About EYSM

EYSM is an international residential summer school for young orchestral instrumentalists aged 11-21. The course takes place annually over a week during the school summer holidays, and offers a wide variety of activities to appeal to musicians from all walks of life. For more information, please use the menu for more information about the course.

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In 2018 students came to EYSM from England, Scotland, Croatia, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Hong Kong, the USA

EYSM offers a range of opportunities for both orchestral and small ensemble musicianship. See FAQs or contact us for any further questions you may have.

Day Places

Sunday 28th July to Saturday 3nd August 2019

Day students can take part in any ensembles and activities enjoyed by their fellow residential students

RESIDENTIAL PLACES

Residential students have the option to arrive the night before and stay an extra night after the course, giving an opportunity to travel from further afield. Students stay in 2 – 3 bed rooms or small ‘dorms’, with single shower cubicles.

PERFORMANCES

Performances begin on Friday evening with informal showcases of chamber ensembles formed during the week. EYSM Ensembles all feature in the Saturday performances. All are open to friends and family

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Others have spoken about the fantastic musical opportunities but, for me, EYSM was far more than that. EYSM was about friendship. The friends that I made at ESYM have remained. So what if we only ever saw each other for one glorious week a year? It is the testament of a solid friendship that we were always able to carry on right where we left off. Back in the days before Facebook or even mobile phones I wrote and received letters from fellow EYSMers – reminiscing for the first few months and brimming with anticipation for the rest of the year. All these years later, nothing has changed except the technology.
PETER HOSKINS-HOLT
Viola
My first ever memory of EYSM has to be going for the first time and arriving in a new place and not knowing a single person; it was scary but soon forgotten. I guess that is one of the magic powers of EYSM! Everyone coming together to share one passion; to create fantastic music and to meet other like-minded musicians. I will always remembering playing new pieces like “The Hymn to The Beauty that was” and being told the story behind the piece; and “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” when Conductor Andy wore shades and came into the concert with two bodyguards! Looking back now at the wonderful years I had at EYSM, I can certainly say the skills and experiences I learned and encountered at EYSM have helped me get to where I am today. Long may it continue!
BENJAMIN GEORGE
Euphonium

A Typical Day

Each day will vary as according to rehearsal needs, as such this is only a rough example.

07:15
08:15
09:00
10:40
11:00
12:40
13:15
14:20
16:20
17:15
18:00
19:00
20:00
21:15

Morning Options

Samba Percussion, Gospel Choir or Alexander Technique

Breakfast

Rehearsals

Full orchestras or sectionals with instrumental tutors

Break

Rehearsals

Full orchestras or sectionals with instrumental tutors

Lunch

Leisure Activities

- sport with the house-staff like football/rounders

- swimming, tennis, outdoor chess

- or time to relax

Rehearsals

Full orchestras or sectionals with instrumental tutors

Course Choir

Choir for all students

Option 1

A variety of musical activities to choose from;

Chamber Music / Chamber Choir / Brass Ensembles / World Music / Improvisation

Supper

Option 2

A variety of musical activities to choose from;

Chamber Music / Wind Ensembles / Musical Theatre / Big Band

Leisure Activities

e.g, Tutors’ concert / Students’ Revue / In-course Concerts / Line Dancing / It's a Knockout, etc

Bedtimes according to age

07:15

Morning Options

Samba Percussion, Gospel Choir or Alexander Technique

08:15

Breakfast

09:00

Rehearsals

Full orchestras or sectionals with instrumental tutors

10:40

Break Time

11:00

Rehearsals

Full orchestras or sectionals with instrumental tutors

12:40

Lunch time

13:15

Leisure Activities

- sport with the house-staff like football/rounders

- swimming, tennis, outdoor chess

- or time to relax

14:20

Rehearsals

Full orchestras or sectionals with instrumental tutors

16:20

Course Choir

Choir for all students

17:15

Option 1

A variety of musical activities to choose from;

Chamber Music / Chamber Choir / Brass Ensembles / World Music / Improvisation

18:00

Supper

19:00

Option 2

A variety of musical activities to choose from;

Chamber Music / Wind Ensembles / Musical Theatre / Big Band

20:00

Leisure Activities

e.g, Tutors’ concert / Students’ Revue / In-course Concerts / Dance Night / It's a Knockout, etc

21:15

Bedtimes according to age