Summer School

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THE 2019 SUMMER SCHOOL WILL AGAIN TAKE PLACE AT WRITTLE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, CHELMSFORD, FROM MONDAY JULY 29th TO THURSDAY AUGUST 1st (see details below). Preview flyer here

Grand Union’s Summer Schools are unique in both content and manner of teaching. Our policy towards the education and training of young musicians is clearly described in this article GUO Composer / Director Tony Haynes wrote for the influential on-line journal Music Education UK in January 2018.

In this short video, Cassius Cobbson, an inventive drummer who joined GUYO in 2014 when he was 13 years old, tells Claude why Grand Union is so important to him.

SUMMER SCHOOL 2018

The 2018 Summer School put into practice the principles outlined in that article; and the illustrations give an idea of the kind of music – and approach – used.

The performance in these two short video clips from GUYO's concert Rhythms & Revolution
at London's Rich Mix is led by Brazilian Ricardo Axe, one of the Grand Union tutor-musicians on the 2018  course
  

                   

And in these two video links gu zheng (Chinese harp) virtuoso Zhu Xiao Meng leads GUYO musicians through the introduction and jazz section of an unusual version of a Chinese folk song The Song of Four Seasons.

The 2018 Course was directed by Claude Deppa had this to say about his experience:
 "I feel really proud to have been course leader on a Grand Union Orchestra summer school. We started the week with some very young, quite inexperienced young musicians, We had set them a very hard four days and this showed by the second day. But in their favour was their enthusiasm: this was a very strong bunch of young people who were up to the challenge, and I know up till today are still very much in touch with each other."  

FULL DETAILS OF THE 2018 SUMMER SCHOOL HERE

The 2019 Course will again be led by musicians from the Grand Union Orchestra, many of them also featured in that article. They represent all the world’s major musical traditions, into which they were born and bred; internationally-fêted performers in their own right, they are also great communicators and charismatic workshop leaders.

It will be open to young musicians aged 12 to 21 who wish to learn more about world music techniques first-hand from experts, and develop their creative and improvisational skills. Players of non-European instruments are especially welcome, and we also encourage multi-instrumentalists.

Full board and lodging will be provided – breakfast, lunch and dinner, and accommodation in single rooms. The cost will be in the region of £240; bursaries and a limited number of non-residential places may be available.

What’s in it for me?

 

Who is it for? 

Young musicians of secondary school age and up (12-21) interested in learning about music from other parts of the world, and/or who play a non-European instrument.

How do I apply? 

Download the Summer 2018 flyer  here.

A GLANCE AT PREVIOUS SUMMER SCHOOLS...

In this short video, students describe their experience -

               

  Here is some of the music created at previous summer schools...

               
 

Open to young musicians aged 12-21, this annual event is a unique opportunity to learn about world music and improvisation first hand from internationally-renowned musicians born and brought up in all major musical traditions worldwide.

Grand Union Orchestra musicians are not only acclaimed artists in their own right, they are also highly experienced teachers and workshop leaders. Under the general direction of Shanti Jayasinha and Grand Union’s founder composer/director Tony Haynes, the course is led by these musicians, who have worked together as Grand Union’s core performers for many years.

 

 

For more information contact 020 8981 1551 or  summerschool@grandunion.org.uk

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