Young musicians have been deprived of making live music for a long time now, so we are back this year to repeat a summer school in a safe environment similar to last year’s popular and successful school. We are aiming to bring even more fun and the best musical input possible this year to make up for this last year, inspire and bring back the joy that the youngsters have had with their music making during previous years!
The school will include varied size ensemble tutoring by highly skilled tutors, fun musicianship developing classes and a chance to make new friends.
This year’s school will be called “Here Comes the Sun” and we are extremely grateful to be joining forces again with our hub partner SoundStorm, while new this year we have also gained support from Dorset Music Service too which enables us to keep cost to a minimum. We will be taking orchestral playing instrumentalists from age 8-18, grade 1-8 plus. The focus for the senior players will be as usual on chamber music.
Additional details will unfold as the time moves on and, of course, we are highly dependent on the continued downturn in the coronavirus situation. Rest assured we will be following all the necessary steps to ensure that we keep everyone safe. Please register your interest in attending by completing this form
With a comprehensive risk assessment in place, in 2020 our popular annual Broadstone Music Series music went ahead with a comprehensive Covid risk assessment in place. We aim to hold another school this summer and hopefully it will be even more fun! A socially distanced, mainly outdoor under gazebo summer school took place at Yarrells school Upton last year, where we offered large spaces and outdoors to ensure social distancing and coaching with our distinguished tutors.
It was for a limited group of young musicians than usual who worked in bubbles, hence focus was on chamber music, in large spaces, out door rehearsing and also organised outside activities due to a long time since anyone played music together, so everyone came prepared for all weather! As usual, we are extremely grateful for the support from SoundStorm Music Agency.
Alison Kay organises the courses and this year’s school was for orchestral instrumentalists aged 10-18, (not sax, recorder, guitar or piano) and young musicians received inspirational input from highly skilled professional musicians including the Halcyon quartet who were resident this year, and also expertise from invited visiting tutors from our affiliated organisation, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. A fun and sociable atmosphere is always our priority, with inspiration and musical enrichment, with emphasis on small ensemble playing throughout the 3 days, musicianship classes and more, and this year was no exception despite the restrictions.
The young musicians worked in 6 bubbles and there were 12 members of staff this year. Everyone needed to bring everything with them, including scanned music so nothing was shared through the day. Hand washing was a priority and the bubble tutors monitored this.
SoundStorm recorded during the morning of day 3 for parents to see the work, and due to good weather, a brief outdoor demonstration of work was presented on the field on the final afternoons.
If you or your children have participated before you’ll know just how much fun and knowledge is gleaned from this fantastic annual event, and this year particularly it was a complete one off for music students in this area. Great bonds as well as great music making always takes place.
Feedback from previous summer school:-
“My daughter, an oboist aged 15, wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Each afternoon, she returned happy and tired – the best combination. New people and old friends, inspiring adults, plus a massive range of music to enjoy and to challenge. She says that it’s her sight-reading skills that have benefited the most; she covered more music in those 3 days than in months before! The other new element was the chance to play chamber music – itself very focused and exposed – with new people, with the immediate need to listen and trust.
What we as parents appreciated was the absolute commitment, passion, and also sense of fun in the staff who ran the summer school, both administratively and musically. The final concert was relaxed, and yet had a real sense of urgency and a desire to communicate all that they had managed to learn and play together in 3 days.“
We are grateful for the help and support of Soundstorm Music Education Agency for this event.
Here is the Halcyon string quartet in action performing themselves: