Welcome to Gloucestershire Academy of Music
Gloucestershire Academy of Music (GAM to its friends!) offers an exceptional level of professional music tuition in an informal and friendly atmosphere. We are very successful in creating musical opportunities for all ages and abilities, from individual music lessons and group sessions to performance opportunities, workshops and master classes. From encouraging the very young to love music and develop their potential to creating an atmosphere where adults feel they can continue, rediscover or even find a new love of playing we have found that we can usually offer something for everyone. Please look at the information about our available Term-time ( Junior and Senior) and Holiday music programmes on this website.
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Bill scoops Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year title
The first thing 15-year-old viola player Bill Ko Tsz Hin did when he heard that he had won the Gloucestershire Young
Musician of the Year title was ring his parents in Hong Kong - despite it being 5am their time!
The gifted teenager, who is a boarder at Cheltenham College, wowed the judges with his powerful performance of Bruchís Romanze for Viola and Waltonís technically challenging second movement of his Viola Concerto on Tuesday evening (March 5).
He was one of five highly talented young musicians from across the county competing in this yearís contest which saw the Audience Prize, sponsored by the Carducci Trust, go to 14-year-old pianist Diff Jia, from Pateís Grammar School.
The other finalists were Katie Jenner (clarinet) from Birmingham Conservatoire, Stephen Parker (euphonium) from Marling School and Michael Lei (piano) from Dean Close School.
Bill was presented with the Hewitt-Jones Trophy by composer Thomas Hewitt-Jones and received a cash prize of £500 from Brimpsfield Music Society chairman Patrick Daly. He will have the opportunity to perform a concerto with organisers Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra on November 17 at Pittville Pump Room, play in a further concert with Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra as well as a recital at Cheltenham Music Festival.
Underlining how much he hoped others would follow in his footsteps, Bill said: "I hope more people, no matter what their age, will take up a musical instrument and explore different genres of music."
Audience Prize winner Jiff Dia, who received a cheque for £200 from Carducci Quartet leader Matt Denton, will perform at the Carducci Festival at Highnam Court on May 18.
The judging panel was chaired by Professor Derek Aviss, who is former principal of Londonís Trinity College. He said: "The arts have suffered badly from funding in this country and at last it seems to be there is a parliamentary report due out very shortly, which shows the value of the arts, and music in particular, in terms of supporting young peopleís educational development. Itís great that Gloucestershire is at the forefront of some of these new initiatives."
He was accompanied by Meurig Bowen, head of artistic planning for the BBC National Orchestra and Philip Harper, musical director of the award-winning Cory Band.
While the judges deliberated, gifted blind pianist Ashleigh Turley, from Tuffley entertained the audience with pieces by Bach, Debussy and Rachmaninoff to rapturous applause.
Partners and sponsors of the contest include the Gloucestershire Academy of Music, Cheltenham Music Festival, Gloucestershire Music, The Summerfield Trust and Ann Heron, mother of 2016 winner Adam.
School Holiday Music Courses
Our popular holiday courses have now been running for over 30 years, providing a combination of
the highest standard of tuition with the opportunity for great fun; an experience not to be missed!
Come and join us in the Easter or Summer holidays for music making opportunities.
We have established a unique reputation for our range of residential and non-residential courses. A testimony to the success of these courses is that many students return year after year.
For our younger and adult students we run a popular non-residential Easter programme.
Please click here to view details of our holiday courses.
If you have any questions or require more information or help, please email our Programme Coordinator at: