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Grand Union Orchestra – Summer School, August 2018







Monday 30th July – Thursday 2nd August 2018

The fifth Grand Union annual residential Summer School will take place in the wonderfully spacious Writtle University College and its idyllic surroundings, near Chelmsford in Essex. It will run for four days, beginning lunchtime Monday, July 30th, and concluding on Thursday afternoon August 2nd with a concert of the work created during the course.

The course will be led by musicians from the Grand Union Orchestra, many of them also featured in that article. They represent all the world’s major musical traditions, into which they were born and bred; internationally-fêted performers in their own right, they are also great communicators and charismatic workshop leaders.

The course is open to young musicians aged 12 to 21 who wish to learn more about world music techniques first-hand from experts and develop their creative and improvisational skills. Players of non-European instruments are especially welcome, and we also encourage multi-instrumentalists.

For full details about the course, and how to book your place visit the Grand Union Orchestra website here

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Hackney Choral Courses – July, 2018

Hackney Choral Courses – Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th July 2018

St Paul’s West Hackney, 182 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7UY

Make new friends from different schools, have fun, and gain new skills. The Hackney Choral Courses are for children aged 8-15 and are led by professional musicians and teachers who have worked with choirs all over the world. Learn amazing music to sing in a concert at the end of the course. No prior experience needed. Places cost £3 per day per child/£5 per family. Full bursaries available. Food included, and music copies can be taken home.

Breakfast club from 8.30am

Rehearsals begin at 9.30am

To book and for more information, email or visit the Hackney Choral Courses website here

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Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust – Summer School

Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust – Music Summer School, Monday 23rd – Friday 27th July 2017

Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust (HYOT) has been providing music tuition for 6-21 year olds at our Saturday Music School in Hackney since 1990.

For the 4 th year, we will be holding a Music Summer School at Berger Primary School (Anderson Road, LondonE9 6HB) from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th July 2018. The Summer School has 50 places for students from Hackney and nearby schools. Students need to be a minimum of 8 years old.

There will be a range of group music activities, allowing students to learn new music skill and develop their existing ones as well as have lots of fun. These activities will include orchestra, group sessions, choir, music appreciation classes as well as playground activities with our youth worker. Each day there will be a supervised lunch break for students. Students will need to bring a packed lunch.

For more information and to register for the course, visit the HYOT website here

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Girls Rock London – Music Camp, August 2018












Girls Rock London: Monday, July 3oth – Saturday, August 4th, BSix College, Clapton

Girls Rock London is a six day music project where girls aged 11-16 will develop the tools to write their own song and perform it in a concert to family and friends.

It runs from 10am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, with a showcase concert on the Saturday. All participants will have the chance to work on and perform vocals, as well as learning the basics in guitar, bass, drums, electronics or keyboard. Everyone will then be allocated an instrument to focus on for the week, and form a band with other girls in the camp. The camp will also include a range of workshops on topics aimed at raising girls’ confidence and self-esteem.

There are 25 places on the camp. All tutors on the camp are music industry professionals with extensive experience of working with children in diverse settings. We take safeguarding and child protection seriously and work hard to ensure that young people at our camps have a safe, supportive and fun week

For more information about the course, visit the Girls Rock London website here

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Why everyone should learn the piano?

Every house used to have a piano. Every pub used to have a piano. Piano was used to entertain: for solos, for piano duets, to accompany other instruments and most often to bash out the chords whilst everyone sang along. People had piano lessons but people also taught themselves. In this concert, Yshani Perinpanayagam and Kids’ Concert Company founder Holly Cullen-Davies with their broad range of expertise will celebrate the piano and all of its uses ranging from serious classical repertoire to improvising on the spot based on songs of your choice. If your child is having piano lessons but you sometimes wonder where it is all leading this is the place to find out more.
Yshani is pianist of the Del Mar Piano Trio and company pianist of Rambert Dance Company where she is currently Music Director for Ben Duke’s Goat.  She was Music Director for circus troupe Circa at the Barbican and Assistant Music Director for the Royal Opera House west end transfer of Wind in the Willows, featuring CHROMA ensemble. She also performs with Olivier award winning show Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. Yshani was winner of the 10th Yamaha Birmingham Accompanist of the Year Award.

Holly Cullen-Davies started doing concerts for children with the Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots series. She went on to run children’s concerts at The Little Missenden festival and Hebden Bridge piano Festival. She founded the Kids’ Concert Company in 2017. You can see her talking about it 
Time & Location
June 24th, 2018 at 3:30pm GMT .To book tickets see the link here.
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Wonderful Woodwind











In this concert, we will meet renowned players Uchenna Ngwe on oboe and Rowland Sutherland on flute. If you were thinking of your child taking up a woodwind instrument you definitely need to know about the oboe and flute. With music from Peter and the Wolf, to Debussy (whose 100th anniversary we celebrate this year), to Jazz and music by lesser known composers such as Madeleine Dring, this will be a fantastically educational introduction to these instruments with the usual chances for children to respond with singing, dancing, drawing and asking questions.

“Flautist Rowland Sutherland has a superb sound and technique, and is undoubtedly one of the very best flautists on the British scene.” TIME OUT. 

Rowland regular plays music from classical to Jazz to World, Folk and pop and his concerts have taken him to venues such as Carnegie Hall, North Sea jazz festival and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. He has worked with artists such as Courtney Pine, King Sunny Ade and MC Solaar. He is a professor at Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Uchenna Ngwe is a London-based oboist. Raised in Tottenham in North London, her oboe performances have taken her across Europe as well as Africa and Asia. You can see her playing and talking about her career 
here. She also runs the company Cracked Reed helping musicians to link music, technology and education.

Time & Location
June 17th, 2018 at 3:30pm GMT
Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High St, London E9 6JQ
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