Founded on the same principles and aspirations as our parent organisation, the Workers' Music Association, the Summer School aims to bring together musicians and music lovers from all walks of life and all levels of achievement, to share and develop their musical interests and to discover and learn new ones. Everyone's contribution is valued and every form of good live music is celebrated.
The School offers a full and varied range of courses and students are free to choose as many sessions as the timetable will allow for, making their week as intensive or as relaxed as they wish.
In addition to the daytime course sessions there is a busy programme of evening activities and social events.
There are ample opportunities for solo and ensemble performance, both in the evening concerts and more informally during coffee and tea breaks. Many students say that it's at the Summer School that they first find the confidence and encouragement to perform before an audience. However, no pressure is exerted to persuade anyone to sing or play as a soloist if they prefer the reassurance of staying within the group.
Often enthusiasts for musical genres not included in the formal curriculum will form groups and practise together, usually after breakfast before the start of the official timetable. Some highly successful examples of these extra-curricular groups have included recorders, trad jazz, Klezmer music and the performance of pieces written by students in the Composition Course.
Aside from the musical experience, many students enjoy the morning yoga sessions led by Anna, our qualified yoga teacher.