music Theatre UK

The Hub, St Alban's Fulham

2 Margravine Road, London

W6 8HJ


London: Roehampton University
University of Roehampton , Erasmus House, Roehampton Lane SW15 5PU
United Kingdom

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