"Fred had a fantastic time on the course and we loved the final concert. It made me quite tearful as I have been so keen for my kids to have the opportunity to play in a big ensemble and Fred is the first one to experience it! Thank you to everyone who made it such fun and such a wonderful experience: you will be seeing us again!"
"Just a very short note to say a massive thank you for organizing the course. Elyse had a fantastic time, made lots of new friends and wants to come back next year! As a brass player myself I was so impressed with the standard of the playing but also the repertoire chosen by the tutors. It was entertaining but tasking for the groups I am sure. Elyse fortunately has the opportunity to go on various school trips/camps: these are run by one of the top international schools in the world and she said that your course was better managed , more enjoyable and even safety was taken more seriously. I really cannot say anything else - fantastic job!"
"Just a note to say how very much my grandson enjoyed last week's course. His only regret was that he initially decided not to be residential for the week. He loved every minute of it and I am sure, will return next summer holidays. Thoroughly enjoyed the performance at the end of the week. What a talented bunch!!! - also the tutors of course! Amazing spirited 'sound' from all and in just one week."
"Henry had a fabulous week, has had nothing but brilliant things to say and most of all enjoyed everything about the Brass Academy – he has already asked if he can go next year. Aside from the pastoral aspects of the week, he has gained some knowledge which will remain with him for life. He has spoken highly and with the utmost respect about all of the tutors and it seems that every day he is telling me something more that he has learned. A truly enriching experience. On a personal note, the concert was astounding – hats off to the tutors who truly managed to get the best out of every child – a phenomenal sound from each and every ensemble."
"First words when I collected Will yesterday; "Can I come again next year?"! YES. "Best time EVER"! Thank you."
"The week was a terrific success for Hester Mary. She met new friends and is sad it's now over. Can't thank you and the amazing staff enough."
"Just want to thank you and the whole team for a great week. Florence really enjoyed the whole experience."
"Thank you also to all involved in planning and delivering the course. As ever, Caro had an absolute blast. She loves the blowing and, over the years, has come to have a firm group of friends. Again, very many thanks. Have a wonderful summer."
"She (yet again!) had a fantastic time with you and the concert was amazing. Congratulations."
"Thanks so much for a brilliant week and a superb concert. See you next year."
"Thomas really loved the week. Definitely put him on the list for next year."
"Just a quick note to thank you all so much for the most amazing week. What you do is simply extraordinary- inspiring and encouraging a new generation of musicians. The week - yet again - was brilliant, according to Charlie, and today's concert was wonderful (and quite moving) to see. Thank you all."
"Huge thanks to you and all the tutors this week on the Yehudi Menuhin Brass Academy Course. Hannah has had an amazing week and enjoyed every minute. She has learnt so much and made lots of new friends. The concert today was brilliant, I really enjoyed it all. Hannah chatted all the way home about what a great experience she's had and we will be eagerly awaiting details for next years courses as she definitely wants to return."
"I am sure that for many of the children who have attended Brass Academy courses before it is a highlight of their Easter holidays, and parents also see how their children thrive both socially and in their musical ability. Jake always returns with new skills and renewed enthusiasm for his horn. He is already looking forward to the next course."
"The summer course was another brilliant experience for Peter, he has returned with bags of confidence and has even practised his trombone every day without any "parental reminders"! You can be sure he will be back! I cannot praise this course enough - the tutors, the administration, the food, everything is excellent."
"The balance of music, activities and downtime with friends is perfect - my children can't think of a single thing you could improve on."
"We just wanted to say thank you to you, Annette and all the tutors at Brass Academy this year. All my children thoroughly enjoyed the music and the friendships - what a fantastic team of people. We are very grateful to everyone who made sure they had a brilliant week."
"I thought that I ought to drop you a line to say "Thank you" to you and the tutors for last week's course. Alexander had a great time, and I thought that the concert on Friday was an absolute triumph: the youngsters had obviously been given some challenging pieces, and it was a real privilege to witness the results of all their hard work."
"Congratulations on such a very successful summer course, very impressively organised. I think it was especially good for Yang to see how other children work so hard and achieve so much. I think my both children will sign up next summer."
"I just wanted to e-mail you to THANK you and all the tutors! Philip absolutely enjoyed the course! I have never seen him so enthusiastic, inspired and talking with so much feelings about anything so far. His dream was to become a football player when he grows up, but not any more ... Although he was at the Brass Academy for a week, he said it felt as if it was only a day. He wants to come to the Easter, Summer and any other courses you do please. For the last two days after the course ended, Philip has been sleeping with his tenor horn. He is just soooo enthusiastic. Thank you so much, it was a truly inspirational experience for Philip."
"I'm not sending Alfie on another one of your b****y courses - all he's done is talk about the trumpet all weekend and when we got out of the car on Friday after getting back from the course concert, the first thing he did was get it out and practice!' (from a dad who is a percussionist with one of the leading London orchestras...)"
"I just wanted to say again thank you for the amazing week that my son has just had. He did not stop talking about it all the way home and beyond! He feels that he has gained so much from the time he spent with Lee and the other tutors this week. We are looking forward to seeing the photos of the course when they are on line and once again thank you to all course tutors!"
"I didn’t get a chance to chat with you yesterday, but just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and all the staff on the summer course. All my lot had a great time as usual and some terrific playing in the concert as ever. The children all enjoyed boarding. The new tutors were a big hit too.....though they all love the regulars too. Please pass my thanks on to the tutors and Annette, and I'll watch the website with interest for pictures and details for next year’s courses."
"Thank you very much for last week. You all worked so hard to make the course a success and it was everything I hoped it would be and more. Adam had fun, made new friends and, most importantly, improved his trumpet playing and came away inspired to continue to improve. He says he will be a regular over the next few years, so see you next year!"
"Just a quick email to say a big thank you to all involved in Brass Academy this week. Dylan has talked non stop of all he has done, every session, activity, new friend, tutor, meal. He has had an incredibly special week, is newly inspired to practise and hopes to have a similar opportunity next year."
"Many thanks for enabling Tim to join you all. He had a fantastic time. The concert was brilliant. Thank you to all involved in making the week so successful."
"George had a wonderful time and is already looking forward to the next course! He talked non-stop about his week, and enjoyed all parts of the course particularly the group games and evening events. Thank you to all the staff, I know what hard but rewarding work it would have been."
"Tara had an absolutely brilliant time - her only complaint was that it wasn’t long enough!"
"Molly thoroughly enjoyed herself as she always does. She was particularly proud of conducting her ensemble in the concert (though she didn't actually what know what she was volunteering for. She just put up her hand because other people were!). She thought Philippe was great. She came back with new ideas about how to improve her playing- starting each note with a 'ping' was one of them."
"Thank you so much for a great course. Ed came back full of it. He always self motivates but this course catapults him into orbit. I know he will want to come again."
"Just to say thank you for all of your efforts in organising the brass academy. Poppy Joy had a great time and is very keen to return next year - she's asked me if she can board next time!!"
"I just wanted to write a quick email to thank you both for the opportunities that you have given Leo over the last week. He had a wonderful time and made many friends. He seems to have come away with a lot more than just the memories of a great, enjoyable week. He has grown as a person becoming more confident in himself, his speech appears to have improved and he is so independent!"
"Just a quick note to thank you and all the staff for another excellent course. Theo, Grace & Christopher enjoyed it even more than last year, which I wouldn't have thought possible. It is so lovely as a parent to get into the car with them, and listen to the words tumbling out instead of the usual teenager monosyllabic replies to most enquiries! The staff work so hard, but do rather look from the photos as if they are enjoying themselves too...."
"Just to say thank you very much for all your help for Ted during the course: he had a great week and was very inspired by all the tutors. Please pass on our thanks to them too."
"Thank you for the excellent Summer Course. Simon really enjoyed it and learnt a lot too - it seems to have helped him to enjoy playing his trombone again and he has taken on board the advice from the tutors. He really enjoyed the whole experience."
"Thanks once again to you and to all your colleagues for giving the young chap a truly great week. We’ve not extracted too much out of him yet, but he is clearly fulfilled, content, and dead-beat! We looked at the concert videos and pictures this morning. Superb work. I cannot believe what can be achieved in a short week."
"The concert at the end of the week was wonderful, what fantastic music and playing! Rafaella enjoyed every day of the course and on the Saturday, after it had ended, said she felt sad that it was over."
"Katie has got into the National Youth Orchestra - her success must be attributable in part to the wonderful tuition she received from The Brass Academy! Please pass on our thanks to everyone, in particular Philippe Schartz who was a true inspiration."
"Thank you for such a wonderful Easter Course – Lucia gained so much confidence from it and said it was the best week she has ever had! Many, many thanks."
"Our son thoroughly enjoyed the Easter Course. It was the first time he had ever been away from home on his own - we were so delighted that he was confident and happy in the environment. We felt that he was in safe hands. He did so much musically, and he really enjoyed the scheduled games and activities. "
"I would definitely recommend The Brass Academy!"
"Cyprien really enjoyed his time at The Brass Academy, had real pleasure playing during the course and is looking forward to the next one!"
"George had an amazing time, made friends and found the week very instructive, his tuba playing has improved! His aunt and I enjoyed the concert, it was lovely to see everyone enjoy playing their instruments."
"I can honestly say that it was such a pleasure to pick the boys up every day and be greeted with “brilliant, great day!”. The tone of their playing has developed really well since last week as well."
"We thoroughly enjoyed the end of course concert on Friday. The standard was very high and all the children had obviously worked hard. "
"Edgar had an amazing time, made lots of great new friends and learned excellent tips and techniques. He has gained so much confidence and is now even more passionate about trumpet playing, and is desperate to go on the Summer Course. I can’t recommend it highly enough! Thank you!"
"Molly loved the course-this time it's made her more independent in her practice. She's just started some new pieces and has been marking in her own notes and putting in phrasing straight away instead of it being an add-on."
"Josef really enjoyed himself at the course. He is already looking forward to next year’s course...Thank you thank you thank you all for such excellent work...!"
"Really positive feedback from the children about all aspects of the course as we drive home."
"Nina found the course really stimulating – she does masses of music but is rarely quite so wowed by what she’s been taught , which was down in large part to your fantastic organisation and the skills of the tutors."
"Kieran really enjoyed the week, and although he was too nervous to board this time, by Tuesday evening he was asking to board next time. He found all the staff and kids friendly, and he has gained a lot from it – many thanks."
"Just a quick note to say how much Teddy enjoyed the course. He had a really fabulous time musically and socially. Being in the Workshop was extremely beneficial to him. He learnt an awful lot and developed his playing. It was challenging and fun, he enjoyed it so much. He also made lots of friends on the course and it certainly sounds as though they had a great time together."
"Jake has thoroughly enjoyed his few days at The Brass Academy…he told me he would like to do the Summer Course."
"Thank you so much for The Workshop. Our son came wanting to play and learn, eager to be in an environment where he could concentrate on his trombone playing - this is exactly what he got - high level tutoring, inspiration, encouragement and motivation - thank you to all the tutors and to the general course environment. it has given him so much confidence."
"At the Brass Academy it takes about 20 seconds to make new friends!"
"Had a great week in The Workshop at The Brass Academy with tuition from Mark David; friends made and playing improved - thoroughly enjoyed!"
"I enjoyed the massed ensemble because it was exciting to be part of all the brass instruments of all the different levels playing together!"
"I enjoyed the course so much I’m going to come again in the summer."
"Everyone is very friendly and all the tutors are very kind to you."
"I loved playing in the concert at the end – it sounded awesome."
"I love the variety of music and activities."
"The best thing about the course is that you are playing with brilliant teachers and children."
"I loved the course, it was very fun and brilliant."
"Emily helped me by pointing out where I was if I was lost in the music, she was really encouraging. All the activities were well organised and fun to participate in."
"All the staff members were supportive and encouraging."
"I really enjoyed the course. Thank you so much!"
"I loved playing with such a variety of brass instruments and with lots of brilliant musicians."
"Make the course longer!"
"The staff were very friendly, they were all great and very encouraging!"
"The sport was great because everyone could join in and it was great for getting to know the other children."
"I think every tutor helped me and made the course very enjoyable. I also loved the games and how it was in houses. Everyone was very friendly and caring, and the activities were very good."
"I loved the mix of music and games. And the older and better players inspired me to practice more!"
"The music was brilliant and I learned so much….I felt the course has helped me in my playing and has given me much more motivation."
"By the end of the week I was enjoying myself so much I wished it was another week!"