Monday concludes with a relaxing barbecue where delegates can get to know each other better in the relaxed surroundings of Malvern College’s Gryphon Room.
Full Access to Gym and Pool Facilities
There will be masterclasses during the week. In the past these have covered topics such as performance anxiety, breathing, practice regimes, banding overseas, pushing the boundaries of our instruments, use of percussion in bands and how to tame your chimp (you had to be there for that one!)
The delegates concert is an increasingly popular event on the timetable. It gives anyone that wants to the chance to get up and perform a solo, duet or ensemble piece to the tutors and other delegates in a friendly non-judgemental environment. It’s not compulsory to perform, but since its introduction, we have found that most delegates like to take the chance to have a go and over the years it’s been great to see people’s confidence improve. We bring in an experienced pianist for delegates that require piano accompaniment.
Introduced a few years ago, this session, run by experienced conductor and adjudicator David Hirst is a chance to play a small selection of pieces from years past. David’s not looking for a note-perfect performance… the aim is to try and lift the lid on some of these historically important pieces, practice sight reading and learn a little of the history behind them.
The summer school school tutors are leading exponents of their instruments and this concert showcases their skills. The result is a public concert at Shirebrook Academy where they get a chance to show why we hold them in such high esteem. Members of the public are able to attend this free event and we encourage delegates to invite local friends and family as well as members of the local banding community.
End of course concert
This is a formal concert where again members of the public, local bands, friends and families are welcome to attend. The venue will be the ‘Big School’ Hall at Malvern College, which will provide a fitting end to what will be a memorable week.1