Summer Course 2017
Our week-long residential course in York from 23rd-29th July 2017 is open to players aged 10-25 with a playing standard of Grade 5 up to Diploma. All players must audition for this course. Our tutors this year are Colin Touchin, Chris Orton, Michelle Holloway and Joris van Goethem.
At our Summer Course, players are allocated to various ensembles. The training ensemble, NYTRO, is intended for players of a good Grade 5 standard and above and aged 10 to 16. Progression to NYRO is not automatic and is entirely dependent on performance at the annual audition. NYRO is intended for players aged 10 to 25 of a minimum Grade 8 standard. However, examination success is not the only criterion: the audition is the main measurement for selection and capable and experienced players without grade passes are fully encouraged to apply. BlockWork is a one-to-a-part ensemble by invitation only (based on performance in the audition).
Auditions are, in most cases, live and unaccompanied. Candidates are required to play one or two set studies, sent out approximately one month before the confirmed audition date. For NYRO, one of these must be played on a bass recorder. Candidates must also offer two contrasting pieces of their own choice, one on their chosen instrument and one on treble. Own choice pieces should have a total duration of approximately 6 minutes. There will also be a short sight-reading test. A warm-up room will be available. All candidates will receive a brief written report. Following a successful audition, candidates will be offered a place for either NYTRO or NYRO. The Musical Director’s decision is final.
Auditions for the 2017 course will take place at our Recorder Days around the country and at the Easter Course in Rugby. Auditions may also be held at other times depending on demand. You can book your audition using the relevant Recorder Day application form. Use the form below if you wish to have an audition in Rugby and are not attending the Easter Course or you cannot attend the auditions at one of our Recorder Days.
A non-refundable deposit of £60 will be required in order to secure a place following a successful audition. This will be deducted from the full course fee of £535. There is a facility to pay the balance in three instalments providing your application is received by 1st May 2017.
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