5210402 Young Musicians' Week
Tutor: Jane Stevens
Location: Uppingham School
Young Musicians Week, one of the best holiday courses in Britain for young musicians, will again offer 7 - 18 year olds the opportunity to participate in a week of music-making, music education and fun with like-minded young people. Students will enjoy the benefit of being able to use the school’s Paul David Music School, as well as the many other specialist musical venues and facilities available. Course Director Jane Stevens (Assistant Director of Music at Uppingham School) will be supported by a team of top rate professional music educationalists assisted by young musical assistants - all hand-selected not only because of their musical ability but also their teaching ability and their commitment to nurturing young musicians. The number of both students and staff who return year after year speaks volumes for the fun and progress that is made each year.
We aim to give young musicians confidence by introducing them to a varied repertoire. Each individual musician will be assessed and placed in appropriate groups and ensembles, from quartets to bands, trios to full orchestra so they find their week challenging, stimulating and individually tailored to their own performance level.
Each group will perform in front of an audience of family and friends in a number of concerts over the week, including the gala end of course concert on Friday afternoon.
A number of subsidised places are available on this course. Please see the Windmill House Trust page for details and qualifying criteria.
What do they do each day?
Five days of focused fun, playing a variety of music with similarly minded young musicians, gives students more consolidated experience than most young musicians have in a term of music at school. rehearsals will be rewarding, challenging and enhanced by coaches who, like our students, enjoy making music during their holidays. working with a sectional instrumental coach and a conductor will give students the individual tuition and confidence to assist their enjoyment of music; this musically supportive and inspirational environment helps students progress quickly and enjoyably.
Each day is divided into a number of complementary sessions rehearsing in several groups in different locations around the school. it is a demanding timetable, so the leisure activities, where they have the chance to let off a bit of steam on the tennis court, football pitch, swimming pool etc, are an important part of the course.
Each child will be provided with music and will take part in a number of groups such as:
- chamber or string orchestra
- concert band
- course symphony orchestra
- duos, trios quartets etc of the same or mixed instruments
How are they allocated to groups?
All students will be allocated to one of two main groups for the week. this will group together musicians of similar standards, ages and experience to enable a tailored programme to be provided to ensure each student gains the maximum possible value and progress from his or her week. although the programmes for both groups will be very similar, there will be slightly more emphasis on music education for the less experienced group and a greater focus on instrumental performance for the higher-grade musicians.
Course Specific Items to Bring to Uppingham
Please ensure all clothing, instruments, cases, music stand and all other equipment are CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE STUDENT'S NAME
- Instrument (with protective case if applicable)
- Spare reeds/strings and spike holders for cellos/double basses
- Music stand
- Music (Grades 1-4) - please bring any solo music you have been working on plus piano part as appropriate
- Notebook and pencil
- Concert Dress: Boys - white shirt, dark tie/school tie, black trousers, black socks and black or dark shoe
- Concert Dress: Girls - white blouse, black trousers or skirt, black or dark shoes
- Clothing - daytime clothing should be comfortable and casual
- Packed lunch for non-residential students
- Non-Residential Students
8.45am - 9.00am daily in the Memorial Hall. Collection will be at approx. 5.00pm in the same place on Monday and Tuesday and following the concert on other days.
- Residential Students
Between 6.30pm - 7.30pm on Sunday 23 July at the boarding house in which your child is staying. These arrangements will be confirmed nearer the time. A light supper of sandwiches and cakes will be served on Sunday evening. Please notify us of any special dietary requirements using the Parental Consent Form.
- On both Wednesday and Thursday at 5.00pm there will be short concert in the Memorial Hall (Chamber music and wind) and the Old School Room (strings and small ensembles) - all students will be involved in these and are expected to attend both concerts. Parents and friends are welcome to come along to these concerts; each of which will last about an hour.
- End of Course Concert on Friday starting at 5.00pm (concert dress required for this as above) - this will last for just under 2 hours.
- Friends and relatives are invited to stay for a Hog Roast which takes place immediately after the Friday concert. Please note that tickets for this must be ordered in advance. Residential students will automatically be allocated a ticket for this which is free of charge.