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Young musicians aiming for Christmas Number One

The Partnership

Surrey Arts, Big Leaf Foundation and the Academy of Contemporary Music are joining forces to record a Festive Themed Single (in just one day!) on Sunday 9 December. It’s for anyone aged 8 and above who enjoys music and shares our belief in the importance of community. No musical experience necessary and we aim to have over 50 participants.

Why music?

We live in one of the most multicultural countries in the world but it can feel as though, despite living in the same land, huge divides, negative stereotyping, fear of the unknown are as alive as they have ever been.
Project manager, Jim Pinchen, says: “Music in its essence, is something that we all have in common. It’s everywhere from the rhythm of our first heartbeat through to family events and is therefore able to bring us together in a unique and safe way.”

Why a festive themed single?

‘I Speak Music’ is a programme that aims to bring together refugees and host communities and we think this is a perfect time of year to come together, have fun and celebrate everything we have in common, as well as all the fascinating things that make us unique. Beyond the food, lights, drink, intensive shopping and tinsel, at its heart, this festive season is about the spirit of giving and receiving, of family and of helping others.

Vicki Felgate from Big Leaf Foundation says: “We want to replace negative opinions with a simple and joyous message of peace and unity and we hope people will share it far and wide.”

What happens after the single is recorded?

A pop video will be distributed via social media with links to digital download sites (ie Spotify) where the single can be downloaded. All proceeds from the single will be used to make music projects that bring together Refugee and Host Communities.

For further details contact contact@bigleaffoundation.org.uk

Courses and workshops 2019

Half term courses, 18 to 22 February 2019.

Surrey Arts have been running the Easter Music Course for over 40 years. There are now additional holiday workshops and courses that run throughout the year.

Orchestra Taster Day

Come and experience what the Easter Music Course is like with this Orchestra Taster Day on Wednesday 20 February 2019 from 10.00am – 4.00pm.

Main for string, woodwind, brass and percussion players who are approximately Grade 4 standard and above (it is not necessary to have taken any exams).

Mini for younger players of around grades 1 – 3 strings, woodwind, brass and percussion.

  • Cost: £40
  • Venue: Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Redhil

Register for Orchestra Taster Day

Guitar Workshops

A two day workshop to look at acoustic, electric and bass songs and develop playing techniques. All abilities welcome for 8 – 16 year olds.
Monday 18 and Wednesday 20 February 2019 from 9.00am – 12.00pm

  • Cost: £50
  • Venue: Woking Youth Arts Centre, Knaphill, Woking

Are you interested? Let us know.

Register for the Guitar Workshop

DJ and Music Production

A unique workshop for young people aged 8 – 16 years old to learn the art of DJ-ing and an introduction to music technology in a fun and educational way for students at primary and secondary level.

Use mixing consoles to beat match, blend, cut, paste and scratch music to create a DJ mix. No need to play an instrument or own any equipment. All you really need to start is an elementary sense of rhythm, which we can help you develop by improving your motor skills.

  • Monday 18 February, 1 – 4pm, school years 4 – 6 (8 – 11 year olds)
  • Wednesday 20 February, 1 – 4pm, school years 7 – 11 (11 – 16 year olds)
  • Cost: £25 per workshop
  • Venue: Woking Youth Arts Centre, Knaphill, Woking

Are you interested? Let us know.

Register for DJ and Music Production

Singing Workshops

Singing workshops for 8 – 13 year olds have been added as part of the 2019 Easter Music Course.

  • Cost: £20 per workshop
  • Venue: Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Redhill

Register for the Singing Workshop

Easter Music Course

Running for over 40 years, the next Easter Music Course is from Monday 8 – Friday 12 April 2019.

Register for the Easter Music Course

Easter Music Course

Easter music courses 2019. Residential and non-residential courses for instrumentalists aged 7 to 18 years old.

Easter Music Course at Royal Alexandra & Albert School, Redhill

Running for over 40 years, this music course (residential and non-residential options) has given many young musicians the opportunity to develop, play and perform with other young musicians while making friends at the same time. There are orchestral and choral workshops available. Book before 4 January 2019 to get the ‘Early Bird’ price.

Come and try the one day Orchestra Course on Wednesday 20 February 2019.

Orchestral Main Course Monday 8 – Friday 12 April 2019

For young people of 11 – 18 years old who are approximately Grade 4 standard and above (it is not necessary to have taken any exams).

Opportunities to play in an Orchestra, Wind Band and Jazz Band all with a team of dedicated professional tutors supporting each section and always on hand to help and give advice.

  • Residential £330 (Early Bird £310)
  • Non-residential £243 (Early Bird £222)

Orchestral Mini Course 10 – 11 April 2019

For players of around grades 1 – 3

There are two ensembles to choose from:

  • Strings for violin, viola, cello & double bass
  • Wind Band for all brass, woodwind and percussion
  • Residential £170 (Early Bird £152)
  • Non-residential £132 (Early Bird £115)

Singing workshops – Tuesday 9 April 2019

Singing workshops for young vocalists aged 8 – 13 years old. The workshops will include fun and light repertoire such as jazz and musical theatre. No previous singing experience is needed. The workshops will be led by professional Surrey Arts tutors.

Pupils can choose to do either one of the workshops or can do both as different music will be played during each session.

  • Workshop 1: 10am – 12.30pm – £20
  • Workshop 2: 1.30 – 4.00pm – £20
  • Attend both workshops for £40 with lunch included
  • Non-residential

Orchestral Come & Try Wednesday 10 April 2019

A free event from 2 – 3.30pm for 4 – 18 year olds to come and try the many instruments in an orchestra. Trumpet, cello, bassoon, double bass, tuba, percussion and many more.

  • Non-residential
  • Parent supervision required
  • FREE

Orchestra Explorers – Thursday 11 April 2019

We are offering two half day courses for anybody that has recently started learning an instrument giving them a chance to play in an orchestra perhaps for the first time.

During each session pupils will play a variety of fun music specially chosen for beginners and will learn how to play as part of an orchestra. The pupils will be tutored by our Surrey Arts teaching team and will be helped and supported every step of the way.

During each session the pupils will get a tour of the fantastic Gatton Park site and will get to hear a range of music played by the older children taking part in the main course.

Pupils can choose to do either one of the workshops or can of course do both as different music will be played during each session.

These courses will be most suited to anybody learning an orchestral instrument that can play just a few notes up to about grade 1 standard.

  • Workshop 1: 10am – 12.30pm – £20
  • Workshop 2: 1.30 – 4pm – £20
  • Attend both workshops for £40 with lunch included
  • Non-residential.

Residential

Students who opt for the residential course will be looked after by a dedicated team of house staff and accommodated in one of the purpose built student halls ay Royal Alexandra & Albert School. All of the accommodation blocks contain televisions as well as games rooms and outside of rehearsal time many fun activities are organised. Quiet spaces can also be arranged for pupils wanting to revise.

All meals and refreshments are provided throughout the day and always prove popular with the students.

Registration

Registration is now open.

If you would like further information telephone 01483 518625 or email surreyarts@surreycc.gov.uk

Register online now

Adult Music Lessons Timetable

Adult music classes in Surrey. Learn piano, guitar, singing or opera with Surrey Arts.

2018/19 timetable and dates

Molesey Centre

Opera Appreciation – All abilities: Tuesday 10.00am – 12.00 noon

  • 10 sessions 18 September – 27 November 2018 – £150
  • 10 sessions 8 January – 19 March 2019 – £150
  • 10 sessions 23 April – 25 June 2019 £150

Opera Appreciation – All abilities: Thursday 10.00am – 12.00 noon

  • 10 sessions 20 September – 29 November 2018 – £150
  • 10 sessions 11 January – 22 March 2019 – £150
  • 10 sessions 25 April – 27 June 2019 – £150

Sunbury Centre

Can’t Sing, Want to Sing – All abilities: Tuesday 2.30 – 3.45pm

  • 10 sessions 18 September – 27 November 2018 – £100

Woking ‘Highlands’ Centre

Acoustic Guitar – Beginners: Tuesday 7.00 – 8.00pm

  • 10 sessions 18 September – 27 November 2018 – £95
  • 10 sessions 8 January – 19 March 2019 – £95
  • 10 sessions 23 April – 2 July 2019 – £95

Acoustic Guitar – Improvers: Tuesday 8.10 – 9.10pm

  • 10 sessions 18 September – 27 November 2018 – £95
  • 10 sessions 8 January – 19 March 2019 – £95
  • 10 sessions 22 April – 2 July 2019- £95

Woking Youth Arts Centre (WYAC), Knaphil

Guitar LIVE – chords, songs and jams – Various abilities: Thursday 8.00 – 9.00pm

  • 8 sessions 4 October – 29 November 2018 – £96
  • 8 sessions 17 January – 14 March 2019 (no session 21 February) – £96
  • Summer courses will be available

Camberley Centre

Piano – Improvers: Thursday 5.30 – 6.30pm

  • 10 sessions 20 September – 29 November 2018 – £151
  • 10 sessions 10 January – 21 March 2019 – £151
  • 10 sessions 25 April – 4 July 2019 – £151

Piano – Beginners: Thursday 6.45 – 7.45pm

  • 10 sessions 20 September – 29 November 2018 – £151
  • 10 sessions 10 January – 21 March 2019 – £151
  • 10 sessions 25 April – 4 July 2019 – £151

Guildford – The Pines, Broad Street

Acoustic Guitar – Beginners: Monday 7.00 – 8.00pm

  • 10 sessions 17 September – 26 November 2018 – £95
  • 10 sessions 7 January – 18 March 2019 – £95
  • 10 sessions 29 April – 15 July 2019 – £95

Acoustic Guitar – Improvers: Monday 8.10 – 9.10pm

  • 10 sessions 17 September – 26 November 2018 – £95
  • 10 sessions 7 January – 18 March 2019 – £95
  • 10 sessions 29 April – 15 July 2019 – £95

I Wish I Could Sing – Beginners: Monday 7.00 – 9.00pm

  • 10 sessions 17 September – 26 November 2018 – £155
  • 10 sessions 7 January – 18 March 2019 – £155
  • 10 sessions 29 April – 15 July 2019 – £155

I Wish I Could Sing – Improvers: Wednesday 7.00 – 9.00pm (Please note this class takes place at Burpham First School)

  • 10 sessions 19 September – 28 November 2018 – £155
  • 10 sessions 9 January – 20 March 2019 – £155
  • 10 sessions 24 April – 3 July 2019 – £155

Register for any of these summer term courses at Surrey Arts Music

Surrey Arts also offer adult instrumentalists the opportunity to join ensembles.