EYSM is an international summer course with residential or day places for orchestral instrumentalists, singers and composition students aged 11-21 years. Young people come to EYSM not only from the UK and Europe but from all over the world. It takes place for a week each year during UK school summer holidays at St Catherine’s School, Bramley, Surrey.
EYSM has 4 main orchestras and a wide variety of musical activities for young musicians at differing stages of playing experience. Required standards are from Grade 5 to post Diploma (or equivalent for overseas students who do not take graded exams). There is no audition for the course.
Check out how all this works by reading the FAQs in the About EYSM section, where you can also find the sample daily timetable and other key information. You can also watch conductors, tutors, students and others talking about EYSM in short videos spread across the website.
There are 10–12 vocal places at EYSM which will be filled with applicants across the range of voices to create a balanced ensemble. Vocal students work on solo, ensemble and choral pieces and also on vocal technique and development.
All EYSM orchestral and vocal students sing in Course Choir, which has a short rehearsal each day. Also, each day, there are vocal Option sessions for all, which include Chamber Choir and Musical Theatre. Vocal students are particularly asked choose Chamber Choir, in the first Option session each day.
During the week students choose from a range of extra performing opportunities each day. Often it is the chance to try something they have never tried before, or a chance to increase their skills and experience in a favourite musical activity.
Options take place in the morning before rehearsals; in the late afternoon at the close of rehearsals, then straight after the evening meal, before leisure activities.
Take a look at the Typical Day for more information.