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Accordion (for ages 12 - 17)

Summer School for Young People

Introduction

This accordion summer school is an intensive and inspiring five-day course for musicians aged 12–17. You will have the opportunity to work with teachers from both the Royal Conservatoire and Scotland’s leading specialist music school, St.Mary’s Music School.

The course is designed to help develop and strengthen technical and musical skills, through knowledge of repertoire and healthy practice habits. Students will benefit from daily warm-up sessions, technique classes, individual lessons, ensemble playing and performances.

Students will also learn about accordion manufacturers, great accordionists and what life is like as a full-time music student at a Conservatoire. The summer school will be led by two of Europe’s finest accordion players and teachers, Djordje Gajic and Paul Chamberlain.

Students who take part in the course should want to:

  • develop musically and technically
  • build repertoire and performing experiences
  • become aware of various practice techniques and the importance of critical listening
  • be given the chance to play in a group
  • gain knowledge about the instrument
  • meet other students passionate about music and the accordion
  • experience life as a full-time music student
  • meet and work with full- time students from the Royal conservatoire

This summer school aims to provide a stimulating and inspiring atmosphere in which every student will be given the opportunity to grow.

At the beginning of the week you will be informally assessed on technique, musicianship and current level, enabling tutors to tailor the course to your needs and allow you to get the most out of the five days.

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 22 June 2018 at 12pm.

Introduction

This accordion summer school is an intensive and inspiring five-day course for musicians aged 12–17. You will have the opportunity to work with teachers from both the Royal Conservatoire and Scotland’s leading specialist music school, St.Mary’s Music School.

The course is designed to help develop and strengthen technical and musical skills, through knowledge of repertoire and healthy practice habits. Students will benefit from daily warm-up sessions, technique classes, individual lessons, ensemble playing and performances.

Students will also learn about accordion manufacturers, great accordionists and what life is like as a full-time music student at a Conservatoire. The summer school will be led by two of Europe’s finest accordion players and teachers, Djordje Gajic and Paul Chamberlain.

Students who take part in the course should want to:

  • develop musically and technically
  • build repertoire and performing experiences
  • become aware of various practice techniques and the importance of critical listening
  • be given the chance to play in a group
  • gain knowledge about the instrument
  • meet other students passionate about music and the accordion
  • experience life as a full-time music student
  • meet and work with full- time students from the Royal conservatoire

This summer school aims to provide a stimulating and inspiring atmosphere in which every student will be given the opportunity to grow.

At the beginning of the week you will be informally assessed on technique, musicianship and current level, enabling tutors to tailor the course to your needs and allow you to get the most out of the five days.

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 22 June 2018 at 12pm.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 



Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time. Please note that this accommodation is only for students aged 16+.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website.

For 2017 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or libertyhouse-glasgow@libertyliving.co.uk.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.

 

Indicative schedule

You will find an example schedule below of how the week will be shaped. Please note this schedule may change before the course start date.

Daily Warm-Up

The daily warm-up classes will focus on developing your aural and critical listening skills as well as setting up the hands for the day.

Technique Class

The technique class will focus on posture and the building of technique through scales, arpeggios and exercises.

Individual Lessons

One to one lessons will focus on developing your interpretation and understanding of prepared repertoire. You will be encouraged to observe other student’s lessons.

Ensemble Class

You will have the opportunity to collaborate not only with fellow accordionists from the course, but also with students from other courses.

Performance Class

The performance class gives you the chance to perform a prepared work in front of your peers followed by a group discussion. Topics such as stage presence, preparation for performance and calming nerves will be discussed.

Performances

Throughout the week there will be short informal performances given by students and teachers from the Royal Conservatoire.

As well as these daily classes there will be a group session at the end of each day. Below is an example schedule of what sessions may be on offer:

Monday

Historical recordings: Masters of the accordion, Past and Present. Students will have the chance to listen and learn about some of the greatest accordionists.

Tuesday

Accordion in traditional music of different countries.

Wednesday

Recital.

Thursday

Life as a full-time music student at a Conservatoire.

Friday

Informal concert open to family and friends.

Entry requirements

Students are required to submit a CV when applying for this course which will be reviewed by the course leader. Students with appropriate experience will be invited to book onto the course.

We also ask that students provide a reference from their tutor.

 

Preparing for your course

Students will be asked to bring at least one prepared short work which may be included in an informal performance.

Please ensure that you bring music of prepared works, an instrument, notebook, pencils and eraser.

At a glance...

Accordion (for ages 12 – 17) 10am - 5pm 20180727 245 Application Deadline: 20180622

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look.

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

How to apply

Please note a deposit of £50 will be required upon application to this course, this deposit will be refunded in full if your application is unsuccessful. Payment of the balance of the tuition fee is payable once applicants have been notified that they have been successful in their application to the course and have been sent the second-stage booking link.

Teaching staff

Djordje Gajic

Djordje Gajic began his musical studies in Serbia at the age of six, finally graduating from the Russian Academy of Music in 1993 with a Master of Music degree and the Honorary Title of Solo Performer. He continued his post-graduate studies at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and was appointed Assistant to Professor Yuri Dranga.

Djordje has won first prize in International Accordion Competitions in Pescara, Stresa, Camalo (Italy), Soko Bana (Serbia), St Étienne (France) and at the CMA World Championship in Fontainebleu (France). He has also been awarded second prize in equally prestigious competitions held in Klingental (Germany) and Cheraparvetz (Russia). He has also received many awards of outstanding merit leading to television and radio broadcasts for the BBC, RTS Serbia, RTR Russia and RAI Italy.

Djordje has performed with several acclaimed orchestras and ensembles including the Russian State Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Yvgeny Svetlanov), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra (BBC Proms, London), the Fibonacci Sequence Ensemble, Locrian Ensemble, Research Ensemble and Hebrides Ensemble, et al. He is a prolific recitalist throughout Europe (Andorra, Holland, France, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Italy, Malta, Norway and Britain) and also in Russia, Bahrain and Tunisia.

Since arriving in Britain Djordje has given solo recitals across the United Kingdom and also performs at many international music festivals including Dartington, Norwich, Salisbury, Buxton and Birmingham.

He has been much sought after as an adjudicator at international competitions across Europe and Russia. As a teacher, he regularly gives masterclasses in the United Kingdom, Europe and Russia. He was the co-founder of the International Summer School and Competitions at Kragujevac, Serbia, and compiled the accordion syllabus for the Trinity College of Music. He also designed and led the International Accordion Summer School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He regularly participates in seminars and masterclasses for composers and promotes the classical accordion in schools, universities and festivals.

He performs regularly in duo AdLibitum with his wife, violinist Andrea Gajic. In addition to a busy performing schedule, he teaches at Douglas Academy of Music, St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh University and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

 

Paul Chamberlain

Paul Chamberlain was one of the first classical accordionists to graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he studied with Djordje Gajic. He completed a BMus (Hons) degree and subsequently graduated from the conservatoire with a Master of Music Performance with Distinction. Whilst studying there he was awarded the acclaimed Governors Recital Prize for Keyboard, and was also one of the keyboard section finalists in the 2011 Royal Overseas League competition.

Paul is a highly accomplished player with appearances at international music festivals such as Baltica Harmonica in St. Petersburg – Russia, Sata-Häme Soi Accordion festival in Ikaalinen – Finland, and the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, held annually in Scotland. He has also performed in France, Italy, Greece, Bahrain and the USA. In 2011, Paul released his debut solo album entitled “Classical Accordion” featuring a mixture of transcriptions of works by J.S. Bach, Rameau, Moszkowski and Khachaturian, as well as original works by Alexander Nagayev and Franck Angelis.

He made his Bridgewater Hall debut with a solo recital as part of the long established Manchester Mid-Days concert series in 2013 and completed a major national tour of concerts in July 2014 to coincide with his CD release ‘Accordion Sensations’. The disc features a mixture of solo repertoire by Scarlatti, Zolotariev and Weber as well as and chamber works by Piazzolla for which Paul is joined on the recording by violinist Feargus Hetherington and the Maxwell String Quartet.

He has also performed with Ute Lemper and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Paragon Ensemble, Scottish Opera Connect Orchestra, and is a founder member of the Scottish Tango Ensemble.

Paul has been featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme with Sean Rafferty, performing live in the studio, BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Classics Unwrapped’ and California’s KDFC Classical Music Radio Station in San Francisco.