Summer's (nearly) here!

I don’t know about you but Wimbledon, multiple summer concerts and of course the beginning of Summer School always herald the end of term for me.

Summer School started last Saturday and despite a slightly slower start to applications coming in this year we have reached a total of 360 pupils who will be attending courses throughout July and into early August. Many courses still have room for a few more students so do please continue to promote as late applications will be accepted.

In total 18 courses will take place, each building towards a celebration performance. The informal, friendly atmosphere always marks Summer School apart from other activities and it’s great to see (and hear) happy young musicians at BHMA and at the other venues that we are using this year: Brighton College, Brighton & Hove High School and Varndean School.

Most of the teachers involved often say how much they enjoy Summer School and if you’ve never taken part or would like to know more about this fantastic annual opportunity, please do come along to one of the concerts. All courses end in informal performances at 3.30pm on the last day (see website for more details: ) or there are two evening concerts which you are warmly invited to:

Violin & Cello Group and Wind & Brass Group Friday 14 July 6.30 – 7.30pm, Brighton & Hove High School, Montpelier Road, Brighton, BN1 3AT Summer Strings and Summer Wind Band Wednesday 19 July 7.00 – 8.00pm, Varndean School, Balfour Road, Brighton, BN1 6NP

I am always amazed at the progress made by students during Summer School courses. Though on reflection, a 2-day course equates to 10 hours contact time, or a term’s worth of tuition; which gives pupils a chance to significantly further skills and enhance motivation as we move into the summer holiday. Much like end of term concerts (many of which I’m sure you have been working towards), Summer School is also a positive and celebratory way to end the academic year.

Last Saturday also saw several performances at Music Centre and the combined end of year concert for Brighton Youth Orchestra, Big Band and Percussion Ensemble. The concert was held at The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA), an incredible place to play! The facilities there are state of the art and we are keen to work with ACCA to find other opportunities to use this fantastic space for future events and performances.

I hope that you and your pupils are also able to look back on a rewarding musical year and I wish you all a very enjoyable summer break!

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