Wind, Brass & Percussion Summer Course

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Key information:

Course dates:
Mon 24 July – Thu 27 July 2023
Course times:
Art form:
5pm, Sunday 9 July 2023
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools (ages 18+) | Short Courses & Summer Schools, Workshops & Saturday Centres (ages 4-18)
Mode of study:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Course info

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  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Sunday 9 July 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity
  • Please note that accommodation in Sundial Court isn't available in 2023

Ages 12–18

Course Dates & Times

Monday 24 July – Thursday 27 July 2023

The end-of-course concert will take place on Thursday 27 July.

About Wind, Brass & Percussion Summer Course

This four-day in-person course, taught by Junior Guildhall tutors, will develop your wind, brass and percussion skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

You will explore a range of musical styles and genres and receive valuable support and advice, including a masterclass from a leading guest musician.

The course will culminate in a concert for family and friends, where you can showcase the skills you gained.

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for young musicians who want to have fun whilst improving their skills. It also provides invaluable preparation and advice for those thinking about auditioning for music school in the future.

The course is for players of all brass and percussion instruments and the following wind instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone.

What can I expect?

The course includes:

  • Playing in large ensembles
  • Playing in chamber groups
  • Sectional classes
  • Individual support and advice
  • An exclusive masterclass from a leading instrumentalist

The course will culminate in a performance for invited family & friends.

Do I need anything for the course?
  • Your instrument. If you also play piccolo, Eb clarinet, bass clarinet, cor anglais, E flat trumpet, piccolo trumpet and flugelhorn we encourage you to bring these along as well as your main instrument. 
  • Mutes: please bring appropriate mutes for your instruments.
  • Repertoire: please bring any solo repertoire that you are currently working on.
"It was brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed making a variety of music with passionate people"

– Participant on Wind, Brass & Percussion Summer School, 2022

Course Fee


Participation Bursaries are available for this course (Please note the application deadline for participation bursaries is 12 June 2023.)

Book Now
  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Sunday 9 July 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity
  • Please note that accommodation in Sundial Court isn't available in 2023


About the Course Tutor

This course is taught by brass and percussion teachers from Junior Guildhall, led by Spencer Down – Brass Coordinator at Junior Guildhall and Creative Director & Head of Music at Guildhall Young Artists King's Cross

Spencer works with producers and promoters across all genres of music including classical, rock & pop, and film. He has been orchestral director for high profile events including concerts for Queen Elizabeth II in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace and the world premiere of Grammy award-winning singer Imogen Heap’s Love the Earth at the Royal Albert Hall.

He conducts studio sessions, recently conducting the orchestral sessions for a new Netflix Film at Air Studios. Honoured to be entrusted with Roy Budd's score to the 1925 classic silent film Phantom of the Opera, he conducted the premiere at London's Coliseum and subsequent performance at the Barbican.

In 2012 Spencer received the Freedom of the City of London for his services to music.

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