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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 Percussion Academy, for percussionists aged 8-18 of Grade 3 standard and above, will take place as part of our 2016 Easter Course.  The Workshop, an advanced course for those that have passed their Grade 8 or Diploma, takes place as part of our 2016 Summer Course.
Our courses are five days long and can be attended on a residential or day basis.  Our tutors are exceptional professional brass musicians, and as well as the music sessions, there is a two hour sport and activity session each afternoon.

What We Do
Our tutors
Our courses

We run exceptional courses for brass players and percussionists

  • Our courses are run specifically for brass and percussion 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); Tom Rainer (Music Director at the Brass Academy and Director of Music at Aldro School); Christian Jones (principal trombone of Opera North), Simon Morgan (horn player at The Lion King in London); and Pete Smith (principal tuba of the Philharmonia Orchestra).   For 2016 we are delighted to welcome Phil Cobb (principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra) as our guest tutor.
  • The Percussion Academy will run alongside our brass course at Easter under the expert eye of Mick Doran (principal percussionist of the English National Opera). 
  • 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 Course specifically for those who have passed their Grade 8.  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 or percussion players means that there is a lot more time spent playing and a lot less time spent counting endless bars of rests than players of these instruments would get on an orchestral course.
  • Over half the children on each of our courses have attended at least one of our previous courses: a huge testament to the success of our courses, and it means there is a great mix of old-timers and first-timers on each 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. 
  • All our tutors have worked on 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 2016

Easter Course

Dates and venue for Easter 2017 will be announced soon - it is likely to be 3 - 7 April 2017 at Purcell School, near Bushey, Hertfordshire, for brass players and percussionists

Summer Course
Dates and venue for Summer 2017 will be announced soon - we are hoping to run two courses.  One is likely to be 21-25 August at Purcell School (including percussion); the other will hopefully be 31 July - 4 August in Surrey, venue tbc.    

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"Thank you very much for last week.  You all worked so hard to make the course..."
"Molly thoroughly enjoyed herself as she always does. She was particular..."
"I enjoyed the massed ensemble because it was exciting to be part of all the brass instruments of all the different levels playing together!"
"Congratulations on such a very successful summer course, very impressively organi..."


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