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Composing for Media Summer School

This course is now full.

Sunday 28th July – Saturday 3rd August 2024

Students aged 12-18 will learn the musical and technical skills for composing for screen, including TV, Film and Videos Games. The course will cover compositional technique, how to interpret a client brief, the technology involved in being a media composer, orchestrating for different ensembles, and will feature many real-world examples from conception to final production across all forms of media. Students will complete a final composition by the end of the course.

You should have some basic experience of composing, and basic knowledge of using Apple Mac computers and Logic / Garage Band or equivalent software.

Musical Opportunities

During our Composing for Media Summer School, you will benefit from a range of group and individual lessons. You’ll also learn with presentations of case studies from professional composers.

At the end of the week, you’ll present your final piece, which you will be able to take home on a memory stick.

Other Activities

Even professional composers need a break! With Wells Cathedral School’s outstanding facilities, you’ll have a range of activities to enjoy when you’re not making music…

Children running with batons at our Music Summer Schools
Sightseeing and more...

Meet Our World-Class Staff

Meet our Co-ordinator
Special guest tutors to be confirmed, previous courses have featured award-winning composers Richard Jacques and David Buckley.
About our Course Tutors

Course tutors will generally be either full- or part-time teaching staff of Wells Cathedral School, a government-recognised specialist music school that is known for its quality teaching and musical opportunities for pre-professional musicians. However, should our staff be unavailable for our summer school, we will appoint music teachers of a comparable calibre to teach courses.

A Typical Day

7.30am: Wake up call for boarders
8.00am: Breakfast
 Registration in Cedars Hall for both day and boarding students
Group composition workshop
11.00am: Individual composing time and one-to-one composition lessons
12.30pm: Lunch

1.15pm: Individual composing time and one-to-one composition lessons
2.45pm: Activities – sport, shopping, additional music
Group composition workshop
6.00pm: Supper
6.45pm: Show and Tell Session – Case Studies from Conception to Final Production

7.45pm: Day pupils depart
8.00pm: Boarders’ Activities
Bedtime routine begins (age dependent)


The course costs £995 for boarding and £795 for day pupils (including meals – lunch/dinner for day). You will save 10% off of these fees if you book by 31st January 2024.

A deposit of 25% of the course fee is required to reserve your place, with the balance due on 10th May 2024. Bookings made after the 10th May 2024 must be accompanied by the full fee for the course. Deposits are non-refundable.


If you book one of our Holiday Music Schools 2024, you are eligible for a £50 discount off the cost of each additional Holiday Music School 2024 course you book. This can be applied across siblings or for one child who takes part in more than one course in 2024. Please use the discount code “HOLIDAYMUSIC50” on your application form for each additional course you book (the full price will be required for the first booked course).

How to Apply

We recommend that you have the following information available before starting our booking process:

  • Details about your child’s musical history, including feedback from your child’s music teacher, if applicable
  • Payment card details (please note, if you wish to pay by childcare vouchers, please contact us BEFORE filling out the form).

If you have any questions or if you’d like help with the application process, please contact us on 01749 834483 / [email protected].

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