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Who is the String Orchestra Summer School aimed at?

The Summer School is primarily aimed at emerging Classical violin, viola, cello and double bass players who are interested in studying music in further or higher education.

How old do you have to be to take part in the String Orchestra Summer School?

This course is for young musicians aged 16 and above.

There is no upper age limit for participants, but you should be considering further or higher education in music. Typically, this would be 16 – 18 for those pre-Higher Education, or 18 – 21 for those considering Postgraduate study. However, we welcome all musicians who are interested in beginning music education.

What standard or experience of performance do I need to take part?

The general guideline is Grade 7-8 and above, or equivalent.

When will I find out if my application has been successful?

We are receiving applications until Spring 2021 and aim to notify successful applicants soon after.

Can I get feedback on my audition?

Unfortunately, due to volume of applications, we are unable to provide individual feedback to applicants.

How will we ensure a fair and equal audition process?

The audition process is in place to ensure you are at an appropriate level and will benefit from the Summer School. We do not conduct ‘blind auditions’ but work consciously to ensure that there is equal opportunity for applicants of all backgrounds. If you have requirements related to a disability, health condition or other circumstances that are not met by our audition process, you should get in touch to discuss how we can make adjustments.

Is there an application fee?

No, the String Orchestra Summer School is free to apply.

What is included in the fee?

The £700 full rate and £550 discount rate are the course fees that cover all teaching, workshops, masterclasses and activities (including concert ticket, details to be confirmed closer to the time). Fees do not include travel or refreshments.

Is the Summer School open to international participants?

Yes! We welcome young musicians from across the globe. Classes and tuition will be given in English and there are no formal language requirements, but you should have a good command of spoken English. Unfortunately, we cannot provide translators.

How many people will be on the course?

We aim to offer around 30 places total. The week will be made up of full group sessions, smaller workshops and individual tuition.

Do you provide accommodation?

Trinity Laban does not provide accommodation.

How do I pay for the Summer School?

Applicants who are successful in the application and audition stage will be sent a link to our online shop to pay for the course upon notification of acceptance. Please note that any fees paid are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by Trinity Laban.

When will I find out the details of the timetable?

We aim to confirm the exact content of each day after the application process. You will receive a participant information pack with all the details of the week after we confirm your place.

Is lunch or dinner provided for participants?

No, food and drink are not included in the course fees. There are a wide range of shops and restaurants in the local area and a café onsite in King Charles Court. Participants are welcome to bring their own food into buildings.

How will we supervise and ensure the safety of participants?

We will have a designated Pastoral Manager on site as well as Trinity Laban staff supporting the tutors in sessions and across transitions and breaks. Members of the public are never allowed to enter the building without prior permission. We do wish to make clear that Summer School participants, who have been given written permission by their parent/guardian, have the freedom to come and go as they wish during breaks and after the course finishes each day (there will be a system in place to sign in and out).

What do we expect of participants?

We expect you to be engaged in your practice and to enjoy your time experiencing Trinity Laban.

We also expect all participants to behave sensibly and respectfully towards each other, teachers, staff, and our facilities. Anyone found to not be behaving in this way will be requested to leave the course.

What should I bring?

You should bring your instrument, bow and any sheet music for pieces you are currently interested in working on in your individual lessons. Cellists should bring spike protection, which may be required in spaces. Orchestral parts will be provided by Trinity Laban. In addition to suitable clothing and footwear for playing all day for 5 days, we suggest you bring a bottle for water. Also please bring a pencil.

Can I borrow an instrument?

Trinity Laban can lend double basses for the duration of the course, but you should bring your own bow. Please let us know at least a month before the course begins if you need to borrow a double bass. Borrowed instruments must remain onsite when not in use. You may be liable for any damage.

How can I find out about accessibility?

The course is open to all and we encourage applications from disabled and neurodiverse students. The course will be held at King Charles Court and Blackheath Halls, which are fully accessible. Please make any access or learning requirements clear on your application form. If you have any further concerns you can contact us to speak directly.

How do I get to Trinity Laban?

The Summer School will be held at King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich SE10 9JF and Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath, London SE3 9RQ. For information on where to find us please visit the Directions page.

Will there be an award for participants?

The course is not accredited, but each participant who completes the course will be provided with a certificate on the final day.