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Summer’s Cool Holiday Course for Young Musicians
July 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - August 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
About Summer’s Cool
Summer’s Cool is a very friendly course designed to accommodate and support young musicians of all stages and standards.
We hope that students will at least have a basic rudimentary knowledge of music reading ability and have an elementary grasp of playing skills: as a guide then, you will probably need to be a minimum of Grade 2 standard – the focus for the course will be on developing ensemble skills.
On our courses we provide a wide variety of musical and social activities. The whole course is designed to be fun, encouraging young people to enjoy their music and make new friends! We fill the day with various ensembles as well as lunchtime concerts. In the afternoons and evenings we use the swimming pool, organise games or arrange quizzes. On Wednesday afternoon we organise an off-site activity which in previous years has been a 10-pin bowling challenge with an evening barbecue and organised games. At the end of the week, the staff and students put together a short presentation of the week’s musical highlights for parents, relatives and friends.
Everyone takes part in the afternoon orchestral session, where a variety of music is explored, both established classical and lighter repertoire in addition to premieres written / arranged especially for the pupils’ instruments & standards on the course.
Over the last few years, pieces have included arrangements of works by Dvorak and Bizet, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ from Indiana Jones, and ‘Harry’s Wondrous World’ from ‘Harry Potter’.
Chamber music opportunities are available with tutorial help at various times of the day.
Everyone is involved in the two daily singing sessions. There’s no such thing as ‘I can’t sing’! We have covered a wide variety of fun warm-ups, as well as exploring a range of repertoire, from Handel to ‘Abba’!
Wind, brass and percussion come together to perform. Parts can be adapted for the less experienced players. Students who play both wind and string instruments have the opportunity to take part in both windband and string ensemble sessions.
Students explore repertoire for string orchestra and chamber groups as well as sectional rehearsals for orchestral pieces. As well as playing together as a large group, we split into rehearsals for upper and lower strings to explore an even wider repertoire. On some evenings Senior Strings takes place for the most advanced players.
These sessions concentrate on broadening students’ ability “to think in sound” and respond creatively to musical ideas. This provides opportunity for mixed ability group work, helping to integrate the more advanced with the less experienced musicians, creating short themed pieces or “soundscapes”. Each session may start with tutor led stimulus that may be based on a particular theme or inspired idea, which may be anything from a group of 5 notes (e.g. Pentatonic scale), a rhythmic pattern, a poem, a picture etc. Students are encouraged to explore and develop an understanding of compositional techniques
from the traditional to contemporary.
Each group is sensitively monitored by course tutors to ensure that everyone uses and develops their full potential. Students are taught “how to listen” and are encouraged to comment constructively on the resulting group performances.
The Summer’s Cool Team
Our staff are very experienced, some having run this course since 1985. All our tutors are professional musicians and fully qualified music teachers.
Andrew studied Music at Dartington College of Arts, receiving Diploma of Music in Education (Hons) with Special Mention. A lifetime in education, working in all age groups in both the state and private school systems in the UK and NZ. While in post as Director of Music at Prior Park College, Bath, he set up and directed the Summer School of Music (1985) which continues to run successfully as Summer’s Cool.
Sue studied Music at Dartington College of Arts, receiving the Diploma of Music in Education. After two years of class music teaching Sue turned to specialise in instrumental teaching and ensemble performance, working with students of all ages and abilities including Suzuki violin work. She has been the co-founder/director of Summer’s Cool since its beginnings and completed her teaching career as the Deputy Area Manager for Central Warwickshire County Music Service. Andrew and Sue continue their work in music workshops for children as members of “Leamington Music Education Programme”.
Lorna started her musical life as a cellist, and continues to play for weddings and events in The Buckinghamshire Quartet. After completing her Music Degree at Southampton University, she went on to study to be a Primary School Teacher at Warwick University. During her first few years of teaching, she also studied for her MMus in Composition for Screen at The Royal College of Music in London. She currently works for Oxfordshire County Music Service, teaching flute, clarinet and saxophone in a number of schools throughout the South East of the County. She also runs South Oxfordshire Music Centre, organising groups and ensembles for approximately 80 children, from beginners to intermediate players across South Oxfordshire.
As well as teaching, Lorna enjoys composition and arranging popular tunes for her pupils and groups.
Lorna has two young daughters, whom she hopes will one day be involved in Summer’s Cool Music Courses too!
Jules Mock-Morton: Singing animateur – Designated Safeguarding Officer
Currently the director of her own music education company ‘SuperSing’ delivering high quality music provision to individuals and schools across Yorkshire. Jules leads a thriving adult community choir in York as well as teaching students of all ages and musical standards. With a background of musical theatre, music psychology and community music from her university studies – Jules prides herself on leading confidence boosting, enjoyable and high quality music sessions. As well as leading the vocal classes on Summers Cool Jules will also be an active member of the orchestra, wind band and string group playing bassoon, violin and viola. Jules will also lead many of the extra curricular sporting and team activities which contribute to the week’s positive friendly ethos.
Kirsty Budgen is currently working for Croydon Music and Arts as a Lower strings Instrumental teacher and leads many Sound Start and Mini Strings projects within the area. She is the mentor and leader of Boris Johnson music scholars chosen from the Croydon area. She enjoys working with infant, junior and secondary students. She plays with Surrey Opera and for various quartet and ensemble events.
Kirsty studied the cello and piano initially at Junior Guildhall and was awarded a music scholarship to study with John Todd from the Coull Quartet while studying for a BA( Hons) music with qualified music status at Warwick University.
She went on to work with Warwickshire County Music Service as the Leader of lower strings. She enjoyed the position of Director of Rugby Music Centre, Eastern area conducting a range or orchestral groups and music theatre groups.
She was a member of the Hannay string quartet and played with various orchestral ensembles and for shows across the Midlands.
After spending five years at the RNCM Junior School studying with Paddy Adinall, Mark Continued studying the Trumpet with John Holland and Wes Warren (CBSO) at Birmingham Conservatoire. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in 1993 he then completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Studies, also at the Conservatoire. He continued his studies and graduated with a certificate of teaching with the ABRSM.
Mark has freelanced throughout the midlands and South Yorkshire where he now lives playing with various orchestral, choral and jazz ensembles.
Having been a full time member of staff at Warwick School for twelve years, and Assistant Director of Music (Instrumental) at Repton School he is now the Director of Music at Hill House School, Auckley near Doncaster. Mark not only oversees a very busy instrumental music program, teaches GCSE and A level music, he also manages 15 Visiting Instrumental Staff. He conducts many ensembles including the school Jazz Orchestra and Senior Orchestra.
Mark enjoys helping young musicians achieve their potential and has taken groups to the National Concert Band Festival, Music for Youth and The Mrs Sunderland Festival in Huddersfield. It has been known that in his spare time, Mark is a greater spotted MAMIL (lat. Mamillargus) and enjoys putting himself through excruciating pain by doing triathlons and 100 mile cycling sportives in deepest North Wales!
Clare graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a BMus degree in 1994. She studied Violin with Wendy Quirk (CBSO) and piano as her second study. After graduating she began freelancing throughout the midlands playing for orchestras and chamber ensembles. She played in The Hannay String Quartet for a number of years and ran a successful music agency – SpaMusicWorks with her husband, Mark, providing musicians and ensembles for weddings and functions. Clare was Assistant Director of Music at Foremake Hall Preparatory School (Repton Preparatory School) and has worked as a peripatetic violin and piano teacher with Warwickshire Music service, Warwick Preparatory School, Warwick School, Foremarke Hall (Repton Preparatory School) and now works at Hill House School, Auckley, near Doncaster teaching the piano, running a 60 strong year 1 and 2 choir, a senior string ensemble and co-directing the school orchestra.
Clare enjoys cooking and has a secret longing to be on Masterchef! She also enjoys walking, gardening and cycling in North Wales when she is not busy teaching!
Registration and fees
Visit the Summer’s Cool website to download the application form.
Fees for 2019
- Resident £549
- Day £439
A non-refundable deposit of £150 is payable at the time of booking.