Whoosh! Space-themed summer course blasts off
We had a cosmically wonderful time at our Young Musicians’ Summer Course this year!
The course took place at Mycenae House and was fully booked, with over twenty children aged 5-11 joining us for a week of creative music-making led by Greenwich Music School Director and pianist Bethan Scolding, together with GMS teacher and flautist Fiona Long and guest teachers Angela, Júlia, Martha and Wilf.
A rocket-fueled space theme inspired creative work throughout the week, and each day included creative exploring, composing and improvising activities, a singing and musicianship session, instrument taster sessions, musical games and performances - as well as time enjoying the beautiful gardens!
Photos © by Andreas Grieger
Professional musicians gave live demonstrations of violin, piano, guitar or flute before the class tried out an instrument themselves, and even made their own unique instruments using boxes, plastic cups, tape, elastic bands and dried lentils.
The course ended with a special concert for family and friends - we listened to singing in unison and in parts, percussion orchestra performances drawing together the week’s work on ostinato, crescendo and how to follow a conductor, and brand new melodies and compositions created by the children and performed on guitar, violin, piano, flute and chime bars.
Over the summer we also ran our first rock band course, family choir sessions, a four week mini-term of early years and pre-school courses for ages 0-4, and taster sessions for children and adults to try piano and ukulele.
If you’d like to join us on our next holiday course please click here to register your interest.
Thanks to the generosity of donors we were able to offer financial assistance for places on this course, so that children participated who would not otherwise have been able to.
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All photos © by Andreas Grieger