NSSO Big Band is a brand-new ensemble for 2023, introducing aspiring young jazz musicians of grade 6 standard upwards to a wide variety of Big Band arrangements.
Led by world renowned saxophonist Colin Skinner, students will be immersed in the Big Band genre, learning the art of Swing, jazz and improvisation with our faculty of top Big Band musicians.
You don’t need experience in Big Band playing to join us on this course, just a love of music of the Swing era and onwards.
Spaces are limited in this fantastic ensemble and are open to
saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone)
acoustic jazz guitar
Through sectionals and big band sessions members will develop their reading and improvisation skills throughout the week, as well as having a lot of fun!
Each section of the band will have a resident tutor, a specialist in their own field, and NSSO is proud to be welcoming some of the UK’s top Big Band musicians to join our excellent team of tutors.
The line up for the band offers individual opportunities to alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, trumpet, and trombone players with a rhythm section of piano, acoustic guitar, string bass, and kit/percussion.
Places in the Big Band are very limited and applications are invited from musicians of secondary school age of grade 6+ standard.
National Schools Symphony Orchestra Philharmonic 2023
About the course
Each year NSSO brings together approximately 80 committed young players to the Philharmonic, mostly between the ages of 13 and 17, though some very able younger players have taken part too.
NSSO Philharmonic offers a week of high-quality orchestral music under the baton of a leading professional musician, assisted by an inspirational team of instrumental tutors, each of them a respected and experienced performer and teacher.
Through a combination of challenging programmes, uplifting rehearsals and inspirational musicianship, NSSO endeavours to provide our young players with a real taste of the professional orchestral world. Many of our alumni have gone on to perform not only with NYO, but also with some of the world’s leading orchestras.
Please note that unfortunately this year we are unable to accept applications from euphonium players for the Philharmonic Orchestra or Harp players for any of our ensembles. Saxophone players will only be able to apply for the Big Band course.
The Philharmonic will be made up of players of a standard of grade 7 to diploma level and above. We will be playing exciting mainstream symphonic repertoire with a full-sized symphony orchestra.
For players of approximately grade 7 standard up to and beyond diploma level, admission is by audition
Exploration of the symphonic and film/TV repertoire
Daily individual instrumental coaching as well as sectional and full rehearsals
Evening entertainment during the week including party and quiz nights
Extensive range of social and sporting activities, includes swimming and a Malvern Hills walk
Full board and accommodation, all music and transport between venues is provided
Creative Oundle for Organists Springboard course 2023
About the course
Presented by Creative Oundle for Organists, Springboard is a course for Organists around the ages of 14 – 23, from roughly Grade 6 standard through diploma level. Students will be grouped according to their level of experience.
Further information about the April 2023 course will be published in November 2022.
Creative Oundle for Organists Pulling Out the Stops 2023
About the course
Presented by Creative Oundle for Organists (OfO), Pulling Out the Stops (POTS) is a course for beginner organists up to and including Grade 5, and those who are interested in finding out more about the organ.
Are you a pianist who is considering giving the organ a try? Come along to POTS and find out more about it!
Our friendly, inspiring tutors will fire up your enthusiasm and give you lots to think about.
Further information will be published in November.
A week of intensive tuition for young organists during the Oundle International Festival.
The Creative OfO Summer School, founded 37 years ago, is the perfect week for a young organist. Our renowned tutors will guide and inspire you; you’ll gain new insights into your playing every day. You’ll make friends and spend time with kindred spirits, and you’ll broaden your musical horizons by experiencing memorable performances in the Oundle International Festival.
When? Monday 10 – Sunday 16 July 2023
Who? Organists around the ages of 14 – 23, from roughly Grade 6* standard through diploma level. Students will be grouped according to their level of experience.
More information will be published in November 2022.
Berklee Valencia Spain Summer Performance Program 2023
Improve your performance, theory, production, and technology skills, take a workshop in our state-of-the-art campus in Valencia, Spain, and network in a multicultural environment. The program provides an opportunity for both Berklee and non-Berklee students from around the world to earn undergraduate college credit from Berklee.
Location: Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus, Spain
Program Dates: 17-28 July 2023Improve your performance, theory, production, and technology skills, take a workshop in our state-of-the-art campus in Valencia, Spain, and network in a multicultural environment. The program provides an opportunity for both Berklee and non-Berklee students from around the world to earn up to three undergraduate college credits from Berklee(*).
The Spain Summer Performance Program is open to all musicians at least 15 years old who have a minimum of six months instrument or voice experience. Whether you are an experienced performer or someone who has never been in front of an audience, you can improve your performance skills by attending. In a supportive and creative environment, our top-notch teachers encourage you to push your vocal and instrumental performance skills to new levels and define your musical voice.
For two weeks, you will be immersed in all aspects of performance. Your classes, workshops, and rehearsals will focus on this important element of being a musician. You will play in ensembles, develop improvisational and reading skills, improve your technique in weekly lessons, and enjoy lectures and demonstrations by well-known faculty and visiting artists. Students will also participate in production and recording workshops with top-notch engineers and producers on the Valencia technology team. To conclude the program, students will give a final concert that all are invited to enjoy.
One unique component of the Spain Summer Performance Program is the opportunity to experience the diverse and vibrant music of the Mediterranean region. Students will have the option to participate in group classes, workshops, and ensembles focused on many musical styles, including flamenco and others from the Mediterranean border.
Coming to the Spain Summer Performance Program will give students a big-picture view of what it takes to become an excellent musician. Our goal is for you to leave here with an understanding of what being an excellent musician entails, from having instrumental, harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic skills to knowing recording and production techniques. All of this will be taught in the vibrant cultural center of Spain, and in one of the most prestigious contemporary music institutions in the world.
Classes generally will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with two sessions of classes before lunch and one session after lunch. Workshops and concerts or jam sessions will take place in the late afternoon and evening. Other optional activities that take place throughout the program also happen in the afternoons, such as music industry sessions, and others.
Classes and the calendar are subject to change.
Topics covered throughout the program
Core musicianship: ear training, harmony, composition, and styles
Instrumental: ensembles, group instruction, and labs
Technology: recording, production, and software tools
Registration and fees
Registration deadline: 1 June 2023
Tuition and registration fee : US$2,630* ($50 non-refundable)
The UK Student Summer Music School with Julie and Nick includes all woodwind players from beginners to advanced plus friends on classical guitar, violin and cello. The course is small, friendly with carefully structured tuition to give maximum attention to each student. Flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, recorder, classical guitar, violin and cello players are invited. Auxiliary instruments (piccolo, tenor, baritone saxophones etc) are welcome as are instrument-playing siblings.
International students are also very welcome to combine music-making with English practice. The tutors also speak French, Italian and Spanish. To date, we have welcomed students from Spain, Italy, Malaysia, USA, Portugal, Turkey, Russia, Bulgaria, Thailand, France, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Bahrain as well as the UK.
Supervised recreation time is always built into the full daily teaching timetable. The course is small. relaxed and friendly with full pastoral care and good home cooking all set in the expansive and beautiful grounds of Earls Hall. We aim to enthuse and motivate our students and can guarantee a year’s improvement in just a few days!
For entry-level / beginner grade students to intermediate players we offer Individual tuition, coached ensembles, sight-reading, rhythm and counting, tone, technique, aural, scales, piano accompaniment, exam assistance and help with polishing a performance for everyone.
For more advanced students, we include all items from the above list and also Masterclasses, sessions on conducting and directing ensembles, musical appreciation, memory tips, transposition and developing key sense, programme selection, platform presentation and confidence, and understanding the basic principles and pedagogy of how to teach your instrument.
There will be an optional solo competition (3 levels) for which you should bring a well-prepared piece of music to demonstrate your playing at its best.
Repertoire list for solo work and individual tuition
Entry Level/ Beginner Grade Students – Please bring any solo piece that you are working on with your teacher. Remember the piano part if there is one. You may prefer to choose something from your tutor book, which is fine.
Intermediate Level Students – Please bring an exam or test piece that you have worked on with your teacher. Remember the piano part if there is one.
Advanced Students – Please bring a movement from any Sonata or set exam piece or well-known repertoire piece for your instrument with piano part, if it is accompanied.
Repertoirefor mixed ensembles
We provide all of the music, but do bring something of your own, if you would particularly like to try it out. The repertoire to be coached includes music by Bach, Handel, Telemann Mozart, Schubert, Devienne, Dvorak and Elgar + opera, ballet, contemporary popular music and music theatre/show tunes. Every student will perform their ensembles at the final concert.
Typical group combinations in the past have been: Flute ensemble, Clarinet ensemble, Saxophone group SATB, Flute or Recorder and Guitar, Flute with Clarinet, Flute and Oboe, Flute, Violin and Cello, Two flutes with bassoon, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon, Recorder with Cello, Flute and Violin and a Tutti group with one of Nick’s special arrangements. We have a library of over 300 titles and the parts can be adapted for any combination of instruments so that everyone gets the chance to play in different ensembles.
Earls Hall is originally a 17th-century house with a Georgian frontage and magnificent gardens set in the rural tranquillity of the sprawling village of Cockfield with its one Church, one school and one village shop. The house has a music room with antique grand piano, dining room, large sitting room and recreation room with table tennis table, two kitchens and plenty of bedrooms with 3 full bathrooms and an extra downstairs cloakroom. The gardens are ours for the duration of the stay and we can enjoy the fresh produce from the vegetable areas. “Shabby chic” in style and everyone loves it – unspoilt and welcoming.
The Oxford Cello School (OCS) is an international cello and double bass summer school founded in 1980 by Marianne Gottfeldt to provide a unique opportunity for cellists and bassists to focus on their instrument and receive the very best tuition in an intensive environment.
This remains our philosophy. Our dedicated and enthusiastic staff, as well as other course members, provide inspiration and encouragement which stimulates students to develop previously unexploited potential.
Since its establishment, the OCS has been proud to welcome students of all ages, backgrounds, nationalities and abilities. Our orchestras take advantage of the cello’s unrivalled versatility and have performed a vast repertoire of works from all musical eras including pieces from eminent modern composers commissioned by the OCS.
We take the task of helping players to improve very seriously and our excellent staff/student relationship creates the ideal relaxed atmosphere in which to achieve fantastic results. Flexibility is always a priority and we consider the individual needs of each and every student to be of paramount importance.
We look forward to working with you to make a year’s progress in a week!
Honorary President: Leonid Gorokhov Patrons: Alexander Baillie, Philip Sheppard, David Strange, Raphael Wallfisch Directors: Stephen Gottfeldt, Samantha Morgan
Courses, dates and prices
We offer a wide selection of courses to cater for all requirements. Below you will find a quick overview.
- Please click on the links for each course type for more details and prices of specific courses. – The ‘grades’ next to ‘standard required’ are those of the ABRSM. If you have not taken a cello exam or are not aware of the ABRSM grading system don’t worry – you do not have to have taken or have any knowledge of ABRSM grades to attend Oxford Cello School, they are merely a useful way to gauge which course is the most suitable. If you require assistance just call or email us and we will be able to recommend a course to you. -If you feel you do not fit anywhere into the programs listed below please contact us and we’ll find a solution!
Performance courses Performance (29 July – 5 August 2023) Performance Plus (26 July – 5 August 2023)
Advanced courses Advanced (29 July – 5 August 2023) Advanced Plus (26 July – 5 August 2023)
Intermediate courses Intermediate (29 July – 5 August 2023) Intermediate Plus (26 July – 5 August 2023)
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This is the central course of the year. It has a strong following and friendships are forged in this festival-feel atmosphere. It is attended by players from Grade 3 standard to infinity (including some professionals looking for time for themselves). Players come from America, Mexico, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain and from around the UK. If you are flying in and need to rent a cello, please ask.
Each year we have an immersive programme of music and ideas. We work on technique as a response to the music each morning in classes. We develop ideas through improvising. We play ensemble games. We look at history and develop our relationship to the music and its writer. We do a lot more besides. As this has to be a holistic week covering body use and care, we look at the illuminating thoughts of and behind, the Alexander Technique.
We prepare for a performance at the course end and we have a phenomenal time together. Our venue is a de-consecrated church. It is a lovely, spacious place and an ideal home for us and this music. In the evenings, those who want to, meet up in restaurants, pubs or cafes. We have a group supper too. Some people come and stay in hotels or B&Bs – others commute in by car or train (we are very close to the station where you can also park).
The RSCM Millennium Youth Choir is a very high standard auditioned training choir for young people aged 16–23. This span of ages, from school years through college and beyond, encourages ongoing development of musical skills amongst choir members, as well as friendships that will last a lifetime.
Principally working with leading choral director Adrian Lucas, the choir also works with other experienced directors and musicians throughout the year.
Its programme of training days, cathedral visits and residential courses allows the choir to experience music of all styles and periods. From Gregorian chant, through the Renaissance masters and the towering challenges of J S Bach, their repertoire stretches on to newly commissioned works in a variety of genres.
Individual musical and vocal tuition is a key feature of courses and events, along with regular opportunities to record and broadcast.
Founded in 2000 at the instigation of Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, it offers a wonderful opportunity for young singers to sing the widest and most exciting range of sacred music in worship to the highest standards.
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