Wow, just wow! This event was incredible, more than 100 young people, 3 amazing days. Thank you to all for attending, tutoring, and running around making sure it worked out. Tall order this summer, but a resounding success!
See video highlights, made by Soundstorm, thanks for doing that, it is a great reminder of just how much everyone gets out of this event. More below.
Some video highlights below…many thanks to SoundStorm for these for you to enjoy in your own time. Our senior musicians who have achieved conservatoire places will be presenting a recital on Monday 6th Sept at 7pm in Broadstone St John’s Church ..do book your seats soon as they are limited due to our own covid restriction measures:
Young musicians have been deprived of making live music for a long time now, so we were back in July this year to repeat a summer school in the safest environment, similar to last year’s popular and successful school but much larger and at the beautiful Lytchett Minster school. We aimed and hopefully achieved bringing even more fun and the best musical input possible, inspire and bring back the joy that the youngsters have been missing during the last year!
The school included varied size ensemble tutoring by highly skilled tutors, fun musicianship developing classes and a chance to make new friends.
This year’s school was called “Here Comes the Sun” and we were 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 enabled us to keep fees to a minimum.
We are also continually grateful for the support from Wessex Young Musicians Trust and Richard Bagley for their generous help with our Poole Society for Young Musicians charity’s education work. This year we took orchestral playing instrumentalists from age 8-18, grade 1-8 plus. The focus for the senior players was as usual on chamber music but also on larger ensembles. The senior strings ended the concert with a superb Elgar’s “Introduction and Allegro” this year!
We were highly dependent on the continued downturn in the coronavirus situation but our organiser Alison Kay, with collaboration with SoundStorm was able to put a suitable risk assessment together and she put a suitable timetable together in order to make everyone as safe as possible.
So, with a comprehensive risk assessment in place, our popular annual Broadstone Music Series music went ahead. We aim to hold another school next summer 2022 so look out for dates!!
SoundStorm recorded during the morning of day 3 for parents to see the work, and due to good weather, an outdoor demonstration of work was presented on the field on the final afternoons.
This year, Alison organised this year’s school for orchestral instrumentalists aged 10-18, (not sax, recorder, guitar or piano) while 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 all over UK, selected for their incredible expertise and inspiration. They helped to plan suitable repertoire for all musicians so everyone had something important to play. We even had music especially written for us! 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.
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. We were also grateful this year to members of the BSC for their kind help with staff refreshments.
Here is a list of the 2021 distinguished tutors which the young musicians were fortunate to benefit from:
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.“