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The Brass Academy runs courses for brass players aged 8-18 of Grade 1 standard to Grade 8 and beyond.  The Workshop, an advanced course for those that have passed their Grade 8 or Diploma, takes place as part of our 2017 Summer Courses.
Our courses are five days long and can be attended on a residential or day basis, with fun evening activities for those staying overnight.  Our tutors are exceptional professional brass musicians, and as well as the music sessions, there is a daily two hour sports session.

What We Do
Our tutors
Our courses

We run exceptional courses for brass players

  • Our courses are run specifically for brass players, and focus on their particular requirements.  
  • Our brass tutors are outstanding brass players, who also possess a great aptitude for teaching all ages.  They include Philippe Schartz (Principal Trumpet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales), Paul Beniston (Principal Trumpet of the London Philharmonic Orchestra), Tom Rainer (Music Director of the Brass Academy and Director of Music at Aldro School), Christian Jones (Principal Bass Trombone of Opera North), Lyndon Meredith (Principal Trombone with the London Philharmonic Orchestra), Simon Morgan (horn player at The Lion King in London), Pete Smith (Principal Tuba of the Philharmonia Orchestra) and Dan Trodden (Principal Tuba of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales).  
  • Each afternoon, the children take part in two hours of organised sport and activities.
  • The Workshop is our advanced course-within-a-course run during our Summer Courses specifically for those who have passed their Grade 8 or Diploma.  It provides a great forum to work with those of a similar high standard while being tutored by world class musicians.
  • There is a fun and varied programme of evening activities for those staying on a residential basis.
  • Being courses solely for brass players means that there is a lot more time spent playing and a lot less time spent counting endless bars of rests than they would get on an orchestral course.

The tutors at The Brass Academy are some of the finest performers in the UK, as soloists and with the country's leading orchestras.

  • They are experienced in working with students of all ages, and combine immense technical knowledge and musicianship with the ability and enthusiasm to pass on their skills to the next generation of brass musicians. 
  • Many of our tutors have worked on some or all of our previous courses, and we are delighted they are all keen to continue to work with us.
  • To find out more about the Brass Academy tutors, please click here.

Easter and Summer 2017

Easter Course

3 - 7 April 2017 at Purcell School, near Bushey, Hertfordshire, for brass players, plus the Percussion Academy for percussionists
Summer Courses
31 July - 4 August 2017 at Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, for brass players (including the Workshop); and 

21-25 August 2017 at Purcell School, near Bushey, Hertfordshire, for brass players (including the Workshop).

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"Just a quick note to thank you and all the staff for another excellen..."
"The sport was great because everyone could join in and it was great for getting to know the other children."
"Make the course longer!"
"Had a great week in The Workshop at The Brass Academy with tuition from Mark David; friends made and playing improved - thoroughly enjoyed!"


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