The Summer School of the Workers' Music Association 21-27 August 2017
'A great spirit and kind, sincere appreciation of what everyone brings.'
'Wonderful to be part of such a talented, creative community.'
'The opportunity to push myself, try new things, improve myself and make new friends.'
'A fabulous and intense week of music. I can’t wait for next summer!'
A unique opportunity to indulge your musicality at a summer school that offers a wide variety of music styles from opera to folk, brass to jazz, orchestra to ceilidh, composition to choir.
The Seventy-First Annual WMA Summer School will be held at Ingestre Hall in Staffordshire. You can see Ingestre Hall by visiting www.ingestrearts.org.uk Ingestre Hall is a residential centre for Performing Arts and is owned by Sandwell Council. Set in beautiful surroundings, it is eight miles from Stafford and is easily accessible from the M6 motorway. The tutors from the 2016 Summer School have all agreed to return in 2017.
The WMA Summer School of Music is run as a mutual society. Our only aim is to provide a supportive and co- operative environment for all who attend, to allow each person to achieve their musical goal. Our experienced tutors give their time and expertise solely to help students find the satisfaction of discovering their potential and developing their skills.
Our Summer School
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.
PRICES FOR 2017
Single Room - £500
Twin/small shared with - £470
Shared Room - £440
Camping (limited availability) - £440
Day student - £220
Early bird discount of £20 per person for bookings made with deposit (£60) by March 31st 2017