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.
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 (29 July – 5 August 2023)
Performance Plus (26 July – 5 August 2023)
Advanced (29 July – 5 August 2023)
Advanced Plus (26 July – 5 August 2023)
Intermediate (29 July – 5 August 2023)
Intermediate Plus (26 July – 5 August 2023)
St Mary’s Music School International Piano Summer School 2023
St Mary’s Music School Piano Summer School offers a comprehensive and broad-ranging programme aimed at talented pianists who wish to expand their horizons and playing capability.
The course is designed to give a holistic introduction to the musical, mental and physical skills needed to grow as a pianist and is suitable for those who aspire to study at conservatoire, university and professional level as well as those who simply wish to hone their skills in an atmosphere which is fun, supportive and encouraging. Places are limited to ensure individual focus and dedicated support.
The Piano Summer School is led by Helena Buckmayer and John Cameron, both experts in helping young musicians build their skills in way that is best suited to each individual. They are supported by alumni of St Mary’s Music School and emerging artists at the start of their professional careers.
The course is limited to just a small number of participants and includes a comprehensive range of group and individual classes. It takes place at our home in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, during the Edinburgh International Festival.
Who is the International Piano Summer School for?
The course is suitable for pianists age 13 to 17, Grade 7 or above (ABRSM or Trinity) or who are playing at an equivalent level. Following a video submission, successful applicants will be invited to take part.
Details to be announced.
Course Director: John Cameron
John has been Head of Keyboard at St Mary’s School since 2014, and Assistant Director of Music since 2019. Prior to his busy teaching career, John was the winner of the Megan Foster Accompanists Prize 1999 and has performed on BBC Radio Three, BBC4, Radio Scotland and S4C. Among others, he has worked with singers Sally Matthews, Sarah Walker, Gweneth-Ann Rand, The Dunedin Consort, Mark Stone, Stefan Loges, Sophie Karthauser and Matthew Brook.
Since joining the staff at St.Mary’s Music School he has been active as a recitalist, accompanying both string players and wind players in concert and masterclasses as well as teaching piano and chamber music. He has worked with Mr McFall’s Chamber, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Cadenza, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, and acted as repetiteur for Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (2008), Phillipe Herreweghe (2009), Donald Runnicles (2011 & 2013), Sir Roger Norrington and Robin Ticciati at the Edinburgh International Festival.
What students say…
It was a great experience in every respect. Apart from the interesting and educative masterclasses and piano lessons, I also enjoyed enormously all those innovative courses, like the performance classes, yoga (the best way to start each day!) and Alexander technique. It’ s rare to find so many high-level classes in one academy!! I’m glad I got the opportunity to attend St Mary’s Piano Summer School! Many thanks to all – I hope to see you again!
I had a very enjoyable experience. I got lots of detailed advice from the masterclass and of course from the performance class and the one to one lessons too. All of this helped me improve my pieces immensely. Also, I learnt how to stay relaxed and use my breathing to help me during a performance. This was my first time learning about the Alexander technique and it was very useful. From this opportunity, I got lots of beneficial advice and learnt new techniques to help with practice and performances. Thank you for this opportunity and I’m looking forward to see you all again!
It was a wonderful experience for me! I really loved the yoga lessons, it taught me how to know my body better, to be in the moment. The masterclass, private lessons, and the performance helped me improve in my pieces, I got a new perspective from hearing my classmates and teachers give me advice. It really boosted my confidence in my music, made me more comfortable playing in front of other amazing players. The Alexander Technique was new to me, but it is interesting to have a new take on music and posture. I am honoured to be in this class, thank you to all teachers and classmates, keep in touch!
An adventurous, intensive course for advanced (Grade 7 minimum) and professional cellists wanting to go off-grid.
This stunning programme of music from across the ages is threaded together and performed publicly as a meditation in a continuous cycle.
Cellists receive the music in advance to learn before rehearsal and development begin.
From the course leader, Catherine Black
Stillness is vital to our well-being – to our ability to reflect. Many people look to music to find solace and to use it as a focus or channel for their personal trials and tribulations. I have created a meditation that is a musical & spiritual journey that takes you from the troubles of the world, towards a still point, and then leads you forward, preparing you to go back to the hurly-burly, refreshed. In performance, the music is threaded together and is played continuously. It serves as a meditation for player and listener alike, making a performance more of an event, than a concert.
The music I have chosen was written by some of the greatest composers of the Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic eras. It is music from the heart, to the heart written by men grounded in their faith and craft. Sure, their art had a place in the life of their society, they wrote for their church, the buildings that housed it, for Princes, aristocrats, Kings and Queens. Both sacred and secular music work together side by side – they are the stuff of life. The Ayres of Dowland, the Chansons of Lassus, meld with Anthems, masses and motets.
I created this way back in 2007. This is the programme (with some additions) that String Theory Cello Ensemble performed. We played a Long Meditation for evening time and a Short Meditation for lunch-time concerts. We played in cabaret bars with a light show, colouring the musical drama. Our audience sat at candle-lit tables sipping wine. When we played in churches, some audience members lay down on the pews to listen. Like that ensemble, we will perform publicly, using lighting and other media to illuminate the event. We were signed to a Canadian agency who loved this theatrical mode of performance.
A reviewer said of one of our performances, ‘It spoke the language of eternity’.
The music will be sent out two months in advance so it is well known before rehearsal and development begins.
Catherine studied at the Royal College of Music in London where her cello teachers were Christopher Bunting and Eileen Croxford. She graduated in 1983 with a GRSM and an ARCM Teachers Diploma.
In 2013 Catherine co-founded the Baroque & Roll String Orchestra with the wonderful violinist, Julia Bishop of Red Priest.
Catherine taught for many years on behalf of the Centre for Young Musicians in London and is a deputy at the junior departments of Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She was an associate lecturer at Chichester University in 2014 and 2015.
Catherine worked as cello coach for the adult learners string orchestra Strings at St Martins, The Chamber Orchestra at Conway Hall and Battersea Young Strings.
MediaSoundHamburg is an international summer school for film music, game music and sound design that has taken place annually in Hamburg since 2011. For six days, national and international film composers, game musicians and sound designers meet international professionals and renowned experts.
In various workshops, masterclasses and the MSH Conference, participants work on concrete projects and get new ideas for their artistic work.
We support young talents from all over the world by awarding scholarships. Since 2011, we have awarded around 100 scholarships.
Festival centre and accommodation
The festival centre is the Ibis Hotel Hamburg St Pauli Messe.