EYSM is an international summer course for students 11-21 years with residential or day places for Orchestral Instrumentalists, Singers, Accompanists and Composition students. 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 6 to post Diploma (or equivalent for overseas students who do not take graded exams). There is no audition for the course.
There are 15-20 vocal places at EYSM and we aim to take applications from across the range of voices to create a balanced ensemble.
Vocal students have the opportunity to work not only as soloists but in collaboration with other singers as part of a number of choirs and ensembles. All vocal students will have the experience of singing with an orchestra as part of the EYSM Course Choir, which rehearses each day, and there are opportunities for all course participants to take part in the Chamber Choir, Gospel Choir and Musical Theatre Option sessions.
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.