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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 & Advanced Summer School

Participants playing at Grade 8+ may be interested in applying for our Play On summer school which runs from the 7 – 12 August 2017 or our Brass Advanced Summer School 7-9th August 2017. Please contact summerschools@rcs.ac.uk for further information.

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 & Advanced Summer School

Participants playing at Grade 8+ may be interested in applying for our Play On summer school which runs from the 7 – 12 August 2017 or our Brass Advanced Summer School 7-9th August 2017. Please contact summerschools@rcs.ac.uk for further information.

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.

Teaching staff

Horn – John Logan (Head of Brass)

Trumpet – Nigel Boddice

Trombone – tbc

Tuba – Tony George

At a glance...

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

Offers

Promotional Offers

We also offer a selection of promotion offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.