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Last few places available for Primary Music Festivals 2020

Primary Music Festivals are a series of concerts that have run in Surrey for over 25 years. They are highly regarded events in the school calendar with close to 100 schools taking part each year, joining forces to perform to packed audiences of parents and the general public at venues such as Dorking Halls. Many schools have sung with us for several years and some of the concerts are already full. However there are a few spaces left and we welcome applications from Primary Schools to join us in the 2020 concerts. If you have not joined us before and are considering joining for the first time we encourage you to take that step: in 2020 Surrey Arts is providing a vocal specialist to support a limited number of schools that would like some help in getting to know the music. We appreciate how difficult it can be to organise and staff the rehearsals and we hope that this may go some way to help. Our music co-ordinator, George Jones has responded to popular demand in programming ‘Jake and the Right Genie’ by Richard and Thomas Allain for the 2020 series of concerts.

2020 Festivals

Woking/Godalming/North Surrey Primary Music Festival – Monday 23 March 2020

  • Dorking Halls, Dorking

Mole Valley Primary Music Festival – Monday 27 April 2020

  • Dorking Halls, Dorking

South East Primary Music Festival – Tuesday 5 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

Mid Surrey Primary Music Festival – Thursday 7 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

Epsom and Ewell Primary Music Festival – Monday 18 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls

Elmbridge Primary Music Festival – Wednesday 20 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

West Surrey Primary Music Festival – Wednesday 3 June 2020

  • Princes Hall, Aldershot
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

Surrey Borders Primary Music Festival – Monday 15 June 2020

  • Dorking Halls

East Surrey Primary Music Festival – Wednesday 17 June 2020

  • Dorking Halls
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

More opportunities for young DJs

After a successful summer of DJ & Music Production workshops, Surrey Arts are planning more creating opportunities for young people to learn these great skills. On Monday 28 October and Friday 1 November there will be a workshop in Guildford at the Pines, Broad Street and dates have already been booked for Easter at the Surrey Arts Easter Music Course with plans for courses in other school holidays being announced in the future.

Find out more about the DJ & Music Production workshops

Easter Music Courses 2020

Our next Surrey Arts Easter Music Courses will run from Sunday 5 to Thursday 9 April 2020 and this year is going to be bigger than ever, with nine different courses and workshops to choose from.

Running for over 40 years, our residential and non-residential music courses offer young people the chancech to develop, play and perform with other musicians while making friends and having fun.

This year, along side our popular orchestral and vocal courses we are also introducing new contemporary music workshops – details and application below!

2020 Courses and Workshops

Royal Alexandra and Albert School

Surrey Arts Easter music courses are held at:

Royal Alexandra and Albert School

Gatton Park, Reigate

Surrey,

RH2 0TD


Orchestral Courses

Main Course

Sunday 5 – Thursday 9 April 2020

For young people of 11 to 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. A celebration concert will be held on Thursday 9 April at 5pm.

Residential option

Cost: £337 / £317 early bird for registration before 6 January 2020

Non-residential option

Cost: £248 / £227 early bird for registration before 6 January 2020

Payment upon request from Surrey County Council. Payment plans available upon request.

Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Register Online


Mini Course

Tuesday 7 – Wednesday 8 April 2020

For players of around grades 1 – 3 with two ensembles to choose from: Strings (for violin, viola, cello and double bass) and Wind Band (for all brass, woodwind and percussion). An end course concert will be held on Wednesday afternoon.

Residential option

Cost: £174 / £155 early bird for registration before 6 January 2020

Non-residential option

Cost: £135 / £118 early bird for registration before 6 January 2020.

Payment upon request from Surrey County Council. Payment plans available upon request.

Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Register Online


Come and Try

Tuesday 7 April 2020

A free event 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. Parental supervision required for this session

  • 2pm – 3.30pm

Cost: Free

Non-residential.

Register Online


Orchestra Explorers

Monday 6 April 2020

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. 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.

  • Two sessions available – 10am – 12.30pm and/or 1.30pm – 4pm

Cost: £20 per session or £40 for both (free lunch included if booked on both). Payment due at time of booking.

Non-residential. Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Book and pay online


Singing Workshops

Around the World

Tuesday 7 April 2020

8 – 13 year olds

A musical menagerie with folksongs, traditional music, spirituals and more from around the world. Join our fantastic vocal tutors as they take you on a journey through a mix of musical styles and provide tips and tricks to help you with your singing and practice!

  • 10am – 12.30pm

Cost: £20. Payment due at time of booking.

Non-residential. Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Book and pay online


Sing the Shows

Wednesday 8 April 2020

8 – 13 year olds

A workshop for singers working on amazing songs from musical theatre. From classics by Rogers and Hammerstein to new musicals like The Greatest Showman and Mamma Mia, you’ll explore a world of musical delights under the tuition of leading professional musicians and vocal coaches. Experience is not essential – come along and have fun with us!

  • 10.00am – 12.30pm

Cost: £20. Payment due at time of booking.

Non-residential. Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Book and pay online


Make a Mash Up

Wednesday 8 April 2020

13 – 18 year olds

Working with professional musicians and vocal coaches, learn more about your voice with singing exercises and discover how to make a vocal mash up of traditional songs, spirituals and rock and pop music. Ideal for a developing singer looking for an exciting challenge. Singers should be able to hold a tune and have some group singing experience (in a band, choir, a cappella group for example) to get the most out of this workshop. Be ready to improvise and have fun in this exciting workshop!

  • 1.30pm – 4pm

Cost: £20. Payment due at time of booking.

Non-residential. Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Book and pay online


Contemporary Workshops

DJ & Music Production

Monday 6 April 2020

A unique 3 hour 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. Use mixing consoles to beat match, blend, cut, paste and scratch music to create a DJ mix. No previous musical experience necessary.

  • 9am – 12pm for 8 – 11 year olds
  • 1pm – 4pm for 11 – 16 year olds

Cost: £30. Payment due at time of booking.

Non-residential. Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Book and pay online


Guitar Skills

Tuesday 7 April 2020

Studying for a grade? This workshop will cover all the core skills needed for your supporting tests. Session skills such as:

  • Creative improvisation
  • Sight reading Chord charts/melodic lines
  • Music theory/-Ear training skills

This workshop will be based around ‘Rockschool’ and ‘Trinity Rock & Pop’ exams but even if you aren’t studying a graded exam these skills are a vital part of any musicians development.

  • 9am – 12pm Grades 1 and 2
  • 1pm – 4pm Grades 3 and 4

Cost: £30. Payment due at time of booking.

Non-residential. Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Book and pay online


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 at 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.

Adult Music Lessons Timetable

Adult Music Classes in Surrey - learn piano, guitar, singing or opera with Surrey Arts

2019/20 timetable and dates

Molesey Centre

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

  • 10 sessions 17 September – 26 November 2019 – £153
  • 4 sessions 25 February – 17 March 2020 – £61.20
  • 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
  • 4 sessions 27 February – 19 March 2019 – £61.20
  • 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: Tuesday 5pm – 6pm

  • 10 sessions 20 September – 29 November 2019 – £125
  • 10 sessions 14 January – 24 March 2020 – £125
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 7 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

NEW: Adult Learn to Sing – Beginners: Tuesday 7.30 – 8.30pm

Ever wondered if you ‘had a voice’ and never had the opportunity to find out? Or already enjoying singing and keen to gain some skills to improve and boost your confidence? This session will include great warm- ups, exercises to learn technique and, of course, singing some wonderful songs from a range of styles. No experience is necessary, and you don’t need to be able to read music to take part.

  • 5 sessions 5 November – 3 December 2019 – £62.50
  • 10 sessions 7 January – 17 March 2020 – £125
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 30 June 2020 – £125

Read about the class descriptions

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

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