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Percussion (for ages 12 - 17)

Summer school for young people

Introduction

Get hands-on experience in our percussion summer school with every instrument you can think of from timpani, snare drum, tuned percussion (using both two and four mallets), and orchestral accessories such as tambourines, triangles and cymbals, etc. with suitable repertoire tailored specifically to all players.

Led by renowned and award winning musicians, this course looks at every aspect of what life is like being a professional percussionist. During this high energy summer school, students will be given the opportunity to gain confidence in solo performance practice, prepare for auditions and improve ensemble skills.

Students on this course will have the opportunity to experience the life of a full-time music student whilst working with our renowned Royal Conservatoire teaching staff.

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

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 6 July 2018 at 12pm.

Introduction

Get hands-on experience in our percussion summer school with every instrument you can think of from timpani, snare drum, tuned percussion (using both two and four mallets), and orchestral accessories such as tambourines, triangles and cymbals, etc. with suitable repertoire tailored specifically to all players.

Led by renowned and award winning musicians, this course looks at every aspect of what life is like being a professional percussionist. During this high energy summer school, students will be given the opportunity to gain confidence in solo performance practice, prepare for auditions and improve ensemble skills.

Students on this course will have the opportunity to experience the life of a full-time music student whilst working with our renowned Royal Conservatoire teaching staff.

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

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 6 July 2018 at 12pm.

Course outline

The summer school will focus on practical experience tailored for each student. You will be given the opportunity to gain invaluable experiences with your fellow students in what promises to be an exciting week of percussion playing.

There will be opportunity for you to explore multi-percussion repertoire whilst also gaining experience in world hand drumming and percussion ensemble. There will also be some time for fun body percussion pieces too.

Advice on a whole range of repertoire will be available for use in recitals and SQA examination requirements.

At the end of the course we will have a sharing concert for parents and friends to show what has been achieved during the summer school.

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

Day One

The first day begins with a meet and greet and a warm up group session then straight into solo performance sharing.

After day one, the rest of the week gets split into:

  • ensemble sessions
  • solo coaching
  • masterclass style performance class
  • repertoire audition preparation
  • orchestral techniques
  • auxiliary percussion workshops

 

Entry requirements

This summer school is open to any young musician aged 12–17 years old who wants to develop their percussion skills whilst working with other young people.

We recommend that students playing a minimum level of Grade 4 (ABRSM or equivalent) would benefit most from this summer school.

Preparing for your course

Students are asked to prepare at least one piece for any of the disciplines (timpani, snare drum or tuned percussion) so that they can be placed in an appropriate group.

Please bring along your sticks and mallets and wear loose comfortable clothing.

At a glance...

Percussion (for ages 12 – 17) 10am - 5pm 20180810 245 Application Deadline: 20180706

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.

 

Who is this course for?

This course is open to young percussionists aged 12–17 years old, Grade 4 + (ABRSM or equivalent) who are looking for an fun, inspirational musical experience.

During the course you will:

  • achieve a greater awareness of the physical aspects of playing percussion, including body percussion
  • explore the various techniques required for tuned and un-tuned percussion
  • explore world percussion including latin percussion, hand drumming and percussion ensemble
  • build repertoire for examination recitals
  • gain greater confidence in performing for an audience
  • meet like-minded percussionists and enhance your experience of ensemble skills

Teaching staff

Pamella Dow

Pamella is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). She was a founder member of the BBC Training Orchestra before joining the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, holding the position of Principal Percussionist for 30 years.

Pamella has been a member of the teaching staff of the Royal Conservatoire for many years, and currently teaches in the Junior Conservatoire.

Pamella has also been part of setting up a Pre-Junior course at the Royal Conservatoire for pupils aged 7–11 years. In addition to her teaching role at the Royal Conservatoire, Pamella also teaches on the Performers BMus degree course at the University of Glasgow.

Pamella has a wealth of experience coaching percussion with youth orchestras and regularly adjudicates at music festivals throughout Scotland.

Calum Huggan

Award winning, Scottish Marimbist and Percussionist Calum Huggan has captivated audiences and critics alike with his musicality and personality.
From early on in his career Calum showed a real passion for marimba, winning his first BBC Solo Broadcast at the young age of 18. A finalist in International and National competitions, Calum was taught and nurtured by International Marimbist’s Jasmin Kolberg and Eric Sammut. Calum’s passion and commitment to performing has allowed him to perform solo and concerto debuts within the major concert houses across the United Kingdom, Europe and the United Arab Emirates.

As a freelance percussionist, Calum works regularly with orchestras such as BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera – Bayliss, Southbank Sinfonia, Scottish Ensemble, Scottish Opera, Mannheim National Theatre and has made his International debut as Guest Principal Percussionist and Timpanist with Jyvaskyla Sinfonietta, Finland. As well as being a virtuosic performer, Calum’s passion lies in cross-arts collaborations and teaching. He has worked alongside some of the most recognised and talented creatives in the arts.

Calum is an active and sought after percussion tutor and workshop leader throughout the UK, Four Mallet Specialist at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Percussion and Ensemble coach at Junior Trinity (London) and a part time lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow).