I have been sent some information about the Uppingham Summer School and there are some very exciting courses. These are open to both residential and non-residential students. Summer schools are a great opportunity to expand skills, have new experiences, make friends and keep up good musical practice over the long summer holiday. Please see the website for more details: http://www.uppinghamsummerschool.co.uk.
- 24 – 26 July: Chamber Music Weekend for advanced strings players and pianists (£190/£270)
- 27 – 31 July: Young Musicians’ Week for 6 to 10 year old orchestral musicians (£320/£510)
- 27 – 31 July: Jazz Big Band Week for musicians grade 5 – 8 standard (£345/£535)
- 3 – 7 August: Total Music Powerhouse rock school for 11 to 18 year olds (£345/£535)
- 3 – 7 August: Musical Theatre Week brings the West End to Uppingham (£320/£510)
- 10 – 14 August: From Page to Stage drama week (£320/£510)
On Thursday 9 October, Senior Choir made the trip to Uppingham School for their biennial Directors of Music INSET Day. The idea was that Stoneygate School’s Senior Choir would be used as a demonstration choir by the internationally renowned conductor, Dominic Peckham.
It was a very interesting and enjoyable session. The choir had been briefed that they might be asked to do some strange and odd things, but a totally wordless 15 minutes was not what I had been thinking of! The choir reacted superbly and showed wonderful concentration. There was a lot of focus and pulse/rhythm work before (silently) Will Mc and Harriet G were invited to come to the front and lead the rhythms. They were good sports!
The rows were then abandoned as the choir formed a very large circle and discussed why we sing and how we sing. The final part involved learning Azikatale, a South African song, beat-boxing and singing a mash-up!
The choir were praised for their general demeanour, enthusiasm and rhythmic ability. Dominic Peckham really enjoyed working with everyone. From my perspective, it was a great opportunity to see someone totally new lead the choir and reflect on what I do and why. I was very proud of them and look forward to developing new ideas.