Guildhall Young Artists Norwich Ensemble Only Course
Unleash your creativity with our Ensemble Only Course for ages 9–18. Students get to choose their favourite class from our most popular music programme to attend each week.
- Course dates:
- Saturday term time
- Course times:
- Dependent upon class timetable
- Art form:
- £150 per term (£15 per week)
- Level of study:
- Short Courses & Summer Schools, Workshops & Saturday Centres (ages 4-18)
- Mode of study:
- City of Norwich School, Norwich
- Contact details:
You can join our Ensembles Only course by choosing to attend just one of the classes we have on offer from our Music Course – a good option for those who are unable to commit to a whole morning.
Looking for private tuition with one of our expert tutors? Book a 30-minute instrumental or vocal lesson*, to be taken alongside the Ensemble Only Course. Register your interest when signing up for a course.
£150 per term (£15 per week)
With one-to-one lesson
Add an individual 30-minute instrumental or vocal lesson (subject to availability) for an additional £22 per Saturday + the cost of the Ensemble Only Course
We ask you to pay termly and once you’ve settled in we ask for half a term’s notice if you decide not to continue.
We offer a large number of bursaries to attend GYA Norwich, including travel to our centre. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and ask about these – it’s entirely confidential and we keep the application process as simple and quick as possible.
Autumn Term Dates 2022
Saturday 17 September – Week 1
Saturday 24 September – Week 2
Saturday 01 October – Week 3
Saturday 08 October – Week 4
Saturday 15 October – Week 5
Half-term – (no sessions on Saturday 22 & 29 October)
Saturday 05 November – Week 6
Saturday 12 November – Week 7
Saturday 19 November – Week 8
Saturday 26 November – Week 9
Saturday 03 December – Week 10
Holidays – (no sessions on Saturday 10, 17, 24, 31 December 2022)
Spring Term Dates 2023
Saturday 07 January – Week 11
Saturday 14 January – Week 12
Saturday 21 January – Week 13
Saturday 28 January – Week 14
Saturday 04 February – Week 15
Half-term – (no sessions on Saturday 11 & 18 February
Saturday 25 February – Week 16
Saturday 04 March – Week 17
Saturday 11 March – Week 18
Saturday 18 March – Week 19
Saturday 25 March – Week 20
Holidays – (no sessions on Saturday 01, 08 & 15 April)
Summer Term Dates 2023
Saturday 22 April – Week 21
Saturday 29 April – Week 22
Saturday 06 May – Week 23
Saturday 13 May – Week 24
Saturday 20 May – Week 25
Half-term – (no sessions on Saturday 27 May & Saturday 3 June)
Saturday 10 June – Week 26
Saturday 17 June – Week 27
Saturday 24 June – Week 28
Saturday 01 July – Week 29
Saturday 08 July – Week 30
We regret it is not possible to give refunds in the event of absence as the Centre has to continue paying professional tutors and overheads. GYA Norwich expects as close to 100% attendance as possible, to ensure you develop and get the most out of your membership.
Half a term’s notice is required to stop attending (except in exceptional circumstances). This notice period is required to fulfil obligations to the professional tutors, pay for facilities and to encourage you to be fully committed to the courses chosen.
Classes and Ensembles
You can choose which class you wish to attend before your start date.
Classes and ensembles are offered in the following:
Brass Ensemble with Tom Carr
A brass group for young players to try out some fun pieces whilst developing the skills needed to play together to produce a great band sound. All Brass instruments are welcome.
Brass Quintet with Tom Carr
This is a more advanced group for 5 players and entrance is by audition.
GYA Norwich String Quartets and String Chamber Music is coached by Emily Shedrake, who has performed, recorded and toured Europe with many of the country’s leading baroque orchestras including the Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort and players, Hanover Band and Fiori Musicali.
Choir with Laura Morgan
The emphasis for GYA Norwich choir is on having fun whilst students develop their vocal skills, covering a range of repertoire and styles and learning to sing together in harmony and different parts. It is also the perfect opportunity to mix with other students from outside their own instrumental groups.
Chamber Choir with Laura Morgan
Aimed at more experienced singers, Chamber Choir offers students the opportunity to receive high quality vocal training. Repertoire is varied and during rehearsals students are encouraged to develop part singing and sight-reading skills.
The Composition classes are run by David Stowell, a classically trained award-winning composer that now spends most of his time writing for TV and Film. This includes the 2021 chart-topping film Ashens and the Polybius Heist, for which he composed the music score. He has won awards in Spain, Canada, Japan, France and South Korea as well as the UK.
Opportunities for composition can be difficult to find for young musicians so we have highlighted this as an area for development at GYA Norwich.
David Stowell offers both individual and group sessions, and composition students have the luxury of over 100 instrumentalists and singers to work with, giving them the opportunity to hear their works both in progress and final performance!
Guildhall also supports young composers through the Guildhall Young Artists scholarship and strong links with the composition department.
These sessions are led by Helen Barber and are open to Guitar, Woodwind, Strings, Piano and Percussion with the emphasis on learning and playing by ear.
GCSE/A Level Support – with Leo Grant
Music Theory - with Leo Grant
Music Exam Skills - with Polly Fenn
Music Appreciation – with Ewan Duffus
These classes are designed to support students who would like to find out more about music history and styles. They may be taking exams at school or perhaps GCSE/A level classes are not available to them. The emphasis is on working with local schools and individual students to establish where extra tuition would be beneficial and then supporting young musicians to improve their knowledge and grades.
Guitar Group with Kit Cecconi
Guitar Group is open to Guitarists of around grade 2+ standard. It is a great opportunity to meet and play with other Guitar players in a group to perform a range of music from Dowland to Bowie!
GYA Norwich offers a great opportunity for musicians to develop their ability to improvise and compose their own music. Under the direction of Simon Limbrick students develop composition and collaborative skills working together to produce an improvised performance using their chosen instrument/voice.
Big Jazz Band with Geraldine Evans & Ewan Duffus
GYAN Big Jazz Band is a full Big Band line up open to all players and vocalists of who have reached a suitable standard (approx. grade 4+). They play a wide range of music from the greats such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie to more modern works.
Jazz Piano with Ewan Duffus
The Jazz piano course is aimed at those who already have some proficiency on the keyboard and introduces students to a wide range of styles and useful techniques from Boogie Woogie to Blues to Rock ‘n Roll and Stride.
Advanced Jazz Band with Ewan Duffus
A chance for our more advanced players (Grade 5+) to play a wide range of music in a smaller group.
GYA Norwich has a dedicated pathway which supports students from a young age as they develop the skills necessary to reach the concert platform.
GYAN Orchestra with David Stowell
Saturdays 12:50 – 1:35pm
GYA Norwich Orchestra meets weekly and offers the perfect space to learn how to play together in an orchestra. Students usually join around grade 4+ standard and many will have played in other ensembles first. The orchestra play a wide range of music which sometimes includes original compositions by GYA Norwich staff and students!
Norfolk County Youth Orchestra with Andrew Morley (conductor)
Norfolk County Youth Orchestra was established in 1959 and is recognised as a vibrant and successful county youth orchestra. Working closely with GYA Norwich the orchestra offers workshops and courses for all players in Norfolk of around grade 6+ standard.
To find out more and to apply for a place please visit to the NCYO page here.
Percussion with Simon Limbrick
Percussion is a great opportunity for those wanting to develop their tuned percussion skills. The group includes a large range of orchestral instruments (including piano) and is a brilliant opportunity to improve rhythmic and sight-reading skills. This group is also beneficial to other instrumentalists, particularly pianists, who want to play in an ensemble.
The art of performance requires many skills. Steve Gebbett draws upon his years of experience and his continuing development as a performer at the highest level and uses wide ranging interests in a number of fields to inspire students.
Piano lessons with Steve Gebbett, Ewan Duffus & Karen Smith
GYA Norwich has several piano teachers offering a range of styles and options from beginners to young professionals. Students are allocated to an appropriate tutor depending on their stage of learning and interest in musical style.
Piano Accompaniment with Steve Gebbett
This class is aimed at pianists who already have a reasonable level of fluency and wish to develop their sight-reading and ensemble skills. Grade 6+.
Jazz Piano with Ewan Duffus
The Jazz Piano course is aimed at those who already have some proficiency on the keyboard and introduces students to a wide range of styles and useful techniques from Boogie Woogie to Blues to Rock ‘n Roll and Stride.
Prelude Strings with Ingrid Perrin
Prelude Strings provide an introduction to ensemble playing for young students of approx. grade 1 and above and the emphasis is on performing together to develop ensemble skills whilst having fun. Students are encouraged to be responsible for making sure they learn their own parts and develop good technique.
Intermezzo Strings with Helen Barber
This group is aimed at students who are around grade 3 and above. The music is varied and includes lots of fun arrangements of favourite tunes.
Senior Strings with Emily Sheldrake
Senior strings invites students who have a level of grade 6 and above. Professional violinist Hannah Perowne introduces players to favourite works for string ensemble by well-known composers.
String Quartets with Emily Sheldrake
Students will need to audition for quartets which are for more advanced string players. As a guest artist with the internationally acclaimed Henschel Quartet, Emily introduces students to some of the most loved and established string quartet repertoire as well as more modern works.
Intermediate Wind with Fiona Beeston
Intermediate wind is a woodwind group for players who have a level of grade 1 and above. The music is varied and includes lots of fun arrangements of favourite tunes.
Senior Wind with Rachel Cannon
The emphasis is on Players in this group are mostly at grade 4 and above. The emphasis is on developing ensemble and listening skills using a range of music and styles, which include some established and familiar wind repertoire alongside special arrangements for the group.
Flute Choir with Vicky McCardel
Open to all Flute players from approx. grade 2 standard, Flute choir covers a whole range of musical styles all specially written for a choir of Flutes.
Saxology with Geraldine Evans
Saxology is open to all Sax players of approx. grade 2 and above and offers the chance for you to play some great repertoire with fellow saxophone players.
Advanced Clarinet Choir with Rachel Cannon
Weekly classes for advanced clarinet players. Suitable for Grade 5+ students.
Sonic Arts with GYA Norwich tutor Simon Limbrick is focussed on the use of ‘live’ instruments, such as electric guitar, synthesizer, DJ Decks, drum/percussion triggers, and laptops running Ableton Live software.
Although recording and mixing is a key part of the skills taught, the intention is to avoid a familiar scenario where workstations are used in isolation from the wider performing and musical activities. Creative song-writing, sampling, programming, and other genres of electronic music-making are encouraged within a context of shared activities such as rehearsals and performances.
The skills taught include sound processing and editing, sampling, control of ‘live’ music technology interfaces. They will be developed across a range of hardware that includes effects pedals, sound boards, computers, samplers, and loopers. Participants will develop skills on music technology instruments, using skills appropriate to those instruments. So, the focus is on understanding and expressing musical ideas through the use of music technology, with other techniques, such as reading and writing musical notation being integrated where necessary.
The ‘live’ aspect of the sessions means that musicians who are focussed on music technologies to create and perform their ideas, will also be able to integrate into other musical activities and ensembles. So that someone learning about an electronic instrument could also play as part of a jazz ensemble, or a perform on a laptop with a string ensemble.
Creative music-making is a part of working with new music technologies, so there is a focus on compositional skills to work alongside performing and programming skills.
The programme avoids the use of expensive software and equipment, and promotes the integration of tested software, such as Audacity, Ocenaudio, Reaper, and Pure Data. More established software, such as Logic, Cubase and MaxMSP are also in the mix of technologies that can be used.
Fusion Band with GYAN Tutor Simon Limbrick provides an opportunity for music-making that combines many different disciplines, musical styles and genres. The repertoire includes the creative use of musical ideas from music found in other cultures, and includes a wider view of Western music, such as classic Progressive Rock, Electronic Pop, and experimental scores that incorporate music technologies. The musical activity is not dominated by the need to read notation, and players use guitar-tab and other graphic methods when necessary.
The instrumental line-up can include most kinds of instrument from different musical contexts, and is an opportunity for musicians develop their skills on instruments such as electric guitar, synthesiser, laptop-based software, as well as instruments such as the ukulele and Indian tabla.
So far, the Fusion Band has performed music by the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Alan Holdsworth, Herbie Hancock, Gary Numan and Jean-Michel Jarre, with other pieces composed and improvised by the participants. The choice of repertoire is influenced by the ideas of the performers and their enthusiasm and interests guide the artistic direction of the band sessions.
The Fusion Band provides and opportunity for musicians, with a broad range of musical skills, to create and perform contemporary musical repertoire using classical, non-classical and music technologies.
Benefit from Guildhall Young Artists membership
As a member of GYA Norwich, you can expect exclusive opportunities, performances and workshops, including competitions, invites to concerts and gigs and performances from students at Guildhall School.