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National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland: Senior

Summer School for young people

Introduction

Are you a talented wind, brass or percussion student who wants the opportunity to play in a large wind orchestra?

The National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland continues to work in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to give talented young woodwind, brass and percussion musicians the opportunity to learn from some of the country’s most gifted teachers and performers at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This seven-day intensive summer school is for musicians Grade 6+.

See also Intermediate level for musicians working from Grade 3 – 5 (ABRSM or equivalent).

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Introduction

Are you a talented wind, brass or percussion student who wants the opportunity to play in a large wind orchestra?

The National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland continues to work in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to give talented young woodwind, brass and percussion musicians the opportunity to learn from some of the country’s most gifted teachers and performers at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This seven-day intensive summer school is for musicians Grade 6+.

See also Intermediate level for musicians working from Grade 3 – 5 (ABRSM or equivalent).

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Course outline

The National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland provides an opportunity for musicians to extend their performance experience at a national level.

Students on this summer course will all share a love of music and a desire to improve their skills in a constructive and fun environment.

Directed by course leader, Kevin Price over seven days, the ensemble will tackle a diverse and challenging mix of repertoire to be performed in a concert on the Friday evening at 7pm for friends and family at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

As a student on this course you will benefit from the chance to perform in smaller ensembles as well as receive coaching from highly experienced and professional teachers.

 

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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



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

Saturday 15th July

  • 9.45am – Welcome meeting and introduction to tutors
  • 10am – Full Band/Sectionals
  • 11.45am – Sectionals
  • 12.45pm – Break for lunch
  • 1.30pm – Sectionals
  • 3.30pm – Full Band
  • 5pm – Finish

Sunday 16th July

  • 10am – Sectionals
  • 11.45am – Full Band
  • 12.45pm – Break for lunch
  • 1.30pm – Sectionals
  • 3.30pm – Sectionals
  • 5pm – Finish

Monday 17th July

  • 10am – Full Band/Sectionals
  • 11.45am – Sectionals
  • 12.45pm – Break for lunch
  • 1.30pm – Sectionals
  • 3.30pm – Full Band
  • 5pm – Finish

Tuesday 18th July

  • 10am – Full Band
  • 11.45am – Sectionals
  • 12.45pm – Break for lunch
  • 1.30pm – Sectionals
  • 3.30pm – Sectionals
  • 5pm – Finish

Wednesday 19th July

  • 10am – Full Band/Sectionals
  • 11.45am – Sectionals
  • 12.45pm – Break for lunch
  • 1.30pm – Sectionals
  • 3.30pm – Full Band
  • 5pm – Finish

Thursday 20th July

  • 10am – Full Band
  • 11.45am – Full Band
  • 12.45pm – Break for lunch
  • 1.30pm – Full Band/Sectionals
  • 3.30pm – Full Band
  • 5pm – Finish

Friday 21st July

  • 10am – Sectionals
  • 11.45am – Full Band
  • 12.45pm – Break for lunch
  • 1.30pm – Full Band
  • 3.30pm – Workshop with RCS student chamber group
  • 5pm – Break
  • 7pm – Concert for friends and family

 

Entry requirements

You should be a minimum of Grade 6 ABRSM or equivalent to benefit fully from this summer school.

At the time of application, participants are asked to submit a short recording of no longer than 3 – 4 minutes in length which best demonstrates their current playing level.

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.

Short course feedback

“NYWES is a fantastic course. It allows young people to improve their playing with exceptional tuition and with others of a similar
age and standard. NYWES is also a great opportunity to make long lasting friends.”

“I had such a great time and the teachers were really nice and fun. I also met lots of lovely new friends. The day after summer school finished I was so disappointed not to be going in to the RCS. I will definitely be going to the next course. I think the RCS is amazing…..I love it and I am so proud to be part of it.”

At a glance...

National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland: Senior 10am - 5pm 20170721 300 Application Deadline: 20170612

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.

How to apply

Please note a deposit of 25% of the total tuition fee will be required upon application to this course, this deposit will be refunded in full if your application is unsuccessful. Payment of the 75% 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.

 

Who is this course for?

This summer school is for young wind players aged 12–17 who are at Grade 6 and above.

Students on this course should want to:

  • develop musically and technically
  • build repertoire and performing experiences
  • enhance their experience of playing in an ensemble
  • meet other passionate wind players
  • experience life as a full-time music student
  • meet and work with full- time students from the Royal conservatoire

Teaching staff

Kevin Price

Kevin Price Kevin studied trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music and is a professional musician of considerable performance experience. As well as a successful freelance career where he worked with the Royal Opera House, The National Theatre and various shows in the West End, Kevin has been involved in chamber music with Paragon Ensemble, Brass Ecosse (Scottish Opera), BBC Scottish Brass Ensemble, SCO Brass Ensemble and the RSNO Brass Ensemble.

Kevin has been the Music Director of the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland since 1998 and has also had a long and highly successful career as the Musical Director of the Glasgow Wind Band, the current Scottish and UK Open Champions, a position he has held since 1984. He has also acquired extensive experience of conducting at a regional level, including the regional bands and symphony orchestras for the Scottish Borders and East Renfrewshire.

In addition to conducting, Kevin has a high reputation for his work as a teacher in both the state and independent sector. He also acts as an external examiner for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as a tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, and as a lecturer for the Scottish Association for Music in Education.

Matthew Chinn

Originally from Aberdeen, Matthew graduated with a first class Honours degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied tuba, community music and conducting. Matthew has also received a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance and he was awarded a Master of Music Performance.

Matthew has devised and led projects for all ages and stages working with many local authorities and arts organisations including Scottish Opera, Children’s Classic Concerts, Enterprise Music Scotland, Artlink Central, Live Music Now! and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

He is currently Acting Head of the Junior Conservatoire and Music Centres at the Royal Conservatoire, overseeing the education of more than 300 talented young musicians.

 

Additional Information

See also Intermediate level for musicians Grade 3 – 5 (ABRSM or equivalent).