Tutor Groups

Meet the Key Tutors

Our composers and musicians have expertise in a huge range of music-making from conventionally-notated music to electronic music and from jazz to music for film. During the week, successful applicants work in a group with composers and musicians who can work with students on both their preferred style of music-making,  alongside providing the opportunity to try out different styles and traditions.

Laura Bowler: Vocal Group 

In the vocal group we write almost exclusively for the voice. This year, we're joined by Anna Snow and Sarah Dacey of experimental a cappella trio, ‘Juice’, as well as beatboxer and percussionist Majiker. Together, we help show the students how much the voice can do! They can expect to be influenced by genres from classical to folk, electronica to pop, with theatrical ideas, unusual text-setting, body percussion, beatboxing and improvisation thrown into the mix.

Find out more about Laura here: https://www.gsmd.ac.uk/music/staff/teaching_staff/department/8-department-of-composition/1289-dr-laura-bowler/ 

Issie Barratt: Jazz Group

In the Jazz Group, we will begin the week by listening to a broad selection of pieces that combine composition with improvisation. We look at how composers communicate their ideas so as to inspire and inform the improvising musicians, as well as getting to know the instruments and instrumentalists the students will be writing for. Then begins the exciting exploration of their own creative ideas and how to communicate these to a professional sextet (Trumpet/Flugel, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Piano, Bass and Drums)! They each compose a 3-minute piece that is performed live and recorded at the end of the week. We’re very much looking forward to working with them and sharing in their creative ideas. It’s always a truly magical week!



Visit Issie's website to find out more: www.issiebarratt.com

Alison Cox: Cross-Cultural Composition Group

New Music Resounds! Young composers explore a fascinating range of starting points based around improvisation, graphic and non-standard notation, musical ideas from other cultural traditions and sounds from the environment. They work closely with five brilliant musicians representing a range of different cultures, who help them to explore new ideas, write them down, and combine them.



Aidan Goetzee: Music and Sound for the Moving Image

Students in the film group are able to experience their music bringing to life the meanings, emotions and dramas lying dormant in a short film! By working with a small group of instrumentalists, they develop their film scores using the huge range of sounds and processing possible on recording and computer technology. Writing in any style, students create, explore and extend their sonic language using everything from noise through to music; they develop techniques and approaches to writing extended passages of film music. Combining live with pre-recorded work, they compose, record, mix, master and synchronise their original score to film!


David Horne: Advanced Instrumental Composition Group

In my group, we introduce the students to the fantastic sound possibilities different instruments have in order to help them create original and thrilling music! They receive feedback on their music from myself and the other musicians as well as working with other prominent visiting composers. We look at examples of innovative music from the 20th century and use them as an inspiration for composition; the students pick up some great tricks and 'trade secrets' for starting and continuing a piece, and finally, building it into a creation that they are satisfied with.



Visit David's website to find out more: www.davidhorne.co.uk

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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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With many thanks to the generous supporters of the Summer School

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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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