Violinist and Cellist look at one another, Judith Weir and David Horne in the background

Review of Judith Weir’s Workshop, Arts Award 2018 On Tuesday 7th August, the Summer School played host to a performance workshop given by Judith Weir. This event particularly stood out to me, as before I came on the Summer Course I was not particularly fond of new styles of music such as minimalism and contemporary […]

Have you applied to the Sound and Music Summer School yet? If not, now is the time to do so, as applications close 29 March!  Make sure you visit our website in order to apply. The video below provides a brief insight into the accommodation, dining and recreational facilities at the Summer School. Watch as […]

With the wet and rainy weather we’ve had over the last week, the plants have been growing quick and strong over the last couple of days. I’m sure that this is a good omen for the week of compositions which will grow out of the Sound and Music Summer School at the Purcell School in […]

My time at sound and music this year has been unlike any other experience I’ve had – from creating a short vocal piece from the word ‘happiness’ to finger sword-fighting in a theatrical workshop, the week has been full of pleasant surprises. Initially, I didn’t know what to expect. Right from day 1, we’d started […]

After a thrilling few days we have now completed our compositions, and are excited to hear them played in the forthcoming days. However that is only the icing on the cake to such a great week. A highlight of ours has been the intriguing guest speaker talking about gramophones last night. He captivated us all […]

We had a visit from Aleks Kolkowski last night who gave us a really interesting talk about the beginnings of recording technology. We here on the film course, were fascinated (Along with the rest of the course!) and tweeted and made plenty of notes which I thought I’d better pull together into one place! I […]

Ralph Vaughan-Williams – Lark Ascending Le Vent Du Nord Islamic Call to Prayer

Steve Reich – Six marimbas Bernard Hermann – Psycho   Debussy –Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Wagner – THE Tristan Chord

Judith Weir Master of the Queen’s music in Pictures https://t.co/pIGbsD5l9L pic.twitter.com/VCeh9D0ZCj — Sam Summer (@samsummeruk) August 3, 2016 Sam reflects on his time on the instrumental course @Soundandmusic #SAMsummer16 https://t.co/3OhkzeudSm pic.twitter.com/ovETedCfuU — Sam Summer (@samsummeruk) August 3, 2016 British Library sound archive from today's talk…https://t.co/wEX6m2BMlL — Sam Summer (@samsummeruk) August 3, 2016 The saviour of the […]

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We’ve posted this picture before but hadn’t realised its significance. Digging a bit further into the life of Fred Gaisberg (who was the Zelig of the early recording business), the relevance of the photo becomes clear. Thomas Edison invented the phonograph system of recording and playing back sound…

Judith Weir – Jerusalem We were delighted to welcome Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir to today’s Summer School. Many of our pupils have already been inspired by her writing and were delighted to present their compositions to her. She very kindly gave feedback to every student Karlheinz Stockhausen – Stimmung Gavin Bryars – The […]

Thrilled at the prospect of unleashing our various notions and ideas onto Sibelius, we rushed to the computer rooms. We still had ‘mini-workshops’ which have provided us with the opportunity to listen our compositions by the performers, even if the vocal pieces were in the embryonic stages. Workshops such as these additionally enabled me to expand […]

Here’s what took place on twitter from yesterday’s Sound and Music Summer School!   Flexing those vocal cords with @juicevocal @samsummeruk pics from the summer school here https://t.co/fWlKEtdTck https://t.co/sLGfkz5liz — Bright Ivy (@BrightIvyUK) August 3, 2016 Young composers knuckling down to great work @samsummeruk #gocompose pic.twitter.com/tE8qA2NINv — Simon Speare (@simonspeare) August 3, 2016 The deer […]

I had to compose a piece of music in a short amount of time using a short motif given to me as part of the challenge given to me in my key tutor group. It was composed for the violin. The Motif was written in an unconventional way and not using Sibelius. At first I […]

Over the first two days our pupils get to experience a taste of what the other groups are doing at Sound and Music. In the film group pupils finish at a different rate so we asked them to tell us about their experiences, here are their comments … Eleanor Our task was to compose a […]

Jonty tells us how the film taster course went for him… Think of your favourite moment from your favourite movie. I am almost certain that this will be accompanied by a fantastic score which enhances it. The shower scene in Psycho, the famous 2-note riff in Jaws, Darth Vader’s dramatic entrance; they would all fall […]

When you improvise, you have to really feel what you are playing. There are guidelines but these really are just that, guidelines! You can bend them and play with them freely because you are feeling what you are playing and because there isn’t much time to think, it becomes instinctive and you stop having to […]

Monday, at the vocal group, was an attempt to open minds to the vast possibilities of vocal composition. Who needs a score when pictures provide emotional yet also musical communication? We finished with homework to produce an A3 explosion of our piece, to begin our composition with focus and insight.  

Day 2 in pictures: the morning @soundandmusic #SAMsummer16 https://t.co/yPXL4xC4u3 pic.twitter.com/17bIiOdHDF — Sam Summer (@samsummeruk) August 1, 2016 This week I am King Of Beatbox working with young composers alongside @juicevocal at the @samsummeruk #SAMsummer16 pic.twitter.com/mXarm1Xse6 — MaJiKer (@MaJiKer) August 1, 2016 Hope everyones having a brilliant time @samsummeruk #SAMsummer16 gutted I couldn't be there this […]

Day 2 is always a very busy time with key tutor groups working hard along with two taster sessions for everyone. Here is a flavour of what has taken place in each of the tutor groups today. World Music The World Music Group musicians have demonstrated their instruments including pitched Tabla, Nyckelharpa, Marimba and Clarinet. Pupils […]

An Evening With Lucie Treacher, Juice and MajiKer @soundandmusic @lucietreacher @juicevocal… https://t.co/PLGn0mTv7X pic.twitter.com/RUUZQYTj6O — Sam Summer (@samsummeruk) August 1, 2016 Day 1 – Welcomes & Icebreakers https://t.co/A32UXGYMy5 pic.twitter.com/aYWTMM7CdG — Sam Summer (@samsummeruk) August 1, 2016 Day 1 in pictures @soundandmusic @lucietreacher @juicevocal @kj_funk @sarahdaceyuk… https://t.co/iujjKHGdAw pic.twitter.com/O6LUKEE4fJ — Sam Summer (@samsummeruk) July 31, 2016 @juicevocal kick off […]

Lucie talked passionately about her work and wide interests. She started by getting everyone to create an improvisation based around the London Underground map. Getting 70 students to create something new in the first 5 minutes of a lecture is no mean feat! It was a fairly strange feeling to start but quickly produced a quite […]

“It seems like we’ve got a really friendly bunch this year, everyone is chatting and the place is buzzing already!” This was what several young musicians were saying as they walked into this evening concert. The Sound and Music Summer School 2016 started this afternoon with around 75 budding young composers arriving at the Purcell […]

Each year the Sound and Music Summer School is slightly different. Whilst the strands follow similar content and the aims are very continuous, there are a number of different evening workshops and events that take place through the week. These vary from talks by inspiring and influential composers to performances by musicians and even workshops where […]

With just one day to go I can feel the excitement building for this year’s Sound and Music Summer School. I always notice the build up to the course… The phone calls start coming in, the messages asking whether things are possible start arriving and activity around the school increases. All this leads to the excitement […]

Sometimes statistics are dry, but here are some just to demonstrate how much has gone on this week: 1,951 meals served 525 pictures taken, edited and produced 1.91 Gigabytes of images 195 Gigabytes or recordings 92 hours of audio recordings 8 hours of concerts 7 hours of evening workshops 252 taster compositions 954 teabags used (don’t […]

As promised in yesterday’s post, today was an absolute marathon. I thought it would be an idea to look at how the day unfolded through the eyes of the Engineers today. (There will be some student posts about the day coming very soon!) For the three of us (Matti, Ieva and I) it kicked off early. […]

It’s the last full day of composing for some and that has meant that many are going into overdrive mode to get everything finished. There’s a hushed air of concentration across the Purcell School and the IT suite has been full to bursting with composers using sibelius, perfecting their scores, making final adjustments and printing […]

Day 3 in pictures the afternoon session http://t.co/9oftFa99Mu pic.twitter.com/K0MXqLfT2F — Sam Summer (@samsummeruk) August 5, 2015 Busy work on the cross cultural composition. Taken by @thejordanblack @soundandmusic pic.twitter.com/67wdT0Da6o — Sam Summer (@samsummeruk) August 5, 2015 We are inspired #summerschool #takeover #newmusic pic.twitter.com/ZKpxFm5PCH — Sound and Music (@soundandmusic) August 5, 2015 Composers @EHowardComposer and @issiebarratt discuss […]

One of my favourite things about Sound and Music is the amazing mix of evening performances lectures and workshops that are given each day. So far this week we have heard Kuljit Bhamra performing Indian music with his band, Nathaniel Mann – talking about his work with the Pitt Rivers Museum, sound painting with Laura Jurd […]

Fabulous flute sounds, @pasha0305! #purcellalumni https://t.co/TSjGF9M5J2 — The Purcell School (@PurcellSchool) August 4, 2015 No rest for the wicked this morning at @samsummeruk for the vocal group #voiceetcmassive pic.twitter.com/kA8PjzGpuR — Ollie Kaiper-Leach (@Ollie_KLMusic) August 4, 2015 Apparently this instrument is really gourd… #ohdear pic.twitter.com/PDodZUXoxS — Sam Summer (@samsummeruk) August 4, 2015 It's in full swing […]

Jamie This is my second year on Sound and Music Summer School, and it remains an experience I will cherish and remember. It is the highlight of my summer, and it’s great meeting a whole new set of young composers and facing a whole new set of challenges; including translating, composing and integrating a Nigerian […]

Our evening session was delivered by composer Nathaniel Mann. He gave a talk about his work as Composer in Residence at the Pitt Rivers Museum. His theme was along the lines of how to make these objects into music and turn them into a sound world. He approached this in three very different ways. Through a […]

If you’ve missed our twitter action today don’t worry! Here are some highlights… Great things are starting to happen over at our #summerschool @PurcellSchool @samsummeruk – we will be sharing the story with you all wk — Sound and Music (@soundandmusic) August 3, 2015 @kj_funk leads a vocal taster session @samsummeruk, a hive of industry as 15 […]