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Holiday Music Courses
2016 Programme

Easter 'Bow It'

4th - 6th April 2016
Director: Glyn Oxley
Tutors: Hannah Green, Abbie Adiri
For string players from beginner to Grade 4/5 standard
Location: Barbican House, Barbican Road, Gloucester, GL1 2JF
Non-residential
Fee: £124

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 - 6th April at 2.00pm

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

What does a GAM course mean to our Bow It parents & students?

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Easter 'Blow It'

4th - 6th April 2016
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 £124

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 - 6th April, 2.00pm

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

What does a GAM course mean to our Blow It parents & students?







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Adult Chamber Weekend

8th - 10th April 2016
Director: Glyn Oxley
Tutor: TBA
For wind, string and brass players of a minimum Grade 6 standard
Location: Barbican House, Barbican Road, Gloucester, GL1 2JF
Non-residential
Friday ‘Tea’, Saturday & Sunday Lunch plus Afternoon Tea & Cake included
Fee: £169

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 Tea on Friday evening and 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:.  

Friday 6.00 - 9.00pm Welcome followed by session with break for Tea
Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm 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 previous courses:

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Adult 'Bow It'

8th - 10th April 2016
Director: Glyn Oxley
For string players of Grade 1 - 5 standard
Location: Barbican House, Barbican Road, Gloucester, GL1 2JF
Non-residential: meals included
Fee: £169

Glyn Oxley This 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 Tea on Friday evening and lunch at a nearby restaurant on Saturday and Sunday plus tea and cake on both afternoons.

The programme for the weekend is as follows:.  

Friday 6.00 - 9.00pm Welcome followed by session with break for Tea
Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm 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

What do our adult Bow It Students enjoy most about the course?

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Sing It

25th - 27th July 2016
Director: John Jenkins
Accompanist: TBA
Location: Barbican House, Barbican Road, Gloucester, GL1 2JF
Non-residential
Fee: £124

The Sing It course is directed by John Jenkins, one of the country's leading choral directors who is extremely popular with our students and parents.  

The three day 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.

Choir Weekend Our highly experienced and very popular welfare team (who have all attended these courses themselves) look after the students when not singing and help make it a fun-packed three days.










Typical Daily Timetable

10.00am Warm Up
10.30am Session 1
11.15am Break
11.30am Session 2
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Session 3
2.00pm Recreation
3.00pm Session 4
4.00pm Finish

Students should arrive by 9am on the first day and for 9.30am on the second and third days.   Collection time is 4pm each day.

Concert - Wednesday 27th 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 three days.

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Early Music (Adults)

23rd - 29th July 2017
Directed by Philip Thorby
Tutor: David Hatcher
Please note these are now the 2017 dates.
Further details of the 2017 course will be available soon.


Location: TBA
Residential - camping, caravanning or B&B
Fee: £TBA

Full course details for 2017 coming soon!

This year we invite you to celebrate Christmas - in July!   A veritable feast of music from Advent to Epiphany, by composers from all over Europe.   From Palestrina to Praetorius, Byrd to Bassano; from extravagant settings of Lutheran chorales to motets based on Gregorian chant; from the contemplative to the joyous; from the highest of art-music to the irresistible simplicity of strophic hymns, we will explore all aspects of Christmas in the music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.   One of the works studied will be the "Historia der Geburt Iesu Christ", the great telling of the Christmas story by Heinrich Schutz, with its musical depictions of shepherds, angels, kings and high-priests as vivid as any painting.   The course will end with a "Banchetto Musicale" - Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, punctuated by Christmas songs and instrumental music, and followed by more informal music-making.   The only thing missing - we hope- will be the weather!

Philip Thorby

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

We have a wonderful new venue this year - The Wilderness Centre - a 30-acre private estate atop Plump Hill with stunning far-reaching views over the Forest of Dean and down to the winding River Severn, situated approximately 12 miles west of the city of Gloucester. (www.wilderness-centre.co.uk)

Early Music Week Each full day there are 4 tutor-led sessions (2 in the morning, one late afternoon, one after dinner); 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 early 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 and to be in control of their voices; players need to comfortably hold their part and be able to hit the right notes on suitable instruments at the right time!   Early Music Week Appropriate instruments for most of the repertoire are cornetts, sackbuts, curtails, recorders, baroque strings, viols, continuo instruments.   Pitch is A440.   As always we try to remain 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.)  

Early Music Week
Though many who attend are regulars - and some have been coming on the course since its inception! - new participants are always most welcome.   Our excellent and friendly catering staff provides all meals - breakfast, coffee, a substantial lunch buffet, afternoon tea and 3-course dinner.

Many course participants camp/caravan in the grounds and there are good shower and toilet facilities.   In this new venue we are pleased to be able to offer some accommodation on site.   There are 8 available bedrooms offered on a first-come-first-served basis at £150 for single occupancy, £90 shared.   Please email for more information and availability.   For those seeking greater comfort, there are local bed and breakfast establishments nearby - a list is available here.  


Daily programme:

8.15 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 - 11.00 a.m. Session 1
11.00 a.m. Coffee break
11.15 a.m. - 12.45 p.m. Session 2
1.00 p.m. Lunch
4.00 p.m. Tea
4.30 - 6.00 p.m. Session 3
6.30 p.m. Dinner
7.30 - 9.30 p.m. Session 4

To download the course leaflet please click here:   for a Booking Form, please click here.   For further information or queries please contact Anne Ingram by email at or phone 01989 218432 / 01452 668592.

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.

Early Music Week

Feedback from the 2015 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

21st - 27th August 2016
Director: Glyn Oxley
Tutors: Hannah Green, Kathelyne Van Bouwel, Kate Allott
For instrumental players up to Grade 5 standard
Location: The Wilderness Centre,
Mitcheldean, Glos. GL17 0HA
Residential - camping
Fee £410
Residential - dormitory accommodation
Fee £410 plus £60 supplement

Mini Junior Orchestra Course

From 22nd - 27th August
A non-residential option, mornings only, for beginner strings and those too young to camp.
Fee: £165

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.

What does a GAM course mean to our Junior Orchestra parents & students?

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Senior Orchestra Course

14th - 20th August 2016
Director: Steve McDade
Tutors: Rob Jones, Juliet Tomlinson, Wes Duggan
For instrumental players of Grade 5+ standard

Location: The Wilderness Centre,
Mitcheldean, Glos. GL17 0HA
Residential - camping
Fee £410
Residential - dormitory accommodation
Fee £410 plus £60 supplement

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

What does a GAM course mean to our Senior Orchestra parents & students?

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Grade 5 Theory Course

14th - 20th August 2016
Director: Pauline Jones
Location: The Wilderness Centre,
Mitcheldean, Glos. GL17 0HA
Residential - camping
Fee £410
Residential - dormitory accommodation
Fee £410 plus £60 supplement

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 20th 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.)

What does a GAM course mean to our Grade 5 Theory course parents & students?

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