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Major Workshop Descriptions

Choose from one of four workshop groups as the main focus of your summer school timetable. Experience the thrill of being part of an orchestra, band or creative ensemble, and work towards being part of a final performance. Alternately, transform your ideas into music for film, and see the results on the big screen.

Project Orchestra

There is nothing quite like playing in an orchestra. So many people, so many parts, all playing together to create one beautiful sound with soaring melodies and beautiful harmonies. You’ll meet new friends and work together with them to develop your listening and ensemble playing skills. The orchestra will get to grips with music from a variety of genres- including music generated from other ensembles on the summer school! This is ideal if you already play in a musical ensemble or if you have always wanted to give it a go but haven’t felt quite ready yet. For this option, you will need to be a confident sight-reader, and up for the challenge of being part of a unique mix of different instruments.

Creative Ensemble

Aimed at adventurous musicians and music technologists interested in creating and performing your own music as part of a group. In this workshop you will explore different composition techniques and improvisation in a practical, hands-on way, to create your own music from scratch! This strand is ideal for anyone who is interesting in creating music in a collaborative way and you don’t need to be able to read music to join in. You just need to play any instrument, be enthusiastic and willing to share your ideas!


Explore what it’s like to play in a band, working with other like-minded musicians to create something new. Together you will write and rehearse a shared piece of music, each person bringing their own individual spice into the mix. Led by one of the UK’s most interesting genre-bending contemporary artists, this workshop is aimed at singers, instrumentalists and song-writers keen to expand their horizons as performers.

Writing music for film

Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner… the composer of the 21st century would surely have made his or her name by writing for film. Get your creative ideas flowing for writing for the big screen, and learn some hints and tips for making your music come to life from one of the UK’s leading film composers. Learn how to use Logic Pro to create your score using samples, and record real instruments in the studio. Your music will be synchronised to short film clips to show at the end of the project. To do this strand you just need a good imagination - so whether you're an experienced composer, or just starting out and keen to have a go at creating your own film score, this option is for you! 


Minor Workshop Descriptions

Challenge yourself with new skills and broaden your all-round musicianship. Try out something different, get hands-on with a range of styles, techniques and approaches, and have lots of fun!


Exploring looping pedals and looping stations with your instrument, voice or anything that makes a noise! Looping is the art of seamlessly recording small sections of music and arranging them to create whole arrangements. Arrangements can be used to produce songs, instrumental pieces or soundscapes. Participants will use instruments, vocals and samples, to learn how to improvise, create and arrange music with a loop station as part of a group.


How does a song cast its spell? What are the magical ingredients - the X, Y and Z factors? How do you draw the listener in, hold them, move them, thrill them? We'll be exploring these questions and more as we generate words and music, shining a bright light on all the elements of a song, bringing structure, feel and style into focus and all the time remaining true to you. And before all that we'll make sure we have a solid sense of the A, B and C factors! 


Bish Bash Bosh - All things Percussion!

From Drum Kit to Marimba, Body Percussion to Tambourine, the vast array of instruments you can play as a percussionist is endless!  All things Percussion will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in exploring new rhythms, sounds and techniques. This strand is suitable for musicians who play any percussion instrument and others keen to take their rhythmic skills to the next level.

Music technology & sound design

What is music? Who gets to decide what a musical instrument is or what constitutes performance? In these workshops you will get to explore composition, art and performance through making musical instruments, code and electronics and experimentation with sound. Join award winning artist and composer Gawain Hewitt for an exploration in making and sound. 

Jazz improvising

Develop your improvisation skills, and experience the rush of making music in the moment. In these hands-on sessions, jamming as part of a group, explore the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic foundations of jazz to help find your own voice. Whether you’ve played lots of jazz or are just curious to find out more, this workshop is suitable for all adventurous musicians, whatever your instrument.


Explore singing and the many possibilities it presents, whilst building musicianship and self-confidence skills and having a lot of fun! There will be elements of improvisation and creating music, as well as a lot of singing without sheet music. Aimed at anyone with a voice, with “non-singers” extremely welcome too.


The Taster Session

This one-off session will also be a part of your summer school timetable, with a range of options to choose from which will be confirmed once we know who the participants are. From instrumental techniques to an introduction to beatboxing, keep checking the website for regular updates!