Now that the days are long and the sun is warm, our thoughts turn to Holiday Orchestra’s Summer Course! We will be back at West Road Concert Hall where we have rooms for 9 different sections at any one time. We shall pack those spaces with exciting musical experiences to give everyone the chance to ‘make music, make friends’ and broaden their musical horizons. Holiday Orchestra makes real music and is also real fun at every level. For this, we depend on good behaviour, even from very excited children, and usually we have no problems. Please help us to keep our ‘light touch’ approach and understand that we have to act ‘in loco parentis’. Many thanks.
Our Course Director will be Russell Keable who will conduct both the orchestras. He has engaged a brilliant team of tutors including newcomer Stu Hanna. Stu is a well-known professional folk musician who is willing to share some of his immense knowledge of folk music with us. There will be a Folk Group for children with Grade 4 and upwards on any suitable instrument and also a ‘Folk For Fun’ session for all-comers.
Our core activities of string groups, bands, choirs and orchestras are supplemented and complemented by many other forms of music. Jazz, djembe drumming, gamelan, recorders, ukuleles and music games are all there, together with taster sessions for the double bass – an instrument of boundless fascination. As for music theory, Kirsty Body will once again be helping people get to grips with that all-important Grade 5.
Altogether we are sure that everyone can have a really good course, full of personal musical achievements through the magic of making music together. We look forward to seeing you at West Road, from Tuesday 27th to Saturday 31st August.
Lydia Hill, Chairman of Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra