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Holiday Courses

Holiday Courses 2020

Fancy a week making music during the summer holidays?

Six Courses to choose from:

  • Chamber Orchestra: Musical Director Louise Latham, ages 18+
  • Jazz: Musical Director Simon Lodge, ages 18+
  • Youth Jazz: Musical Director Simon Lodge. For grades 3+, ages 11-18 and students.
  • Training Orchestra: Musical Director Charlotte Curwen. For grades 1-5, ages 7-14.
  • Youth Orchestra: Musical Director Liz Wolski. For grades 5+. Ages 11-18 and students.
  • Junior Singing: No previous experience required. Ages 7-11.

All held at Parkroyal Community School, Lyon Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6QX, running from 10am-4pm each day. There will be an end of week concert at 6pm on the Friday when the musicians from both courses will perform the music they have been learning. The team of tutors comprising professional freelance musicians is fully DBS checked.

Email us using our 'info@...' address stating which course you are interested in attending. We will then send an official registration form:

Chamber Orchestra: Musical Director Louise Latham

Ages 18+ ,10-14 August 2020

The main work studied this week will be Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. You will participate in a mix of sectional and full orchestra rehearsals, musicianship sessions and a lecture workshop about Schubert. Recruitment is on a first come first served basis and there is a maximum of two wind players per instrument so as to retain proper chamber orchestration. You will also learn section specific repertoire and there will be one joint number with the Big Band from the jazz course. There will be a team of professional freelance musicians tutoring you during the week.

Fees are £165 adult (£150 MMC members), and cover the cost of tuition. Please bring your own food and drinks.

Jazz: Musical Director Simon Lodge

Ages 18+, 10-14 August 2020

You will participate in a mix of sectional, small ensemble and full band rehearsals, learning music from a wide range of jazz. There will also be sessions on improvisation, jazz theory and a workshop. There will also be one number for augmented Big Band when you will be joined by the Chamber Orchestra. There will be a team of professional freelance musicians tutoring you during the week.

Fees are £165 adult (£150 MMC members), and cover the cost of tuition. Please bring your own food and drinks.

Youth Jazz: Musical Director Simon Lodge. For grades 3+, ages 11-18 and students.

17-21 August 2020

You will participate in a mix of sectional, small ensemble and full band rehearsals, learning music from a wide range of jazz. There will also be sessions on improvisation, jazz theory and a workshop. There will also be one number for augmented Big Band when you will be joined by the Training Orchestra.

Fees are £140 (£125 MMC members) and cover the cost of tuition. £10 reduction for siblings. Please bring your own food and drinks.

Training Orchestra: Musical Director Charlotte Curwen. For grades 1-5, ages 7-14.

17-21 August 2020

You will participate in a mix of sectional and full orchestra rehearsals, singing, musicianship and masterclass sessions. You will also learn section specific repertoire and there will be one joint number with the Big Band from the jazz course.

Fees are £140, (£125 MMC members) and cover the cost of tuition. £10 reduction for siblings. Please bring your own food and drinks.

Youth Orchestra: Musical Director Liz Wolski. For grades 5+. Ages 11-18 and students.

24-28 August 2020

You will participate in a mix of sectional and full orchestra rehearsals, singing, musicianship and masterclass sessions. You will also learn section specific repertoire and there will be one joint number with the singers from the Junior Singing course.

Fees are £140 (£125 MMC members) and cover the cost of tuition. £10 reduction for siblings. Please bring your own food and drinks.

Four spaces are available at half fees to those aged 14-23 who can come and volunteer at Training Orchestra week.

Junior Singing: No previous experience required. Ages 7-11.

24-28 August 2020

You will participate in a mix of choir rehearsals, musicianship and masterclass sessions. You will also learn music which will be accompanied by the Youth Orchestra.

Fees are £110 (£95 MMC members) and cover the cost of tuition. £10 reduction for siblings. Please bring your own food and drinks.

Check out our photos and reports from previous courses.  2018 , 20172016 and 2015

The courses are intensive. Full, respectful participation is expected. A code of conduct will be issued on registration.

CLOSING DATE FOR REGISTRATIONS IS FRIDAY 26 JUNE 2020