The Music Summer School and Festival

27 July to 10 August 2024

With up to 30 courses each week and numerous concerts, talks and events taking place every day, The Music Summer School and Festival is an inspirational celebration of musical creativity and performance. Participants can choose course in Choral Singing, Vocal Ensembles and Chamber Choir, Opera Scenes, Improvisation, Chamber Music, Baroque Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Early Music, Composition, Instrumental and Vocal Workshops and Masterclasses, Science and Music, and much more.

Gresham’s School (which counts Benjamin Britten, Lennox Berkeley and W H Auden amongst its alumni) provides a fabulous base for the Summer School, with stunning performance and rehearsal facilities along with relaxing and comfortable residential accommodation for participants, all surrounded by beautiful grounds and woodlands. The picturesque Georgian market town of Holt is less than 10 minutes walk from the school whilst the North Norfolk coast is just 4 miles away.

Highlights of the 2024 programme (27th July to 10th August 2024) include Choir, directed by Andrew Griffiths and working on Bach’s St John Passion and Dame Jane Glover working on Mozart’s Requiem; Vocal Ensembles and Chamber Choir directed by Stile Antico and Gavin Roberts; Baroque Orchestra directed by Steven Devine; Composition for Piano directed by Rolf Hind; Harpsichord directed by Skip Sempé and Mahan Esfahani; Organ directed by David Titterington; Music from Renaissance Italy directed by The City Musick; Baroque Chamber Music directed by the Brook Street Band; Voice directed by Sarah GabrielRuby HughesKate Semmens; Song and Lieder directed by James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook; Chamber Music directed by Rhiannon Evans and the Atéa Wind Quintet; Brass directed by Paul Archibald, Improvisation directed by Jamie Akers; Medieval Wind directed by Emily Baines; Indian Classical Music and the conjunction with English traditional music directed by Katie de la MatterDebipriya SircarJonathan Mayer and Sanju Sahai; Composition and Sculpture directed by Stephen Montague and Alex Julyan; Advanced Wind directed by Nicholas Daniel; Wind Ensemble directed by Steve Dummer; Opera Ensembles directed by Pippa Dames LongworthLeah Hausman and Andrew Smith; along with individual courses for voice, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, and saxophone.