Sound and Music Summer School

Two young people looking at a score - one is playing the viola
4 – 10 August 2019
The Purcell School of Music
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Sound and Music

Applications for 2019 have now closed. Please contact for information.

What is it?

The Sound and Music Summer School is a week-long residential that gives you the opportunity to explore and develop your musical creativity. Whether you’re into songwriting or jazz, film music or classical, this is your chance to take things to the next level. Be inspired by professional composers, musicians and your peers; experience new areas of musical creation from composing for moving image to writing for the voice and expand the limits of your imagination!

How does it work?

During the residential, you’ll 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. At the end of the week, your new piece of music will be performed by professional musicians and you’ll receive a recording of the piece of work you have created!

Who is it for? 

SaM Summer School is for young composers and creative musicians aged 14-18. You need to be a UK resident or a UK citizen living overseas. As this is such a unique week, we may give priority to people who haven’t been before over those who have been to two previous Summer Schools.

Where, when, how much?

Join us at The Purcell School, a specialist music school which is the perfect environment for a week of creativity. The week takes place from the 4 – 10 August 2019.  Attending the Summer School costs £500, which includes all tutoring, accommodation, food and activities!

Need some support?

We are determined that everyone who is accepted on the course should be able to attend regardless of their family’s financial circumstances. Contact us if you would like more information on how we can help.

We are also committed to being inclusive of young disabled people, those with learning difficulties and other access requirements. You are welcome to get in touch at any point in the application process to have a chat about how we can best help you make the most of the week. Visit our Contact and Support page.

Want to apply? 

Applications for 2019 have unfortunately now closed; please contact for further information. You’ll need to provide us with some information about yourself and your experience as a composer or music creator, and have a piece of music in a written format to share with us (get in touch for more info on what we mean by written format!)

Want to get in touch?

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Call us on 020 7759 1800

In this project

Support and celebrate the Sound and Music Summer School through the Steve Martland Bursary fund

With many thanks to the generous supporters of the Summer School


Foyle Foundation logo

The Boltini Trust

Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust

The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation

Michael Watt

The Hedley Foundation

Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation

D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

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