Tutor Groups

Sound and Music Summer School 2016

Meet the Key Tutors

Our composers and musicians have expertise in a huge range of music-making from conventionally-notated music to electronic music and from jazz to music for film. During the week, successful applicants work in a group with composers and musicians who can work with students on both their preferred style of music-making,  alongside providing the opportunity to try out different styles and traditions.

Kerry Andrew: Vocal Group 

In the vocal group we write almost exclusively for the voice. This year, we're joined by Anna Snow and Sarah Dacey of experimental a cappella trio, ‘Juice’, and vocalist/songwriter/arranger Ben See, with help from composer Edwin Hiller and actor/composer/writer Ollie Kaiper-Leach. Together, we help show the students how much the voice can do! They can expect to be influenced by genres from classical to folk, electronica to pop, with theatrical ideas, unusual text-setting, body percussion, beatboxing and improvisation thrown into the mix.


Visit Kerry's website to find out more: www.kerryandrew.net

Issie Barratt: Jazz Group

In the Jazz Group, we be begin the week by listening to a broad selection of pieces that combine composition with improvisation. We look at how composers communicate their ideas so as to inspire and inform the improvising musicians, as well as getting to know the instruments and instrumentalists the students will be writing for. Then begins the exciting exploration of their own creative ideas and how to communicate these to a professional sextet (Trumpet/Flugel, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Piano, Bass and Drums)! They each compose a 3-minute piece that is performed live and recorded at the end of the week. We’re very much looking forward to working with them and sharing in their creative ideas. It’s always a truly magical week!



Visit Issie's website to find out more: www.issiebarratt.com

Alison Cox: World Music Group

New Music Resounds! Young composers explore a fascinating range of starting points based around improvisation, graphic and non-standard notation, musical ideas from other cultural traditions and sounds from the environment. They work closely with five brilliant musicians representing a range of different cultures, who help them to explore new ideas, write them down, and combine them.



Aidan Goetzee: Film Music

Students in the film group are able to experience their music bringing to life the meanings, emotions and dramas lying dormant in a short film! By working with a small group of instrumentalists, they develop their film scores using the huge range of sounds and processing possible on recording and computer technology. Writing in any style, students create, explore and extend their sonic language using everything from noise through to music; they develop techniques and approaches to writing extended passages of film music. Combining live with pre-recorded work, they compose, record, mix, master and synchronise their original score to film!


David Horne: Instrumental Group

In my group, we introduce the students to the fantastic sound possibilities different instruments have in order to help them create original and thrilling music! They receive feedback on their music from myself and the other musicians as well as working with other prominent visiting composers. We look at examples of innovative music from the 20th century and use them as an inspiration for composition; the students pick up some great tricks and 'trade secrets' for starting and continuing a piece, and finally, building it into a creation that they are satisfied with.



Visit David's website to find out more: www.davidhorne.co.uk


Creative focus of the week

We have a fabulous week of creativity and music-making awaiting you, led by a diverse group of some of the best and most experienced composers and musicians in the UK!  The focus of the week will be to create a new, original piece of music that will be performed and recorded by the professional musicians supporting your tutor group.  We can’t coach anyone through any specific examination requirements such as submissions for AS or A level qualifications, which differ for every exam board and have very specific briefs. Instead, we will be encouraging you to look outside the box and develop a piece that is unique to your individual musical journey. Along the way, you will gain all sorts of new skills and creative ideas, as used by professional composers, that will be invaluable for your future music-making, including your school studies. You will also have a score and a recording that may be useful for composition portfolios including for applications to university and conservatoires.

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