Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to welcome young brass and wind students for packed summer of performance

Thursday 16 May 2019

One of the world’s leading horn players is to visit the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as part of a busy summer of courses to inspire the next generation of aspiring brass, woodwind and percussion players.

Scotland’s national conservatoire throws open its doors to welcome emerging talent from across the country for its Brass Summer Schools and the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland (NYWES), with entries still open.

NYWES will meet under the baton of Musical Director, Kevin Price and a respected team of performers and educators, rehearsing intensively before performing in concert at Scotland’s national conservatoire.

RCS Visiting Artist Saar Berger, of Ensemble Modern, will work with students across the institution’s brass summer schools. He will be joined by a dedicated team of renowned tutors including Head of Brass, John Logan, for the courses at the institution.

John Logan said: “Summer is a special time at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as welcome the next generation of talented performers to our brass summer schools.

“A world-renowned team of tutorial staff will be on hand to guide students on a wide range of areas including technique, musicianship and repertoire, along with our distinguished Visiting Artist, Saar Berger. Places are still available but I would encourage anyone who may be interested to get in touch soon to avoid disappointment.”

·         The Advanced Brass Summer School caters for players of minimum Grade Seven standard. It runs from 22-26 July and is designed for enthusiastic brass players who want to develop high level performance skills and learn in a conservatoire setting. Participants take part in daily performance classes and masterclasses with specialist teachers, with time split between one-to-one lessons and ensemble lessons. It will culminate in an informal sharing of work for family and friends.

·         The Junior Brass Summer School runs from 24-26 July and welcomes players of Grade Four standard upwards. Those taking part develop a greater awareness of the physical aspects of playing a brass instrument. They also deepen understanding of the communication skills needed by the player and develop knowledge of repertoire.

·         The National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland is open to talented young woodwind, brass and percussion musicians, giving them the opportunity to learn from some of the country’s most gifted teachers and performers at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The intensive summer school runs from 13-19 July and is for musicians at minimum Grade Six level, rehearsing and performing in an intense, nurturing environment. An Intermediate level ensemble is open to musicians working from Grades three to five.

Anyone who wishes to take part in a Summer School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland while facing a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees. More information is at: rcs. ac. uk/lifelong/financialsupport

Book places for Brass Summer Schools or NYWES now

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