Junior EYSM

JUNIOR is the younger sibling of EYSM! Children aged 8 – 12 can take part in three fun filled days of music making, with a final night performance to parents and friends.

An instrumental course including Piano, Vocal, Composition, Improvisation and more

About Junior

Junior EYSM offers a range of opportunities for ensemble and solo work. See FAQs or email Jacqui on [email protected] to ask any questions you have about how Junior would suit your child. 

Day Places

Monday 29 July to Wednesday 31 July 2019

09:00 to 19:30 on Monday and Tuesday, ending 20:00 on Wednesday

RESIDENTIAL PLACES

Residential Juniors are asked to arrive the day before, so they can be settled in their rooms.  They can register at any time from 15:00 to 17:00 on Sunday 28 July.

PERFORMANCES

There will be final-night performances of Juniors and their ‘buddies’ from the main EYSM course. There is no charge for parents/friends at these performances.

Residential Places

Payable as a deposit of £100 on application, then a second payment of £195 in April/May. This can be paid in 3 instalments of £65.

£295
  • Full Board
  • Full Tuition

Day Places

Payable as a deposit of £45 on application, then a second payment of £135 when requested in April/May. This can be paid in 3 instalments of £45.

£180
  • 3 Meals Provided
  • Full Tuition

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A Typical Day

This outline may vary as we work very much to the strengths and aspirations of the young people on Junior each year and include individual attention. The course develops day by day

09:10
09:50
10:00
10:40
11:00
11:45
11:55
12:40
14:00
14:45
16:30
17:15
18:15
19:00
19:30

Percussion

Break

Choir

Break

Junior Orchestra

Break

Jazz

Lunch

Chill out time or Sport with House-staff

Composition

Break

Time built in for orchestra-watching, or joining ensemble groups with buddies

Singing and Signing

(A song for the deaf)

World Music

Supper

Some short rehearsals/tutorials/orchestra-watching

Close of the day

except on the final night, which will be at 20:00 after the performance

09:10

Percussion

09:50

Break Time

10:00

Choir

10:40

Break Time

11:00

Junior Orchestra

11:45

Break Time

11:55

Jazz

12:40

Lunch time

Chill out time or Sport with House-staff

14:00

Composition

14:45

Break Time

Time built in for orchestra-watching, or joining ensemble groups with buddies

16:30

Singing and Signing

(A song for the deaf)

17:15

World Music

18:15

Supper

19:00

Some short rehearsals/tutorials/orchestra-watching

19:30

Close of the day

except on the final night, which will be at 20:00 after the performance

Junior Tutors

Steve Dummer

Junior Course Leader

Steve is the inspirational leader of Junior EYSM.  He is Musical Director of Talkestra which is ‘Strongly recommended’ by the BBC. Talkestra performances feature a ‘tour’ of the music, to give a better starting point for listening while making the atmosphere of the concert hall much less intimidating. Talkestra is in great demand for concerts and education work around the country. 

Recent projects for Talkestra have included Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons with Nicola Loud and recorder concertos with Piers Adams.  
Steve has conducted orchestras across the UK and presently is the conductor of the Horsham and Worthing Symphony Orchestras. He also leads the Orchestral Workshop courses at Dartington
Summer School and the National Strings and Wind Workshop in Scotland.

Simon Limbrick

Percussion | Composition

As a virtuoso percussionist, Simon has worked from the Wigmore and Festival Halls to multi-cultural festivals in Tower Hamlets. Using mixed-media he has created performances for the stage and TV. He regularly works with traditional and contemporary musicians and work and performances in Europe and the USA across a wide range of cultures brings a depth of knowledge of traditions and cultures to his work at EYSM.

He has been in demand as a percussionist performing all over the world. He has been guest principal with the LSO and worked under conductors, Leonard Bernstein, Oliver Knussen, Simon Rattle and Tom Ades.

Neill Oldham

Vocal | Performance

Neill trained as a pianist and clarinettist at Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds, before post-graduate studies at Durham University.  Neill has directed many instrumental ensembles and choirs and run foreign tours. Previously a Director of Music & Head of Expressive Arts in a North West Arts College for more than 10 years, then Director of Student Services at Blackpool Aspire Academy where he led the Pastoral Team, Neill is now Headteacher of Highfurlong School.  This school is for students who need educational support; often with the help of music. 

Tutors from the EYSM course support Juniors too.  If you want to know who might be helping you with work for the Junior Orchestra. or instrumental group, click here to see the instrumental tutors’ list and find your instrument.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

JUNIOR is the younger sibling of EYSM!!  We had lots of enquiries from parents of younger children so we created ‘JUNIOR’.

At St Catherine’s, alongside the main EYSM course. 

JUNIORS have dedicated tutoring and be involved in small ensembles, choirs, percussion workshops with the option of solo singing and playing.

None, it’s a creative course, though you can work on one of your own pieces if you like.  You will learn about composition and create a own musical piece for the end-of-course performance; you will sing, and sign, a song, and prepare other performances. There will be Percussion, World Music and other exciting new things each day. 

If you are a high flyer who has already played in lots of ensembles, then you may spend quite a bit of time playing with ‘buddies’ from the EYSM course who join the Junior Orchestra and ensemble groups. If you have not had a lot of experience of playing with others, then you may concentrate on the Junior Orchestra and enjoy World Music and Composition best. Each JUNIOR will have a full and individual programme so s/he achieves good things, whilst really enjoying the fun atmosphere of this summer course.

No! There will be fun things organised and free time each day. Junior has its own house-staff (pastoral helpers) who will organise activities which like Rounders – Party Games – Treasure Hunt – Movies – and lots more!

Yes, you will perform for family, friends, tutors, teachers, and all the EYSM students and their tutors. 

We will let you know right away; it’s a first-come first-served course, advertised only by word of mouth and on this website, with up to 20 places.

Yes you will – and we are always at the end of the telephone/email if you have questions in the meantime.

Meals are in the Dining Hall and the food is hot and cold buffets, with choice at every meal, there’s also a pasta bar, vegetarian options and we cater for all food allergies.

They are all involved in music performance and all hold enhanced DBS disclosures. Their job descriptions are available to parents on request and our safeguarding policy will be sent out with the course pack. House-staff cover a range of ages, some are young adults who have been on the course in previous years and want to give something back. Others are older. All have special skills and most are either qualified teachers or nurses.  

House-staff make sure that Juniors have lots to do and have rest time too. House-staff meet each day to report on the welfare of Juniors. If there are any problems we deal with them in full consultation with parents / guardians / carers.  Oh, and, house-staff not only organise Juniors’ leisure activities, they join in them too.

Read the section on bursaries at the bottom of the ‘Costs’ page.

Yes, you can either pay all at once in April, when you receive the course pack, or by instalments in April, May, June and July. If you apply late, you should ask about late instalments.

We will respond to you within 48 hours.

Yes you will. There will be lots of information and you can also telephone or email.

Comfortable clothes for playing instruments and playing games. For the concerts you will need a white shirt and black trousers or black jeans. You will need towels but bedding is provided.

Twin, triple rooms or small ‘dorms’ – according to numbers and ages. Shower blocks have single cubicles and plenty of toilets. Meals are in the Dining Hall and the food is hot and cold buffets with choice at every meal. There are vegetarian options and we can cater for all food allergies.

They are the pastoral staff who look after you when you are not in rehearsal. All involved in music performance and all hold enhanced DBS disclosures. Their job descriptions are available to parents on request and our Safeguarding Policy is sent out with the course pack. They cover a range of ages, some are young adults who have been on the course in previous years and want to give something back. Others are older. All have special skills and most are either qualified teachers or nurses.

– Young people join us from across the world
– The range of experience is exciting
– We play a huge amount of music throughout the week
– The Conductors and Tutors are amazing
– We create stunning performances, whilst having so much fun