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Advanced Brass Summer School (for ages 16+)

Summer School for Young People

Introduction

Spend a week learning from the very best brass performers in the country including our Head of Brass, John Logan. Students will refine their solo, chamber and orchestral performance throughout the week.

This intensive summer school is designed for enthusiastic brass players 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.

To apply for this course you should have reached a minimum playing ability of ABRSM Grade 7 or equivalent in order to fully benefit from this intensive summer school.

Students who would benefit from this course may be:

  • a student preparing for music college entry exams
  • a music education student who is planning a career in a performance setting
  • a career music enthusiast wishing to enhance their musical experience by working with the Royal conservatoire of Scotland as part of a professional development experience

The course will culminate in an informal sharing of work for family and friends on the final day.

The deadline for applying to this course is 25th June 2018 at 12pm.

Introduction

Spend a week learning from the very best brass performers in the country including our Head of Brass, John Logan. Students will refine their solo, chamber and orchestral performance throughout the week.

This intensive summer school is designed for enthusiastic brass players 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.

To apply for this course you should have reached a minimum playing ability of ABRSM Grade 7 or equivalent in order to fully benefit from this intensive summer school.

Students who would benefit from this course may be:

  • a student preparing for music college entry exams
  • a music education student who is planning a career in a performance setting
  • a career music enthusiast wishing to enhance their musical experience by working with the Royal conservatoire of Scotland as part of a professional development experience

The course will culminate in an informal sharing of work for family and friends on the final day.

The deadline for applying to this course is 25th June 2018 at 12pm.

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.

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.

 

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

The following is an example schedule of the Brass summer school. Please note, some of the content may be liable to change.

10am – 10.30am

Instrumental warm-up session

10.30am – 12.30pm

Individual lessons/Masterclass

12.30pm – 1.30pm

Lunch

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Lecture

2.30pm – 3.30pm

Small chamber ensembles

4pm – 5pm

Large ensemble

5pm – 6pm

Performance class

Entry requirements

Students are required to submit a short ( 3-4 minutes) recording which best demonstrates their current playing level in advance of being accepted to the summer school.

Recordings can be uploaded to your online application form as an unlisted YouTube link or mp3. This can be done using your mobile phone, tablet or any hand held recording device. No need to worry about recording quality, it is to access whether this course is best suited to your current level.

We recommend that students playing a minimum level of Grade 7 (ABRSM or equivalent) would benefit most from this summer school.

 

Preparing for your course

Please prepare repertoire and studies to work on in your lesson and masterclasses. These should be prepared as fully as possible to allow teachers to work with you on advanced technique and musicality.

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...

Advanced Brass Summer School 20180803 300 Application Deadline: 20180625

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

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.

 

Tony George

Tony George has had a varied career in many different aspects of brass performing and teaching.
He has performed and recorded with Modern Orchestras such as the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Scottish Opera and the London Mozart Players as well as many period instrument orchestras throughout Europe, most notably the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the 18th Century and the Gabrieli Ensemble.
He is a member of the Wallace Collection and has taught and devised courses at the RCM, GSMD, RAM and the RCS as well as giving masterclasses at the RWCMD and RNCM.
As well as a performer Tony is also actively involved in research, publications of authentic editions of music and has also become involved in the development of brass instruments and also innovative mutes for both tenor and bass tubas.

Huw Morgan

Winner of the Prague Spring, Ellsworth Smith, Girolamo Fantini and Lieksa international
trumpet competitions in 2016/2017, Huw Morgan is internationally recognised as one of the
most sought-after brass players of his generation. He combines a flourishing solo career with
his role as principal trumpet in the Sinfonieorchester Basel, and as a founder member of
London-based ensemble, Septura.

Highlights in recent seasons include concerto appearances with the BBC National Orchestra
of Wales, Northern Sinfonia, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic,
Hamburg Camerata and European Union Chamber Orchestra, working under conductors
including Tortelier, Herreweghe and Zehetmair. Huw has also featured at numerous
international festivals: Cheltenham, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kaposvár, Sounds New,
WASBE, Trømso and Rainbow21 (Tokyo), broadcasting regularly on both national radio and
television. Among his solo recordings, Huw can be heard as the featured trumpeter on the
soundtrack to the BAFTA-nominated film, Me and Orson Welles.

In recital, Huw performs at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall and Sage
Gateshead. A passionate exponent of contemporary music, he has commissioned and
premièred works by Leif Segerstam, Eric Ewazen, Paul Max Edlin and Jonathan Harvey, and
was the featured soloist in the first performance of ‘Only Heavenly Music’ from Karl Jenkins’
Stella Natalis, conducted by the composer in his 60th birthday concert at the Wales
Millennium Centre.

Following his success as Brass Winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, Huw has
gained renown for his prize-winning appearances at many of the most significant international
competitions, including Porica (Italy), Jeju (South Korea), Moscow Conservatory (Russia)
and Only Brass (Belgium). In 2005 he became the youngest ever winner of the International
Trumpet Guild’s prestigious Solo Award, and in 2010 won both the Brass Prize and Wind
Section Award at the Royal Over-seas League Competition.

Alongside his solo activities, Huw appears regularly as guest principal with many leading
ensembles, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House,
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin-inthe-
Fields, BBC Philharmonic, Nash Ensemble, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and City of
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

A guest professor at London’s Royal Academy of Music and the Hochschule für Musik in
Basel, Huw has presented frequent masterclasses throughout Europe and Asia, including at
the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the National University of Taiwan.