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Young Musicians’ Summer Sessions 2020

Virtual Orchestra

Participants were able to lend their unique sound to create something big as part of a virtual orchestra, culminating in producing a music video with artist Ayanna Witter – Johnson. They met new friends online and worked together to create a sensational track for the online world to enjoy. They also developed their listening, playing and recording skills alongside a team of professional musicians who were with them every step of the way.

Music Technology & Sound Design

With the only way to listen to, share and make music together being online, there had never been a more fruitful time for creative musicians to explore the possibilities of music technology and sound design. Participants went on a journey to find completely new ways to create, manipulate and combine sounds, and make art using technology. And they discovered how much you can do with both freely-sourced software and sounds from around the house and beyond!

Writing Music for Film

Films often come with an amazing soundtrack; think Harry Potter or Star Wars. The music accentuates the drama and excitement of the story, taking it to a whole new level. Participants got their creative ideas flowing by creating their very own film soundtrack, and writing music that was recorded by Trinity Laban musicians. By the end of the project they had made a film clip with their own music synchronised to it. Whether you were an experienced composer, or just starting out and keen to have a go at creating your own film score, this option was for you! Some experience of, and access to, music sequencing software – such as Garage Band, Audacity or Logic – was advised, but not essential.

Songwriting

Songwriters take inspiration from the most unlikely places, but real-life events and challenges are often a strong starting point. There had never been a better time to work on your song-writing skills to express yourself and your own unique style. Participants were able to get 1-to-1 professional advice, support, and new ideas to help turn their songs into something that draws people in and keeps them coming back for more.

Young Musicians’ Summer School 2019

In 2019, young musicians were able to choose from the following four workshops as the main focus of their Summer School timetable.

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. Participants were able to meet new friends and work together to develop their listening and ensemble playing skills. The orchestra got to grips with music from a variety of genres – including music generated from other ensembles on the summer school!

Creative Ensemble

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

Band

Have you always wanted to play in a band but weren’t sure how to get started? Participants were able to work alongside other singers and like-minded instrumentalists, to put the essential musical layers together and create their own distinct sound.

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. Participants were able to get their creative ideas flowing for writing for the big screen, and learn some hints and tips for making their music come to life from one of the UK’s leading film composers. They learnt how to use Logic Pro to create their score using samples, and record real instruments in the studio. Their music was then synchronised to short film clips to show at the end of the project. This strand was aimed at all those interested in creating their own music, whether experienced at composing, or just starting out and keen to have a go at creating their own film score.