How to Apply

Applications are for 2020 have now re-opened; please get in touch if you have any questions about the application process.

You will need to complete:

Please note: we recommend that you read the rest of the information below before starting your application.

Deadline for applications

Now that we have re-opened applications, the remaining places for this year's Summer School will be awarded on a case-by-case basis.



  • You must be aged 14 - 18 on 31st August 2020. 
  • You must be based in the UK, or a UK citizen living overseas.  
  • Please note: if you have attended two previous Summer Schools we may give priority to someone who has not been before.


The online application form does not allow you to save your work and return to it at a later stage.  We recommend that you gather together all the information you need to make the application before you start to complete the form.  The information requested is as follows:
  • Describe your style of music in 280 characters.
  • Name 3 pieces of music you have been listening to recently and why you like them.
  • Write up to 250 words telling us why you want to take part in the Summer School. 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.
  • Give an example of your music (which you can upload to the application form). We need a score (a written down version of your music).There are some examples of different score formats below. 
  • You can also send us a recording of your piece if you have one, but this is not essential. 
  • Write up to 250 words telling us about your piece, along the lines of a coursework log.  There are some examples of coursework logs below.  
  • We also ask you to complete an Equal Opportunities form. This information is kept separate from your application and is not used during the selection process, it simply lets us understand who applies to and attends the Summer School.

Coursework Logs

Coursework logs can take a number of formats – here are some examples:

1. Basic template for GCSE music (taken from the Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment website)

2. Template for GCSE music where technology is a major part of the composition

3. Example of a completed log (taken from the Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment website) – this shows teachers’ comments, but yours doesn’t need to show them!

4. Guidelines for writing a composition log for music for film (thanks to Aidan Goetzee, Head of Music Technology, Purcell School of Music)

Example scores

There are lots of ways you can present your music in a written format. Take a look at some examples, drawn from last year's Summer School applications, to give you some ideas!

Secret Josie by Clement Appleby. Lead sheet.

Spring by Jemil Payet. Graphic score.

Pictures of the Sky by Gabrielle Woodward. Full orchestral score.

Cockroach by Isaac Troughton. Jazz score.

Stay by Flora Anderson. Voice plus instruments.

Sgaoileadh by Zakia Fawcett. Small instrumental group score.

What happens after I’ve submitted my application form?

You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. We will let you know by the end of May if you have been allocated a place

Places are limited, so don’t miss the deadline!

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

You may also be interested in...

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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