In 2021 participants were able to choose from a variety of performance-based, skills-building and mind-expanding workshop strands, guided by incredible musicians from Trinity Laban and beyond.
Young musicians could choose from three Performance workshop options, and work towards being part of an exciting final performance. They experienced the thrill of being part of an orchestra, band or creative ensemble.
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. Young musicians met new friends and worked together with them to develop their listening and ensemble playing skills. This specially-formed ‘orchestra’ like none other explored music from a variety of genres, collaborated with other musicians at the Summer School, and even got involved in creating some of its own arrangements.
Project Orchestra 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 needed to be a confident sight-reader, and up for the challenge of being part of a unique mix of different instruments.
Young musicians discovered different approaches to writing music and improvisation to create their own music from scratch in a hands-on way. This option was ideal for anyone who was interested in creating music collaboratively with other musicians, and you didn’t need to be able to read music to join in. You just needed to be able to play any instrument (including voice and music tech), be open to collaborating as part of a group, and have an adventurous spirit!
Young musicians explored what it’s like to play in a band, working with other like-minded musicians to create something new. Together they wrote and rehearsed 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 was aimed at singers, instrumentalists and song-writers keen to expand their horizons as performers.
You could then challenge yourself with new skills and broaden your all-round musicianship. Young musicians had the chance to try out something different, get hands-on with a range of styles, techniques and approaches, and have lots of fun!
Develop your improvisation skills and experience the rush of making music in the moment. In these hands-on sessions, we explored the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic foundations of jazz to help find our own voice while jamming as part of a group. Whether you’ve played lots of jazz or are just curious to find out more, this workshop was suitable for all adventurous musicians, whatever their instrument.
Writing Music for Film
Get your creative ideas flowing for writing for the big screen, with hints and tips to bring your music to life from one of the UK’s leading film composers. Young musicians learnt how to use Logic Pro to create their score using samples, record instruments in the studio, and synchronise their music to film clips. To choose this option, you just needed 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 was for you!
What are the ingredients of a brilliant song? These workshops shone a light on the different elements of songs and inspired you to write your own. Young musicians benefited from professional advice and support to help them turn their songs into something that draws people in and keeps them coming back for more.
Music Technology & Sound Design
What is music? Who gets to decide what a musical instrument is or what constitutes performance? In these workshops, you got to explore composition, art and performance through making musical instruments, code and electronics. Young musicians joined award-winning artist and composer Gawain Hewitt for an exploration in making and sound.
Develop your vocal potential, building your confidence, self-awareness and all-round musicianship along the way. Guided by a leading UK vocal artist, you did lots of singing as part of a supportive and collaborative group, and focused in on song interpretation, performance and stagecraft. You needed to be confident and excited about singing in front of others: whether your background was pop, jazz, musical theatre or classical, or if you were just starting to explore singing your own material or covers, you could come and find your voice in this workshop!
Loops, Layers & Arranging
Explore looping stations with your instrument, voice or anything that makes a noise! Looping is the art of seamlessly recording small sections of music and organising them to create whole arrangements. Looping stations are brilliant for creating repetitive music, but they can also be used to create longer pieces of music with multiple sections – that’s what we explored in these workshops. Using instruments, vocals and samples, you learnt how to improvise, arrange and perform your own music using looping stations.