Incredible. The second group to perform on the final day were the Instrumental Group, lead by David Horne and accompanied by musicians Richard Harwood (Cello), Tom Kemp (Violin), Hannah Grayson (Flute) and Anna Hashimoto (Clarinet). The compositions presented by the students were jaw-dropping. I found myself (much like the audience) completely stunned by the intricacy […]

The final day of the Summer School commenced with performances from the Vocal composition group, and I think it’s safe to say everyone was blown away! The majority of students within this group had never written specifically for the voice before (as in, entirely for the voice – the only other instrument used was a […]

Woah. That was quite something. The audience has been spoilt by the quality of the Film Group’s recitals this evening! Each student had a three minute long clip that a live ensemble performed in real time to the moving image. The compositions evoked an array of emotions, each and every one receiving an enormous round […]

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 […]

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 […]

I can honestly say that my week at the Sound and Music Summer School has been one of the best weeks of my life! I was in the advanced instrumental group. It was great to work with such talented musicians they were an inspiration and changed my perspective and approach towards composing. At the beginning of […]

Well – what a week! I’ve been on the Jazz course at the Sound and Music Summer School and I have loved every moment of it. I found working with composers, artists and tutors truly inspiring! I have learnt such a lot in such a small space of time. Issie and the musicians were all […]

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 […]

Written by Pasha Mansurov Pasha is the flautist on the film music course It’s all happening now! Today was the first day of recording material for the films and I was genuinely overwhelmed by the musical ideas from the pupils. Having now taught at this course for 6 years (I consider myself a veteran) it always […]

Hello! My name is Anna, I’m a clarinettist, and I’m one of the musicians supporting David Horne’s group during the upcoming Sound And Music Summer School. It’s great to be asked along again – a few years back I was a musician for Alison Cox’s group and have many wonderful memories from that week! Having […]

The Sound and Music Summer School is my favourite teaching gig of the year. For six years now, I have led the Composing for Voices group, with 14-18 year olds composing for voice and instruments or a cappella voices, and am always excited to get on the train to Watford again with my merry band […]

Pre course thoughts from Aidan Goetzee. We are days away from the 2015 Sound and Music summer course. I’ve more or less chosen the films that the students are going to be working with. Each person in my group is going to be working with a different film and I have to get the variety […]