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Holiday Music Courses 2016

Our Holiday Music Courses have now been running for over 30 years; they provide a unique experience to all who come on them GAM Holiday Courses

We believe that what makes our courses unique is our combination of

Comments from parents after recent courses:

Although we look forward to seeing the large number of our students who return year after year because they've enjoyed themselves so much and because of the friends they have made, we delight in welcoming newcomers who are quickly made to feel at home.

Each Course offers a full programme of music sessions mixed with some time for fun and relaxation.   On all of our student courses, a dedicated Welfare Team look after the students when they are not in music sessions.

The Easter courses and the 'Sing It' course are non-residential and are offered from our music centre in Gloucester.   Students bring a packed lunch and are kept busy with orchestral and chamber music at Easter with exploration of singing skills and musicianship on the 'Sing It' course.

For the summer residential courses students opt either to camp in the beautiful grounds of The Wilderness Centre or choose dormitory accommodation (supplement applies).   All meals are provided in the Dining Hall at the Wilderness Centre and the students have sole use of the Centre's facilities.

GAM Holiday Courses Please browse around the site to see what we have to offer.   A summary of this year's course programme, including fees, can be seen in the table below and full details of all the courses can be found here, including what our students and parents have said about previous courses.


Meet our tutors here and our welfare staff here.   All teachers and welfare staff hold a current CRB or DBS clearance.   For details of our Child Protection Policy please click here,

How To Book:
You may book by downloading and completing the Booking Form and returning it with a £50 deposit to the address below (this deposit acts as a cancellation fee).   Cheques should be made payable to Gloucester Academy of Music.   If you prefer to make payment by bank transfer please email for details.   Upon receipt of your application and deposit, you will receive an email confirmation of your booking.   Please use a separate form for each course booked.

Discounts:
Details of our many attractive discounts can be found here - simply click on the "Discount Details" panel below to show the information.

Discount Details (click here)

*** DISCOUNTS ***

  • 10% discount on any subsequent course(s) booked by the same student in 2016

  • 5% discount off total bill for families who have more than one child doing courses in 2016.

*** INTRODUCE A FRIEND DISCOUNT ***

For any student who has attended a course in the past and is coming again in 2016 -

  • 10% discount if you Introduce 1 Friend
  • 20% discount if you Introduce 2 Friends

The above discounts can be cumulative up to a maximum of 35%.

*** PAY BY STANDING ORDER ***

To spread the cost you may set up a Standing Order but booking must be made with a deposit of £50 and the final payment must be made by 30th June 2016.   Please contact the Courses Administrator at the email address below if you wish to take up this option.


Bursaries Available:
We offer Bursaries to help with the costs of a Gloucester Academy of Music Holiday Course.   Although financial circumstances are taken into consideration, all applications are considered on an individual basis also taking into account the student's aptitude for music making.   Please view the Bursary application form here or email for more details.

A couple of months before the course is due to start you will be sent an invoice for the remaining payment, a Health Form to complete on behalf of each student and a set of Joining Instructions.   These Joining Instructions include a list of what to bring, when to arrive, emergency contact details, etc. - and are also be posted on the website.   We do not provide tents and camping equipment.

All commuunication is by email unless you ask to receive everything by post at the time of booking.

GAM Holdiay Courses

If you have any questions or require more information or help, please contact the Courses Administrator -

by email at

by telephone on 01452 668592
(answerphone, but we always ring you back)

or write to:
Gloucester Academy of Music
Barbican House
Barbican Road
Gloucester
GL1 2JF



Course Programme Summary
April 4-6   'Bow It'
Directed by Glyn Oxley
For string players from beginner to Grade 4/5 standard
Location: Barbican House, Gloucester
Non-residential
Fee: £124

  'Blow It'
Directed by Wes Duggan
For wind and brass players from beginner to Grade 4/5 standard
Location: Barbican House, Gloucester
Non-residential
Fee: £124
April 8-10   Adult Chamber Weekend
For wind, string and brass players of grade 6+ standard
Directed by Glyn Oxley
Meals included
Location: Barbican House, Gloucester
Non-residential
Fee £169

  Adult 'Bow It'
For string players of grade 1-5 standard
Directed by Glyn Oxley
Meals included
Location: Barbican House, Gloucester
Non-residential
Fee £169
July 25-27   'Sing It'
Directed by John Jenkins
For girls and boys with unbroken voices
Location: Barbican House, Gloucester
Non-residential
Fee: £124
July 23-29
Early Music (Adults)
Directed by Philip Thorby

Please note these are now the 2017 dates.
Further details of the course will be available soon.


Location: TBA
Residential - camping, caravaning - or local B&B
Fee: £TBA
August 21-27   Junior Orchestra / Mini Junior Orchestra
Directed by Glyn Oxley
For instrumental players from beginner to Grade 4/5 standard
Location: The Wilderness Centre,
Mitcheldean, Glos. GL17 0HA
Residential - camping
Fee £410
Residential - dormitory accommodation
Fee £410 plus £60 supplement
Mini Junior Orchestra
From 22nd August
A non-residential option for beginner strings and the very young; mornings only and concert
Fee: £165
August 14-20   Senior Orchestra
Directed by Steve McDade
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
August 14-20   Grade 5 Theory
Directed by Pauline Jones
Make rapid progress in theory - a very practical course.
Location: The Wilderness Centre,
Mitcheldean, Glos. GL17 0HA
Residential - camping
Fee £410
Residential - dormitory accommodation
Fee £410 plus £60 supplement

-- Booking Form --
Download a 2016 courses booking form here.
Booking Form Booking Form
Also an adult-specifc version of the form here.
Booking Form Adult Form


-- Early Music (Adults) --
-- Booking Form --
Download a 2016 Early Music course booking form here.
EM Booking Form Booking Form


-- Health Form --
You can download a health declaration form from here.
Health Form Adult Health Form
Health Form Student Health Form


-- Local B&B List --
Need to stay over-night in the area?   A list of local B&B establishments is available here.
B&B List B&B List