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Holiday Music Courses
2015 Programme

Easter 'Bow It'

30th March - 1st April 2015
Director: Glyn Oxley
Tutors: TBA
For string players from beginner to Grade 4/5 standard
Location: Barbican House, Barbican Road, Gloucester, GL1 2JF
Non-residential
Fee: £118

This non-residential three day course is specifically designed for young string players who come and develop important musical skills in a supportive and fun atmosphere.   Our young students are given the opportunity to play in small ensembles - thereby introducing them to chamber music - and to experience larger orchestral playing.   The emphasis is always on the fun of playing.

Bow It 2001 We make sure that we build recreation time into the three days.   Our highly experienced and very popular welfare team (who have all attended these courses themselves when younger) devise activities to keep students entertained when they are not being tutored.

Bow It 2011

A typical day...

10.00* Warm-up 12.30 Lunch
10.30 Sectionals/Orchestra 1.30 Chamber music/recreation
11.00 Break 3.00 Orchestra
11.30 Orchestra 4.00 Finish

*A crèche facility is available for parents who need to ‘drop off’ before 10am or collect after 4pm.   Crèche places need to be pre-booked. Please email for details

Concert - 1st April at 2.00pm

Please note that, depending on numbers, the concert venue may move to a nearby larger hall.

This concert for family and friends gives the students an opportunity to show off what they have learned.

What parents said about the 2013 "Bow It" & "Blow It" courses:

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Easter 'Blow It'

30th March - 1st April 2015
Director: Wes Duggan
For wind and brass players Grade 1 to Grade 4/5 standard
Location: Barbican House, Barbican Road, Gloucester, GL1 2JF
Non-residential
Fee £118

Blow It Students who come to our non-residential 'Blow It' course get three 'full on' days of exciting and creative musical fun.   As the title suggests, it is for students who play either a wind or brass instrument at Grade 1-4/5 standard.   The Director chooses repertoire that appeals to students, with an emphasis on the 'jazzy stuff' and the fun of playing.

We make sure that we build recreation time into the three days.  Our highly experienced and very popular welfare team (who have all attended these courses themselves when younger) devise activities to keep students Blow It entertained when they are not playing.





A typical day...

10.00* Session 1 12.30 Lunch
10.30 Session 2 1.30 Recreation / chamber groups
11.00 Break 3.00 Session 4
11.30 Session 3 4.00 Close for the day

*A crèche facility is available for parents who need to ‘drop off’ before 10am or collect after 4pm.   Crèche places need to be pre-booked. Please email for details

Concert - 1st April, 2.00pm

Please note that, depending on numbers, the concert venue may move to a nearby larger hall.

This concert for family and friends gives the students an opportunity to show off what they have learned. Blow It

What parents said about the 2013 "Bow It" & "Blow It" courses:

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Adult Chamber Weekend

28th - 29th March 2015
Director: Glyn Oxley
Tutor: Laura Holt
For wind, string and brass players of a minimum Grade 6 standard
Location: Barbican House, Barbican Road, Gloucester, GL1 2JF
Non-residential: meals included
Fee: £110

Directed by Glyn Oxley, this is a very popular weekend course designed for wind, string and brass players of Grade 6 - Grade 8 standard.   Adult Chamber Weekend We welcome pre-formed chamber groups.   The emphasis is primarily on small group chamber music, but there will also be an opportunity for ensemble sessions.

This is a very social course and the price includes lunch at a nearby restaurant on Saturday and Sunday plus tea and cake on both afternoons. Adult Chamber 2011











The programme for the weekend is as follows:.  

Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm Welcome followed by session with break for coffee
  1.00 - 2.00pm Lunch at nearby restaurant
  2.00 - 5.00pm Session with break for tea and cake
  5.00pm End
Sunday 10.00am - 1.00pm Session with break for coffee
  1.00 - 2.00pm Lunch at nearby restaurant
  2.00 - 3.30pm Final session
  3.30 - 4.00pm Afternoon tea
  4.00pm Informal concert for family and friends

Adult Chamber 2011

The following are comments on being asked what they enjoyed most about the course in 2013:

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Adult 'Bow It'

28th - 29th March 2015
Director: Glyn Oxley
Tutor: Laura Holt
For string players of Grade 1 - 5 standard
Location: Barbican House, Barbican Road, Gloucester, GL1 2JF
Non-residential: meals included
Fee: £110

Glyn Oxley This new weekend course is for adult string players of Grade 1-5 standard who would like to improve their ensemble playing and technique.   The emphasis will be on fun music-making - but you will be challenged!

This course will run alongside the Adult Chamber Weekend and there will be plenty of opportunity for socialising together.   The price includes lunch at a nearby restaurant on Saturday and Sunday plus tea and cake on both afternoons.





The programme for the weekend is as follows:.  

Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm Welcome followed by session with break for coffee
  1.00 - 2.00pm Lunch at nearby restaurant
  2.00 - 5.00pm Session with break for tea and cake
  5.00pm End
Sunday 10.00am - 1.00pm Session with break for coffee
  1.00 - 2.00pm Lunch at nearby restaurant
  2.00 - 3.30pm Final session
  3.30 - 4.00pm Afternoon tea
  4.00pm Informal concert for family and friends
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Singing Weekend

24th - 26th July 2015
Director: TBA
Accompanist: TBA
Location: Dene Magna School,
Mitcheldean, Glos. GL17 0DU
Residential (camping)
Non-residential option for the very young (under 8)
Fee: £135

Choir Weekend For over 20 years this course has been directed by John Jenkins, one of the country's leading choral directors who is extremely popular with our students and parents.  

The weekend programme provides an opportunity for exploring a wide repertoire together with general musicianship, including an introduction to sight singing.   Most importantly this weekend allows students to enjoy the sheer love of singing in an informal atmosphere.

Our singing weekend has a number of faithful followers who return year after year - and who also come on other courses later in the summer.
Choir Weekend We make sure that there are plenty of opportunities for games, relaxation and socialising during the weekend.   Our highly experienced and very popular welfare team (who have all attended these courses themselves) make it a fun-packed weekend by organising a range of activities for recreation time - eg. team games, craft, treasure hunt, sporting activites in the field.   Camping just adds to the magic!

There is a non-residential option for the very young - please contact the Administrator if you wish to take up this option.   There is no fee reduction.

A typical day...

7.30 Wake Up 1.30 Recreation
8.00 Breakfast 4.00 Afternoon tea
9.00 Session 1 4.30 Session 4
9.45 Session 2 6.00 Dinner
10.30 Break 7.00 Session 5
11.00 Session 3 8.30 Cocoa
12.00 Lunch   After cocoa - fun, informal, optional performances by staff and students

Concert - Sunday 26th July at 2.00pm, finishing with refreshments.

This concert for family and friends gives the students an opportunity to perform the songs they have worked on over the course of the weekend.

Parent feedback from the 2013 Singing Weekend course:

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Adult Early Music

26th July - 1st August 2015
Directed by Philip Thorby
Tutor: David Hatcher
Location: Dene Magna School,
Mitcheldean, Glos. GL17 0DU
Residential - camping, caravanning or B&B
Fee: £425
(Download Application Form)
(Download Printable Course Information)

THE THREE MARYS

This year’s course takes as its theme the three Marys who, in John’s gospel, are at the foot of the cross:   Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary her sister (the wife of Clopas) and Mary Magdalene.

From the Magnificat to the Stabat Mater, the Marys have inspired composers and poets for centuries.   The course will explore settings by 16th and 17th century composers, expressing every emotion from radiant joy to profound despair.

Philip Thorby

This Early Music Course has been running for over 30 years, the last 15 of which have been under the direction of Philip Thorby.   We are pleased that David Hatcher will again tutor alongside Philip.  

Adult Early Music Week Each full day there are 4 tutor-led sessions; for these the tutors will put up a list daily naming the instrumentalists for each piece to be played.   There is ample opportunity in the afternoon and late evening ‘free time’ for musicians to arrange groups amongst themselves to play any instruments they may not be listed to play.   These optional, informal sessions tend to gravitate to a slightly later repertoire.





A level of competence is required from participants.   Voices don't have to be beautiful, but singers need to have some sight-reading fluency; players need to be able to hit the right notes on suitable instruments at the right time!   Adult Early Music Week Appropriate instruments for most of the repertoire are bowed and plucked strings, cornetts, sackbuts and curtals.   Pitch is A440.   As always we will try to be as close as possible to the composer’s orchestration, so not all instruments may be involved at all times.   If you have more than one instrument, or are happy to join the choir for a session or two, you will be kept very busy: if you come as a dedicated sopranino shawm player, less so!   (If in doubt, please feel free to enquire.)   The music used comes mostly from the publications of Beauchamp Press and King’s Music, edited by Alan Lumsden and Clifford Bartlett.

Adult Early Music Week
Though many of those who attend are regulars - and some have been coming on the course since its inception! - new participants are always most welcome.   In 2015 our home will again be Dene Magna School, Mitcheldean, in the heart of the Forest of Dean, approximately 12 miles west of the city of Gloucester.   There are showers and toilet facilities on site and all meals are provided by Jo Smart and her team.   Many course participants camp in the school grounds but, for those seeking greater comfort, there are many local bed and breakfast establishments nearby.   A list is available here.  








YOUNG SINGERS WANTED - Bursaries available!

We are pleased to be able to offer places (with bursary support) to a limited number of young singers.   Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work on solo and small-scale works with continuo and obbligato instruments under the direction of Philip Thorby and David Hatcher, as well as taking leading roles in the choir.   We welcome applications from individual singers, or from preformed ensembles looking for experience and tuition in this repertoire.   Please contact Anne Ingram for more details - earlymusic@gamusic.co.uk or 01452 688592/01989 218432.



Tutors

Philip Thorby is well known as a performer, teacher and conductor of Renaissance and Baroque music.   As a performer he has played recorder, viol and early wind instruments with many of London’s early music ensembles, as well as in premieres of works by composers such as John Tavener, Imogen Holst, David Bedford and Paul McCartney.   He founded and directed the Renaissance ensemble Musica Antiqua of London, which made seven highly acclaimed CDs of sixteenth century music, broadcasts for the BBC and performed concerts in Britain and abroad.   He now plays regularly with Philomel, an ensemble formed by some of his former students, and his new ensemble The Intrepid Academy, as well as continuing as a freelance soloist.   As a teacher, he had a long career directing early music at Trinity College of Music (now TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) in London, of which he is now Emeritus Fellow.   He was recently invited to direct Cambridge choral scholars and professional instrumentalists in a project on Cavalieri’s opera "Il Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo", culminating in staged performances in Trinity College Chapel.   His energetic, passionate and scholarly direction is also much sought-after on playing days and weekends, as well as on courses such as the Easter Early Music Week in Ascot, Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools (where he directs the Renaissance course and co-directs the Baroque one), the Irish Recorder and Viol Course, and in Venice, where he directs two courses a year, with final concerts in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, where both Gabrieli and Monteverdi directed their own music!

David Hatcher was born in Warwick and upon attaining the LTCL diploma two years after taking up music, he went on to study viola da gamba with Charles Medlam and recorder with Philip Thorby at Trinity College of Music, London.   He began his career based in England, touring to America, Israel, France, Germany and the Netherlands.   He has broadcast for both the BBC and independent radio and television.   In 1987 he moved to Japan where he was to remain for the next nine years, taking an active part in that country’s flourishing early music scene.   He has recorded with Evelyn Tubb, The Consort of Musicke, I Fagiolini, Sprezzatura, and the Japanese ensembles Chelys, Ensemble Ecclesia and the Bach Collegium of Japan.   David now lives in Leominster on the Welsh Marches and has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, The Globe Theatre, The Consort of Musicke, Muisca Antiqua of London, The Corelli Orchestra, The Harp Consort, Glyndebourne Opera and many other period orchestras and ensembles.   He regularly teaches on summer schools such as the Cambridge Early Music Summer School, the Easter Early Music Course at Ascot and Sastamala Gregoriana in Finland, and is in demand as a tutor for many weekend and day courses.   Recent projects include performing in Damon Albarn's opera "Dr Dee" and performing and recording I Fagiolini's hugely successful interpretation of Striggio's 40-voice mass.

To download full details of the course, including programme notes, daily timetable, etc., please click here.   For an Early Music Booking Form, please click here.

Adult Early Music Week Feedback from the 2013 course:

National Early Music Association

Here is a link to the National Early Music Association which you may find useful.

Also, one for the North West Early Music Forum, and one for the Welsh Early Music Information site.

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Junior Orchestra Course

2nd - 8th August 2015
Director: TBA
Tutors: TBA
For instrumental players up to Grade 5 standard
Location: Dene Magna School,
Mitcheldean, Glos. GL17 0DU
Residential - camping
Fee: £405

Mini Junior Orchestra Course

From 3rd - 8th August
A non-residential option, mornings only, for beginner strings and those too young to camp.
Fee: £160

Junior Orchestra Week The Junior Orchestra course is a residential week designed specifically to help players up to Grades 5 standard develop their skills in a professional but fun environment.   The emphasis throughout is on quality tuition with an inspirational team of gifted tutors.

During the week, students will develop their sight reading and technique and get lots of opportunities to improve their ensemble playing during chamber music and full orchestral sessions.   Many music teachers comment on how well their students' playing has developed during their summer music week at Beauchamp.
Junior Orchestra Week
Our highly experienced and very popular welfare teams (who have all attended these courses themselves) make it a fun-packed week.   Activities outside music-making time could be bouncy castle, visits to nearby activity centres, swimming, campfire, treasure hunt, obstacle race, mini-Olympics, etc.

Our welfare teams are skilled at dealing with all eventualities, from organising wet weather activities to supporting the very few students who are homesick.   Camping is part of the magic and we have found that some of our younger students, who were initially nervous about staying, did not want to leave at the end of the week!



A testimony to the success of this course is that the majority of our the students return year after year, progressing from Junior Orchestra to Senior Orchestra and Advanced Strings/Jazz courses.




A typical day...

7.30 Wake Up 1.30 Recreation / Excursion
8.00 Breakfast 4.00 Afternoon Tea
9.00 Session 1 4.30 Session 4
9.45 Session 2 6.00 Dinner
10.30 Break 7.00 Session 5
11.00 Session 3 8.30 Cocoa
12.30 Lunch   After cocoa - fun, informal, optional performances by staff and students

Sessions include:  warm-up / chamber groups / orchestra / sectionals (each instrument or group of instruments separately)


Mini Junior Orchestra Course
We offer beginner strings and very young students (under 8) the non-residential option of joining the course for the morning sessions and lunch (Monday - Saturday) and taking part in the Saturday concert.

Concerts

Concerts for family and friends are held at the end of each week, a chance for our students to show off what they have learned.

Feedback from parents about the 2013 Junior Orchestra week:

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Senior Orchestra Course

9th - 15th August 2015
Director: TBA
Tutors: TBA
For instrumental players of Grade 5+ standard

Location: Dene Magna School,
Mitcheldean, Glos. GL17 0DU
Residential - camping
Fee: £405
(Course Joining Instructions)

This is a very popular residential week designed for string, wind and brass players of Grade 5 standard and above.   Like all our summer music weeks, the emphasis is on quality tuition with an inspirational and gifted teaching team.   This is a fantastic opportunity for young musicians to work closely with professional musicians.   The tutors always put together a varied, stimulating and often demanding musical programme for the students, taking into account the playing standard of the students and the instruments they will be playing.   During the week, as well as playing in an orchestra, students will take part in sessions to enhance their sight-reading and technique as well as small ensemble playing through chamber music.

Senior Orchestra    Senior Orchestra

We make sure that there are plenty of opportunities for relaxation and socialising.   One of the features of our courses is the life-long friendships that our students form with other young musicians from across the country and Europe.   Senior Orchestra Week We are also especially proud of how first timers to our courses feel really at home after only a couple of hours.   Our highly experienced and very popular welfare team (who have all attended these courses themselves when younger) make it a fun-packed week, organising a range of activities and trips.   Camping is a bonus!

A testimony to the success of these courses is that the majority or our students return year after year.

A typical day...

7.30 Wake Up 1.30 Recreation / Excursion
8.00 Breakfast 4.00 Afternoon tea
9.00 Session 1 4.30 Session 4
9.45 Session 2 6.00 Dinner
10.30 Break 7.00 Session 5
11.00 Session 3 9.00 Cocoa!
12.30 Lunch   After cocoa - fun performances by staff and students

Sessions include: warm-up / chamber groups / orchestra / sectionals (each instrument or group of instruments separately).

Senior Orchestra Week

Concerts

Concerts for family and friends are held at the end of each week, giving our students chance to show off what they have learned.

Senior Orchestra Week

Sound Files

The following extracts were recorded during the 2011 Senior Orchestra course by Damian Kenny:

Tango in Congo - Joris Diels

Arabesque - Jacob de Haan

Ballet from the Petite Suite - Claude Debussy arr David Stone

Feedback from parents and students about the 2013 Senior Orchestra week:

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Advanced Strings Course

16th - 22nd August 2015
Directed by TBA
For string players of Grade 7+ standard
Location: Dene Magna School,
Mitcheldean, Glos. GL17 0DU
Residential - camping
Fee £405
(Course Joining Instructions)

Advanced Strings 2008 This residential week is specifically designed for string players of grade 7 and above.   This is a fantastic opportunity for young musicians to be coached in technique and ensemble playing by members of a leading professional quartet.   The tutors put together a varied, stimulating and often demanding musical programme for the students and a very high level of performance is achieved.   The chamber music sessions always prove to be a particular favourite with students.

We make sure that there are plenty of opportunities for relaxation and socialising.   One of the features of our courses is the life long friendships that our students form with other young musicians from across the country and Europe.   We are also especially proud of how first timers to our courses feel really at home after only a couple of hours.   Our highly experienced and very popular welfare team (who have all attended these courses themselves in the past) make the week a fun packed event, organising a range of activities and trips.   Camping is the icing on the cake! Advanced Strings 2007

A testimony to the success of these courses is that the majority of our students return year after year; two students on the Advanced course in 2011 celebrated their decade of attendance!




A typical day...

7.30 Wake Up 1.30 Recreation / Excursion
8.00 Breakfast 4.00 Tea
9.00 Session 1 4.30 Session 4
9.45 Session 2 6.00 Dinner
10.30 Break 7.00 Session 5
11.00 Session 3 9.00 Cocoa!
12.30 Lunch   After cocoa - fun performances by staff and students

Sessions include: warm-up / chamber groups / orchestra / sectionals (each instrument or group of instruments separately).

Concerts

Concerts for family and friends are held at the end of each week, giving our students a chance to show off what they have learned.

Feedback from students and parents about the 2013 Advanced Strings week:

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Grade 5 Theory Course

16th - 22nd August 2015
Director: TBA
Tutor: TBA
Location: Dene Magna School,
Mitcheldean, Glos. GL17 0DU
Residential - camping
Fee: £405
(Course Joining Instructions)

This course proves popular every year with students who are keen to achieve Grade 5 theory so that they can progress with their practical music examinations.   Our experienced tutors have an excellent reputation for being able to coach students with little knowledge of theory to a standard where they are able to take - and pass - their Grade 5 Theory examination.   Even those students who come to us with no background in music theory will make significant progress towards passing their Grade 5 Theory during the week.   Students are helped to make the connection between 'theory', aural and practical music-making, all done in a stimulating and fun way.   It is a very practical course so students will need their instruments for all kinds of music-making during the week.

We make sure that are plenty of opportunities for relaxation and socialising.   We are especially proud of how first timers to our courses feel really at home after only a couple of hours.   Our highly experienced and very popular welfare team (who have all attended these courses themselves) make it a fun packed week, organising a range of activities and trips e.g. mini-Olympics, treasure hunt, quiz, outdoor adventure centre, bouncy castle.   Camping is all part of the fun!


Some students who come to us for the theory week come back the following year for our orchestral, Advanced Strings or Jazz courses.

A typical day...

7.30 Wake Up 1.30 Recreation / Excursion
8.00 Breakfast 4.00 Afternoon tea
9.00 Session 1 4.30 Session 3
10.30 Break 6.00 Dinner
11.00 Session 2 7.00 Session 4
12.30 Lunch 9.00 Cocoa & 'After cocoa' - fun performances by staff and students

Concert - Saturday 22nd August 1.30pm.

All family and friends welcome.   Students will demonstrate in practice what they have learnt and also play their own compositions within the context of the full ensemble.

(This concert is followed by that of the Advanced Strings course to which all are invited.)

Feedback from students and parents about the 2013 Grade 5 Theory week:

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Jazz Week

23rd - 29th August 2015
Director: TBA
Tutors: TBA
Location: Dene Magna School,
Mitcheldean, Glos. GL17 0DU
Residential - camping
Fee: £405
(Course Joining Instructions)

This popular residential week provides an opportunity for musicians to explore a whole range of jazz genres, styles and techniques (including ensemble, improvisation, and listening skills).

Jazz Week This 'busy and concentrated' week has students benefiting from small groups, playing as part of a big band and a whole range of specialist sessions.   Other interests catered for during the week in previous years have included composing, transcription skills / playing transcriptions, jazz chorus singing, sound recording, funk jazz, blues, New Orleans jazz, free jazz, jazz listening and history as well as percussion workshops (African / South American drumming).   Every year the tutors also showcase one session as a tutor concert - a la jazz club style.

Jazz Week The course is suitable for any musician of minimum Grade 3 standard (must have the ability to read music notation confidently).   Although it is predominantly for students who play wind, brass and rhythm section instruments, there are spaces available for string players and vocalists so it is best to apply early to avoid disappointment!   Singers typically get a three-day programme on the course with sessions ranging from solo / big band singing skills, vocal techniques, interpretation, improvising, scat singing and working with accompanists / small groups as well as microphone techniques.

There is plenty of opportunity for relaxing and socialising through participation in fun and crazy events and activities organised by our highly acclaimed welfare team (who have all attended these courses themselves)..... and the camping is very popular!   A testimony to the success of these courses is that the majority of our students return year after year, some also attend other Beauchamp courses during the summer.


A typical day...

7.30 Wake Up 1.30 Recreation / Excursion
8.00 Breakfast 4.00 Afternoon Tea
9.00 Tutor-led session 4.30 Big Band
10.30 Break 6.00 Dinner
11.00 Tutor / Free choice session 7.00 Rhythm / Harmony /
Improvisation sessions
12.30 Lunch 8.30 Cocoa!
      After cocoa - fun performances by staff and students

If you are keen on jazz, then you might like to visit the following websites:

www.cheltenhamjazzarts.co.uk
www.secondwind.co.uk
www.jazzshed.co.uk/Jazz_Shed

Concert - Saturday 29th August 1.30pm, followed by refreshments.

This concert for family and friends is a fitting end to the week, giving the students an opportunity to demonstrate what they have been doing during the week.

Jazz Week                 Jazz Week

Feedback comments from parents and students about the 2013 Jazz week:

Jazz Week


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