Sound and Music Summer School

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2 – 8 August 2020
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Applications for Sound and Music Summer School 2020 are now closed. Young composers looking for opportunities to learn from professionals can still get involved throughout the week with our Lunchtime Masterclass programme.

Given the current situation surrounding COVID-19, we are running the week as an entirely digital learning experience.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us directly. For more details on the application process and what you'll need, please see our 'How to Apply' section.

What is it?

The Sound and Music Summer School is a week-long residential that gives you the opportunity to explore and develop your musical creativity. Whether you’re into songwriting or jazz, film music or classical, this is your chance to take things to the next level. Be inspired by professional composers, musicians and your peers; experience new areas of musical creation from composing for moving image to writing for the voice and expand the limits of your imagination!

How does it work?

During the residential, you’ll 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. At the end of the week, your new piece of music will be performed by professional musicians and you’ll receive a recording of the piece of work you have created!

Who is it for? 

SaM Summer School is for young composers and creative musicians aged 14-18. You need to be a UK resident or a UK citizen living overseas. As this is such a unique week, we may give priority to people who haven’t been before over those who have attended two previous Summer Schools.

Where, when, how much?

This year, because of the current social distancing rules, we will be running the Summer School in a totally digital format. This means that you will be able to take part in an intensive and inspirational week, connecting with our tutors and musicians online. There will also be time to connect with your fellow young composers virtually too!

The week still takes place from the 2 – 8 August 2020 and we have adjusted the cost of the Summer School to £250. We know that many families' finances have been hit hard in current times, so there are bursaries available to anyone who needs help with the cost.

Need some support?

We are determined that everyone who is accepted on the course should be able to attend regardless of their family’s financial circumstances. We are also highly conscious that many families may have lost income as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, and want to ensure we support you wherever we can. Contact us if you would like more information on how we can help.

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 to have a chat about how we can best help you make the most of the week. Visit our Contact and Support page.

Want to apply? 

Applications for 2020 have now re-opened; please see our 'How to Apply' page for more information. You’ll need to provide us with some information about yourself and your experience as a composer or music creator, and have a piece of music in a written format to share with us.

Please contact for further information on the application process, or for questions about our virtual Summer School.

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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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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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