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What is it?

The Sound and Music Summer School is a week-long residential that gives young people the opportunity to explore and develop their musical creativity. Working alongside professional composers, musicians and their peers, they experience new areas of musical creation from composing for moving image to writing for the voice, expanding their creative horizons!

How does it work?

During the residential, students develop their own style of music-making, whilst also working with professional composers and musicians to explore new and different methods. Tutor groups specialise in practical approaches to songwriting, jazz, classical, film music, cross-cultural music and more, with options to explore even broader topics in taster sessions throughout the week.

At the end of the week, the piece each student has created is performed by professional musicians, as well as being professionally recorded.

Who is it for? 

SaM Summer School is for young composers and creative musicians aged 14-18; attendees must be UK residents or a UK citizen living overseas. As this is such a unique week, we try to prioritise those who haven’t been before over those who have been to two previous Summer Schools.

Why do we have the Summer School?

There is a general lack of opportunity for young people to compose and create music today, particularly for those whose talent and commitment has reached the limits schools and local resources are able to provide. Even in schools where music education thrives, instruction tends to be geared toward performance and not composition. In all, there is little space for young people with exceptional talent who are committed to pursuing careers in composition; the Summer School for Young Composers was created in response to this very real need. Sound and Music is not aware of any other course in the UK that delivers at the same scale and quality as the Summer School.

Where, when, and how much?

The school runs for one week every August at The Purcell School, a specialist music school which forms the perfect environment for a week of creativity.

We ask for a subsidised fee of £500 for students to attend the course; this covers all tutoring, accommodation, food and activities. However, we are determined that everyone who is accepted on the course should be able to attend regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.

Please get in touch if you would like more information about the financial support we
can offer!

How can you support us?

For the last four years, Sound and Music has made annual appeals to raise money for the Steve Martland Bursary Fund. Steve Martland was a beloved composer, teacher, and musician who spent much of his life committed to supporting composers from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. Today, the Steve Martland Bursary Fund is instrumental in changing the lives of hundreds of young British composers, and helps us support the future of new music in the UK. If you want to join us in supporting these composers of tomorrow, you can donate here.

We are also committed to being inclusive of young disabled people, those with learning difficulties and other access requirements. You are welcome to get in touch at any point in the application process for a chat about how we can best help you make the most of the week. Visit our Contact and Support page.

Want to get in touch?

Send us an email on education@soundandmusic.org
Call us on 020 7759 1800

In this project

Are you a young composer from Wiltshire?

This year, Sound and Music is working with Wiltshire Music Connect to offer bursaries so that young people living or at school in Wiltshire can attend this year's Summer School. Contact us for more information!

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Support and celebrate the Sound and Music Summer School 2020 by making a donation.

With many thanks to the generous supporters of the Summer School

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Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust

D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Lucille Graham Trust

Marchus Trust

Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation

Finzi Trust

Three Monkies Trust

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BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' competitionVisit the BBC Proms Inspire website.

Go Compose Inspire Days & Masterclasses 

Alongside the main Summer School, this year we are also offering a series of online workshops and masterclasses open to young people not attending the week itself.

Held in the week before Summer School, our Go Compose Inspire Days (28th - 30th July 2020) are day-long online sessions are designed for young people with little to no experience of composing to explore songwriting, artist marketing, electronic music production and audio manipulation. You can find out more about these sessions here.

We will also be hosting a series of public, online masterclasses with external artists and organisations - watch this space for more details...


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