Monday, 24 August 2015

The European Youth School of Music

In a previous blog post we mentioned that our overall Young Musician of the Festival winner, saxophonist Jonny Vaux, would be participating in the European Youth Summer Music course in August and he has very kindly sent in a report of his experience there. You may be able to spot him in the group photo on the EYSM website!

The course is flexible, offering students a set of options alongside the more structured Course Orchestra. Despite being mainly a saxophonist Jonny played flute in the orchestra's performance of Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, a piece that is new to him because there is no saxophone part!

In addition to this Jonny played in a Big Band and was able to improvise on piano as part of a small, improvised jazz band.

The Course programme ended with five concerts in which all the groups formed during the week out of the options choices and the orchestral elements got to perform. 

We are delighted that HCFMSD was able to support Jonny at this event and we are pleased that it was such an enjoyable experience for him.

On a slightly different note, the 2016 Syllabus will be out shortly so watch this space, especially if you would like to be next year's EYSM participant!!