Applications for the 2017 SaM Summer School will open in January.

SaM Summer School 2017
SaM Summer School 2017
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Purcell School of Music
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Sound and Music


Sound and Music is once again on the look out for the next generation of musical creators, sound generators and future composers; to join us for a life changing, unique week of experimentation, collaboration, learning, creating and socialising.  

This is your opportunity – your journey starts here  

30 JULY  - 5 AUGUST 2017 


SaM Summer School Short 2015 from Sound and Music on Vimeo.


"Without this course I would never have realised that I could be a composer."

Now in its ninth year, the celebrated SaM Summer School, is the only residential course of its kind in the UK for young creators and composers aged 14-18, devised by Sound and Music the national charity for new music, in partnership with the Purcell School of Music 

Our Summer School gives you an opportunity to explore and develop your musical ideas, be inspired by your peers and try new areas of musical creation; from composing for film to writing for voices – you can stretch your imagination and ours too.  

You will spend a week at the world renowned Purcell School of Music with 75 other young composers, working with the most talented tutors and professional musicians in the UK today; from new media to jazz and everything in between, you will be surrounded by a wealth of experience and expertise.  

 SaM Summer School 2016


"I was around such talented individuals that I felt more inspired to create something great." 

At SaM we celebrate diversity; we aim to challenge perceptions, to encourage creativity and collaboration, and we love to hear something new.

During the residential, you will be able to work in your own style of music-making, whilst also working with other composers and musicians to explore new and different ways of making music; from experimental vocal to conventionally notated 

At the end of the week, your new musical creation will be performed at a special live, preview event, plus you will receive a recording of the piece of work you have created! 


“The tutors were all so professional and treated us with so much respect. They were so inspirational” 

SaM Summer School takes place (30 July – 5 Augustat The Purcell School for Young Musicians, the oldest specialist Music School in the UK based in Bushey, Hertfordshire; where you will eat, sleep and create alongside your new friends.  

You can get to the Purcell School by train or car and we will send full details and directions to everyone who is participating. A minibus shuttle service will also be operating during the week between Watford Junction station and the school.  

On Friday evening and Saturday, special preview performances will take place for friends, family and VIPs, – to hear what you have created and celebrate your experiences.  

SaM Summer School 2016


“One of the best things I’ve ever done in my life” 

There are a number of ways in which you can apply to join SaM this summer. 

If you are a talented young composer, enthusiastic about learning and interested in joining us, we would love to hear from you!  

Here are a few things to help you with your application: 

  • You must be aged 14-18  

  • You must be based in the UK, or a UK citizen living overseas 

Go to the applications page here
You will need to:
  • Write up to 250 words telling us why you want to take part in the Summer School. Remember to tell us about what experience you have of composing music (whether at school, independently, or with a composition teacher) and any musical activities you're involved in. 
  • Send us an example of your music, which you can upload to the application form. We need a score (a written down version of your music). You can also send us a recording of your piece if you have one, but this is not essential. There are some examples of different score formats below.
  • Write up to 250 words telling us about your piece, along the lines of a coursework log.  There are some examples of coursework logs here 
We would also like you to complete an Equal Opportunities form.  This information is kept separate from your application and is not used during the selection process.  The information helps us understand who applies to the Summer Schoo and who gets selected.

You can find examples of scores, recordings and coursework logs here



Here at SaM we are determined that everyone who is accepted on the course should be able to attend regardless of their family’s circumstances.  

It costs £450 to attend the SaM Summer School; this includes all tutoring, accommodation, food and activities throughout the week.  

We are committed to supporting young talented composers and we have special bursaries and scholarship support available for students, whether you are from a low or higher income background.  As a guide, young people from families on low incomes claiming benefits will not be expected to pay anything. 

If you have any questions about the cost of the SaM Summer School then please contact us and we will be happy to talk to you – we really do want to help you to come and have the most amazing week of music-making! 


If you would like to talk about you application please contact Judith Robinson on 020 7759 1800 // 

The Sound and Music Summer School has been made possible through generous support and contributions from: 

Sound and Music is the national charity for new music.  

Our vision is to create a world where new music and sound prospers, transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating the work of its creators. 

** When we refer to composers we mean anyone who creates their own original piece of music. ** 



Arts Award      Taking part in the SaM Summer School can contribute to your Arts Award. 

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We also provide Steve Martland scholarships to our Summer School. To find out more: click here. 

Read more

Sound and Music's Judith Robinson writes for the blog on seven years of the Summer School and seeing young composers progress here>>.




Click here to read Sound and Music's evaluation report on the 2014 Summer School.

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Inspire Young Composers' competition: The BBC's annual competition is open to aspiring young composers aged 12 to 18 at the closing date (26 May 2016). Winners will be given the opportunity to have their music performed at the BBC Proms by professional musicians and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Winners also receive a coveted BBC commission. For full details of how to enter and terms and conditions are here.

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