Sound and Music Summer School

Two young people looking at a score - one is playing the viola
2 – 8 August 2020
The Purcell School of Music
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Sound and Music

Applications for Sound and Music Summer School 2020 are now closed.  However, if you have any questions regarding late applications, please get in touch with us directly. For more details on the application process and what you'll need, please see our 'How to Apply' section. 

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 attended 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 2 – 8 August 2020.  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 2020 are now closed; please contact for further information on the application process, including late applications. 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. 

Want to get in touch?

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Call us on 020 7759 1800

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COVID-19 update

Sound and Music is monitoring the fast-moving situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. We are committed to making the Summer School go ahead, either in person or in an alternative digital format. So please get in touch with us if you are thinking of applying, even if you are a late one, so that we can be in touch with you about our plans as they develop. You are welcome to contact us if you have any questions!

Are you a young composer from Wiltshire?

This year, Sound and Music is working with Wiltshire Music Connect to offer bursaries so that young people living or at school in Wiltshire can attend this year's Summer School. Contact us for more information!

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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


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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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