Frequently Asked Questions:
These are some of the questions we are often asked:
Will I be good enough?
Our course is very friendly and is so designed to accommodate and support young musicians of all stages and standards. We hope that students will at least have a basic rudimentary knowledge of music reading ability and have an elementary grasp of playing skills: as a guide then, you will probably need to be a minimum of grade II standard - the focus for the course will be on developing ensemble skills.
Will the music be really difficult?
We bring an extensive library of music to the course, and have staff who can adapt and arrange parts to ensure that everyone feels comfortable performing at their various playing stages - you will still be encouraged to improve your skills though, whatever standard you are!
What do I need to bring with me?
Please make sure that you bring your first and second instrument (if applicable), with a named music stand and any music - solo, duet, or ensemble (plus piano accompaniment as necessary!), which you enjoy playing, in a folder or music case. You may like to include this in one of the informal concerts held after lunch each day - Everyone gets the chance to play or sing.
Do I need to bring any extra pocket money?
Pocket money should be kept to a minimum as there will be no extra charges, and money will only be required for sweets and souvenirs.
What should I wear?
What time does the course start?
We would like students to register between 3p.m. and 5p.m. on the first day (Sunday). This gives everyone the chance to settle in, get to know each other, and find their way around. We also like to hear you play to us something you enjoy, so that we can place you in the right group(s) for the start of the course.
Does the course end with a concert?
On the last afternoon, Friday, we will give a short concert at 4p.m. for parents, followed by tea and biscuits.
What else can I do apart from music?
The typical day is well planned with plenty of breaks, during which you may play tennis, explore parts of the ground, join in team games in the hard play areas, playing fields or indoor sports hall, and swim in the indoor swimming pool. You may prefer to relax in one of the comfortable video/TV lounges.
Will the activities and free time be supervised?
Yes. Your safety and well-being are a top priority on our courses. Fully trained and experienced staff will be on hand to look after you.
Are all the days the same?
No. On Wednesday we stop our musical activities at lunch-time and there is an organised group excursion in the afternoon. Our most recent and popular activities have included 10 pin bowling, after which we return in time for an early evening barbecue, followed by organised team games.
Do I have to board?
No, although most students prefer to board. This ensures they enjoy the complete holiday atmosphere of the residential experience, away from home with new friends. Day students will start each day at 9am for the first session, and parents may collect you at 8pm.
What time is bedtime?
Depending on your age, the bedtimes range between 9.30pm and 10.30pm, because breakfast is bright and early at 8.15am next morning!
I have a special diet, how will I cope?
Please let us know any requirements when you apply.
How do I apply?
Click on the Application Form link.
Print off the Application Form, complete, sign and return with a deposit of £150 to:-
Fees for this year are:
Resident £524 Day £414 Deposit £150 - Non refundable