Summer Course 2015 at Bootham School, York
Our week-long residential course 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 for the week and Colin Touchin, Chris Orton and Michelle Holloway.
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 2015 course will take place at our Recorder Days around the country. The fee to attend the Recorder Day for the audition is £25.
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 £495.
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