Summer School 2016

Last year's Summer School, held at Oundle School, Peterborough, was a huge success. Read below for more details on what we covered over the four day residential course.

The principal aim of the course was to give young musicians first-hand experience of a wide range of musical styles from around the world, under the guidance of musicians born and brought up in these traditions. They were encouraged to form their own groups and create and perform their own pieces in response to this experience, and above all develop their improvisation skills. Whatever their main instrument, they also sang, played percussion and tried out other (especially non-European) instruments.

Sessions were led by Grand Union musicians from many different musical cultures who have international reputations. This year we were delighted to welcome for the first time Landing Mané, a charismatic teacher and performer of the drumming traditions of Mali and Senegal, who ran sessions with massed djembes and introduced the chants and rhythms from which New World styles derive.

Our inimitable tabla maestro Yousuf Ali Khan returned to lead sessions in South Asian music from bhangra to Bengal, together with Latin-American percussionist Carlos Fuentes and star Australian jazz saxophonist Louise Elliott. Among other Grand Union musicians, Gerry Hunt (guitar, saxes) and Josh Brandler (bass)l again lent their support; GUO composer/director Tony Haynes contributed arrangements; and the course was directed as usual by trumpeter Shanti Paul Jayasinha.

 Click here for the outline of the 2016 course.

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