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Introduction

This intensive summer school is designed for enthusiastic young brass musicians Grade 5+, who want to develop high level performance skills and learn in a conservatoire setting.

This course aims to develop in the individual brass player the importance of a whole mind and body approach to communicating music through their instrument.

Throughout the summer school you will be supported by experienced international orchestral performers, historians and teachers of brass. The summer school is distinctive in relation to the quality of coaching that will be provided by players and teachers who have reached the highest levels of performance and education in the music industry.

We are seeking a wide variety of brass players to join this specialist summer school. We hope to welcome brass instrumentalists from around the world to join us in Glasgow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Play On

Participants playing at Grade 8+ may be interested in applying for our Play On summer school which runs from the 7 – 12 August 2017.

Early bird summer school offer

Book a class before 31 March 2017 and receive 10% off any summer school. Quote EBSUMMER17 when making your booking.

Introduction

This intensive summer school is designed for enthusiastic young brass musicians Grade 5+, who want to develop high level performance skills and learn in a conservatoire setting.

This course aims to develop in the individual brass player the importance of a whole mind and body approach to communicating music through their instrument.

Throughout the summer school you will be supported by experienced international orchestral performers, historians and teachers of brass. The summer school is distinctive in relation to the quality of coaching that will be provided by players and teachers who have reached the highest levels of performance and education in the music industry.

We are seeking a wide variety of brass players to join this specialist summer school. We hope to welcome brass instrumentalists from around the world to join us in Glasgow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Play On

Participants playing at Grade 8+ may be interested in applying for our Play On summer school which runs from the 7 – 12 August 2017.

Early bird summer school offer

Book a class before 31 March 2017 and receive 10% off any summer school. Quote EBSUMMER17 when making your booking.

Course outline

The style of engagement of this brass summer school will be intimate and informal but demanding.

The structure of the course is based around daily performance classes and masterclasses with specialist teachers. Our internationally renowned guest artist in brass will be announced in January 2017.

As well as individual one-to-one lessons and masterclasses, you will have time for personal practice and ensemble rehearsal. An informal concert will take place at the end of the summer school.

During this course you will:

  • achieve a greater awareness of the physical aspects of playing a brass instrument
  • deepen your understanding of the communication skills needed by the player
  • broaden your knowledge of the repertory available to each instrument from its origin
  • enhance your experiences of ensemble playing skills
  • gain greater confidence in performing for an audience

As well as concentrating on musical and physical awareness, you will explore the repertoire the various instruments inhabit and sometimes share.

The history of each instrument and the effect of that history on the development of each instrument and its repertory will also be explored.

The physical aspects of playing a brass instrument will be explored with the opportunity to take part in an Alexander Technique class.

 

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.

How to apply for Agnes Allan Bursary

Your bursary application must be submitted before you apply for a Lifelong Learning course. You will be asked to provide supporting documents with your application.

Please complete the online bursary application form.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs



Indicative schedule

Brass summer school 2017 – Indicative Schedule

Wednesday 9th August

  • 9.45am: Welcome
  • 10am: Instrumental lessons/workshop
  • 12.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm: Performance class
  • 3.30pm: Brass ensemble

Thursday 10th August

  • 10am: Warm up
  • 11am: Brass class/instrumental workshop
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Brass ensemble
  • 4pm: Workshop with guest artist

Friday 11th August

  • 10am: Performance class
  • 11am: Instrumental workshops
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Brass ensemble
  • 4pm: Sharing for friends and family

 

 

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you should be 12 – 17 years of age and have reached a minimum playing ability of ABRSM Grade 5 or equivalent in order to fully benefit from this intensive summer school.

Preparing for your course

Students will be sent details about repertoire and what to prepare in advance of the summer school.

While you are here
For daily practice, bring loose and comfortable clothes in which you are happy that you can move freely.

At a glance...

Brass 10am - 5pm 20170811 165 Application Deadline: 20170703

Offers

Early bird summer school offer

Book a class before 31 March 2017 and receive 10% off any summer school. Quote EBSUMMER17 when making your booking.

Booking more than one course?

Save money when booking more than one course. We offer tuition fee reductions when you book more than one course – contact us at shortcourses@rcs.ac.uk for more information.

Teaching staff

John Logan

John studied initially at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) before he completed a postgraduate study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He went on to join the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle. During his five year tenure in Birmingham, John enjoyed worldwide touring and involvement in major recordings. He was also at this time heavily involved with the Orchestra’s education programme.

In 1994, John was appointed Associate Principal Horn with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and has continued his involvement in many other areas of the music profession. He is also an accomplished accordion player.

As a talented education animateur, John has written several composition-based music projects and has delivered them in schools and communities. In addition to conducting young musicians such as the Royal Conservatoire’s own Symphony Orchestra and Junior Symphony Orchestra, John is used regularly with the RSNO as a conductor and arranger for their annual St. Andrew’s Day concert with Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain and many of Scotland’s other top folk musicians.

Nigel Boddice MBE

Nigel Boddice MBE, Hon. ARAM is the former principal trumpet of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. A position held for twenty years [75-95]. Hghlights included solo appearances at the Henry Wood Promenade concerts, chamber work and leading the BBCSSO Brass Ensemble.

For the last few years Nigel has combined teaching duties at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a multitude of engagements conducting bands, youth orchestras and ensembles of every variance, giving him a strong repertoire in several mediums. Appointments in the wind band world have included Chief Conductor for KNMM, NYWES as well as guest appearances worldwide. From this background there has been a natural progression towards adjudicating and examining, for example in New Zealand, Australia, throughout Europe, plus the four corners of the U.K.

For his special association with the young brass musicians of West Lothian, he accepted the inaugural presentation of the Mortimer Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in London and for his prolific presentation of contemporary music he was honoured by the Scottish Composers Society. In recognition of his input and work with the youth of Scotland generally, and West Lothian in particular, Nigel was awarded the MBE in the 2005 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.