About the Summer School

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The SaM Summer School is a unique week long course for 14-18 year olds who want to create new and original music. 

DATES: 5 - 11 AUGUST 2018


Register your interest for the 2018 course by filling in this form - you will be the first to know when applications open!



"Without this course I would never have realised that I could be a composer."

Now in its tenth year, the celebrated SaM Summer School, is the only residential course of its kind in the UK for young creators and composers aged 14-18, devised by Sound and Music the national charity for new music, in partnership with The Purcell School of Music 

Our Summer School gives you an opportunity to explore and develop your musical ideas, be inspired by your peers and try new areas of musical creation; from composing for film to writing for voices – you can stretch your imagination and ours too.  

You will spend a week at the world renowned Purcell School of Music with 75 other young composers, working with the most talented tutors and professional musicians in the UK today; from new media to jazz and everything in between, you will be surrounded by a wealth of experience and expertise.  

Find out more about the tutor groups here>>


"I was around such talented individuals that I felt more inspired to create something great." 

At SaM we aim to challenge perceptions and encourage creativity – we love to hear and share new music, and innovative approaches and thinking. 

During the residential, you will be able to work in your own style of music-making, whilst also working with other composers and musicians to explore new and different ways of making music; from experimental vocal to conventionally notated.  

At the end of the week, your new musical creation will be performed at a live, preview event, plus you will receive a recording of the piece of work you have created! 


“The tutors were all so professional and treated us with so much respect. They were so inspirational” 

SaM Summer School takes place (5 -11 Augustat The Purcell School for Young Musicians, the oldest specialist Music School in the UK based in Bushey, Hertfordshire; where you will eat, sleep and create alongside your new friends.  

You can get to the Purcell School by train or car and we will send full details and directions to everyone who is participating. A minibus shuttle service will also be operating during the week between Watford Junction station and the school.  

On Friday evening and Saturday,  preview performances will take place for friends, family and guests – to hear what you have created and celebrate your experiences.  


“One of the best things I’ve ever done in my life” 

If you are a talented young composer, enthusiastic about learning and interested in joining us, we would love to hear from you!  



Here at SaM we are determined that everyone who is accepted on the course should be able to attend regardless of their family’s circumstances.  

It costs £450 to attend the SaM Summer School; this includes all tutoring, accommodation, food and activities throughout the week.  

We are committed to supporting young talented composers and we have bursaries and scholarship support available for students, whether you are from a low or higher income background.  As a guide, young people from families on low incomes claiming benefits will not be expected to pay anything. 

If you have any questions about the cost of the SaM Summer School then please contact us and we will be happy to talk to you – we really do want to help you to come and have the most amazing week of music-making! 


If you would like to talk about you application please contact Judith Robinson on 020 7759 1800 // judith.robinson@soundandmusic.org 

The Sound and Music Summer School has been made possible through generous support and contributions from: 

The Monument Trust // The Bliss Trust // Arts Council



Sound and Music is the national charity for new music.  

Our vision is to create a world where new music and sound prospers, transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating the work of its creators. 

** When we refer to composers we mean anyone who creates their own original piece of music. ** 



Arts Award      Taking part in the SaM Summer School can contribute to your Arts Award. 

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We also provide Steve Martland scholarships to our Summer School. To find out more: click here. 

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