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Dorset Youth Creative Ensemble

Dorset Youth Creative Ensemble will be held at the stunning Bryanston School featuring a full-course residency with Jon James, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Associate, for a week of downright musical madness, which will culminate in a final night concert in the magnificent Tom Weare concert hall.

Running over 5 days during the summer holidays the Dorset Youth Creative Ensemble will be led by Jon James and a first class team of musicians and educators supporting young musicians who will further their skills, understanding, and appreciation of music (from all styles!).

Sessions focus on a range of key jazz, classical, folk, pop and rock techniques and styles. Throughout the 5 days there will also be many opportunities to practice improvisation, composition and performance. All of this leads to a fantastic final Friday evening performance which is open to an invited audience of family and friends.  

Working in a concentrated yet relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the combination of the course, tutors, and facilities make for a highly enjoyable and worthwhile musical experience.


Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August 2018

How will I be taught?

This week long residential will provide a concentrated learning experience for players of varied levels of skill and experience.

As a members you'll experience:

  • small and large group workshops
  • instrumental workshops
  • brainstorming sessions in jazz theory, rhythm and improvisation
  • master classes
  • student-led groups in rehearsals and performance
  • a final evening concert

All of this takes place in state of the art, purpose built, practice, performance and recording facilities in the impressive music department at Bryanston School.

What should I expect?

After a hearty breakfast, mornings are focused on properly warming up mind and body with stretching and musical awareness games, followed by developing playing skills: scales, chords, harmony, rhythm, improvisation, rhythm, repertoire, ensemble playing and sectional practices.

Afternoons see a variety of activities: large group workshops with a special theme, big band large and small group rehearsals, instrumental workshops, theory and harmony groups, listening groups, improvisation sessions.

Bring your swimming kit, tennis rackets, skateboards, ninja scooters and a good book! Some afternoons and evenings are free to allow you time to make use of some the amazing facilities Bryanston School has to offer including:

  • skate park
  • swimming pool
  • 40 tennis courts
  • badminton courts
  • squash courts
  • acres of beautiful grounds
  • a cafe

Who will be teaching me?

  • Jon James Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Associate
  • Dianne Ely Head of Strings, Dorset Music Service
  • John Randall Head of Brass, Dorset Music Service
  • Pete Whitmarsh Head of Percussion, Dorset Music Service
  • Angela Child, Cello Instructor, Dorset Music Service
  • Mary North, Project Manager, Dorset Music Service

Dorset Music Service staff will provide pastoral care.

They all:

  • are DBS checked
  • are first aid trained
  • have years of experience working with young musicians

Facilities and accommodation

The residency package includes accommodation at Bryanston School in a purpose built, self-contained boarding house which will be for the sole use of our group for the week.

A delicious all you can eat buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner are included and we can guarantee you will love the food... we do! There is also a café (serving awesome freshly made milkshakes!) and shop on site, so bring along some money if you'd like to buy any additional snacks.

On the last day the group will enjoy a delicious afternoon cream tea (think never-ending trays of incredible cakes and pastries!) before the concert.

Please let us know in your application if you have any disabilities, access needs or medical conditions.

We have a range of accommodation and are committed to providing a supportive environment for all our participants.

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