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International Composition Easter School

Saturday 9th to Thursday 14th April 2022

This course is recommended for young composers aged between 12 and 18 who have some experience of composing music and wish to develop their skills and experience further, and compose a new piece in a week!

If possible, please bring a laptop with music notation software (Sibelius/MuseScore/Dorico) installed.

Musical Opportunities

During this course, you will have the opportunity to compose a piece of music for a small group of resident instrumentalists to perform. You will receive tuition in composition through group sessions and individual lessons, and you will learn about composing for instruments through workshops with the players, who will try out your ideas with you and rehearse the music that you write. Your piece will be performed at the end of course concert that is open to family and friends.

You should have had some experience of composing music already, and you will need to be able to notate your ideas fluently and reliably. There are no restraints of the style of music that you can compose during the week, but an open mind and willingness to try out new things will help to get the creative juices flowing!

Other Activities

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

Meet Our World-Class Staff

Meet our Composition Co-ordinator
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 composition 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 session
10.30am: Break
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
Workshop with players
6.00pm: Supper
6.45pm: Workshop with players

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


As a special introductory offer for 2022, the course costs £730 boarding and £575 day. The course includes meals (lunch and dinner for day).

A deposit of 25% of the course fee is required to reserve your place, with the balance due on 28th February 2022. Bookings made after the 28th February 2022 must be accompanied by the full fee for the course.

Please note that covid restrictions will apply; your deposit is fully refundable should we be unable to run the course. Otherwise, deposits are non-refundable.


If you book one of our Holiday Music Schools 2022, you are eligible for a £50 discount off the cost of each additional Holiday Music School 2022 course you book. This can be applied across siblings or for one child who takes part in more than one course in 2022. 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 834298 / [email protected]

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