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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

Summer Workshops 2019 - singling workshops and DJ music production

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.

  • 4 days in the summer holidays
  • Friday 2 August – Egham Youth Centre
  • Monday 5 August – The Bridge Youth Centre, Leatherhead
  • Friday 9 August – Ash Youth Centre
  • Monday 12 August – Redhill Youth Centre
  • 9.00 – 12.00, school years 4 – 6 (8 – 11 year olds)
  • 13.00 – 16.00, school years 4 – 11 (11 – 16 year olds)
  • Cost: £30 per workshop

Are you interested? Let us know.

Register for DJ and Music Production

Singing Workshops

Singing workshops for 8 – 18 year olds. Join Surrey Youth Choir director, Cole Bendall, in an engaging workshop for young vocalists and singers. The workshops will contain a diverse mix of music including folk, classical, spirituals and musical theatre.

Singing for 8-12 year olds

Woking Library, 10am-12.30pm, Monday 19 August

The morning workshop at Woking Library on 19 August is for primary school aged singers. The workshop will include a fun and diverse range of music including folk, spirituals, classical and music theatre. No experience is necessary for this introductory level workshop. All you need is a love of singing!

Singing for 13-18 year olds

Woking Library, 1.30pm-4.00pm, Monday 19 August

The afternoon workshop at Woking Library on 19 August is for teen-aged singers with some previous musical experience who want to improve their technique. The workshop include music from the world of music theatre, as well as popular, world music and classical. If you love singing and want to build your skills, this workshop is for you!

Singing for 10-14 year olds

Walton Youth Centre, Wednesday 10am-12.30pm, 21 August

The Walton on Thames workshop is for younger teen singers. The workshop will include a fun and diverse range of music including folk, spirituals, classical and music theatre. No experience is necessary for this introductory level workshop. All you need is a love of singing!

Cole Bendall

All singing workshops are led by Surrey Youth Choir Director, Cole Bendall. Critically acclaimed for his work with the pre-professional vocal ensemble, the Reid Consort, Cole’s other posts include as Musical Director of the Athenaeum Singers of Warminster and Chorus Master of Haslemere Musical Society alongside posts in liturgical music. In 2018, Cole worked with the Grammy-winning Rundfunkchor Berlin (Berlin Radio Choir) conducting them in concert in Verdi Te Deum. He has appeared in masterclasses with Sonoro Choir (London), Wimbledon Choral Society, the Royal Northern College of Music and Hallé Youth Orchestra. He has worked with, among other groups, the British Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus, Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra and Byre Opera, recently acting as Chorus Master on a tour of Handel Xerxes. One of the top 16 conductors featured at the Gheorges Dima Choral Conducting Competition, Romania (2018), Cole has also been awarded the Oxford University Press Andrew Potter Bursary by the Association of British Choral Directors (2017) and support from the Help Musicians UK TRANSMISSION fund. 

  • Cost: £25 per workshop

Register for the Singing Workshop

Easter Music Course

Running for over 40 years, the next Easter Music Course is from Sunday 5 – Thursday 9 April 2020. Bookings open in October 2019.

Easter Music Course

Easter Music Courses for 5th to 9th April 2020. Registration opens in October.

2020 course dates: 5 – 9 April 2020. Registation opens in October!

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.

Orchestral Main Course

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.

Orchestral Mini Course

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

Singing workshops

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.

  • Choice of morning and afternoon workshops
  • Non-residential

Orchestral Come & Try

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

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.

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 for Easter 2020 will be open from October 2019.

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

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 17 September – 26 November 2019 – £153
  • 10 sessions 7 January – 17 March 2020 – £153
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 30 June 2020 – £153

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

  • 10 sessions 19 September – 28 November 2018 – £153
  • 10 sessions 9 January – 19 March 2019 – £153
  • 10 sessions 23 April – 2 July 2019 – £153

Woking ‘Highlands’ Centre

Acoustic Guitar – Beginners: Tuesday 7.00 – 8.00pm

  • 10 sessions 17 September – 26 November 2019 – £100
  • 10 sessions 7 January – 17 March 2020 – £100
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 30 June 2020 – £100

Acoustic Guitar – Improvers: Tuesday 8.10 – 9.10pm

  • 10 sessions 17 September – 26 November 2019 – £100
  • 10 sessions 7 January – 17 March 2020 – £100
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 30 June 2020 – £100

Woking Youth Arts Centre (WYAC), Knaphil

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

  • 8 sessions 26 September – 21 November 2019 – £96
  • 8 sessions 16 January – 12 March 2020 – £96
  • 8 sessions 23 April – 18 June 2020 – £96

Piano – Beginners: Friday 5pm – 6pm

  • 10 sessions 20 September – 29 November 2019 – £125
  • 10 sessions 10 January – 20 March 2020 – £125
  • 10 sessions 24 April – 10 July 2020 – £125

Guildford – The Pines, Broad Street

Acoustic Guitar – Beginners: Monday 7.00 – 8.00pm

  • 10 sessions 16 September – 25 November 2019 – £100
  • 10 sessions 6 January – 16 March 2020 – £100
  • 10 sessions 20 April – 29 June 2020 – £100

Acoustic Guitar – Improvers: Monday 8.10 – 9.10pm

  • 10 sessions 16 September – 25 November 2019 – £100
  • 10 sessions 6 January – 16 March 2020 – £100
  • 10 sessions 20 April – 29 June 2020 – £100

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

  • 10 sessions 16 September – 25 November 2019 – £158
  • 10 sessions 6 January – 16 March 2020 – £158
  • 10 sessions 20 April – 29 June 2020 – £158

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

  • 10 sessions 18 September – 27 November 2019 – £158
  • 10 sessions 8 January – 18 March 2020 – £158
  • 10 sessions 22 April – 1 July 2020 – £158

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

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