International Wind, Brass and Percussion Summer School

26th July – 1st August 2020

Our world-class tutors will nurture young musicians (aged 10-18) to develop their skills and confidence by exploring a range of exciting musical styles.

This course isn’t suitable for complete beginners –
you will need a basic ability to play your instrument and read music.

Musical Opportunities

During the week, you will receive masterclasses, chamber music, mixed ensembles, workshops and a one hour daily choir session. You’ll have multiple opportunities to perform regardless of your skill level, but the highlight will be the end of the week concert on Saturday that is open to family and friends.

Additional individual vocal coaching may be available to interested participants – please express your interest in the musical history section of our application form.

Whilst we encourage everyone to take part in all performances and activities, we will not force anyone to participate if they don’t want to do so for whatever reason.  However, we hope our friendly and accepting community will lead all musicians to take part, even if it is slightly outside of their normal comfort zone!

Special offer for percussionists

Our Summer School percussionists are welcome to join us before the start of the course for a weekend residency with the Colin Currie Quartet, which features Colin Currie, Sam Walton, Owen Gunnell and Aidy Spillet. 

The event starts on Saturday, 25th July with an open rehearsal from 3.00pm and an evening concert at 7.00pm in Cedars Hall, Wells. On Sunday 26th July, participants will join Colin Currie and his quartet for an inspiring day of percussion of all ages and levels. This two-day event (normally £65) is free for our Summer School percussionists. Summer School residents should contact us on 01749 834298 if they would like accommodation for Saturday night as well. Advanced students wishing to have conservatoire advice and audition experience should please indicate so on the summer music application form. 

A Typical Day

7.30am: Wake up call for boarders
8.00am: Breakfast
8.30am: Registration in Cedars Hall for both day and boarding students
9.00am: Group warm up
9.15am: Departmental music sessions
11.00am: Break
11.30am: Departmental music sessions
12.30pm: Lunch

1.15pm: Departmental music sessions
2.45pm: Activities – sport, swimming shopping, individual practice
4.30pm: Departmental music sessions
6.00pm: Supper
Departmental music sessions
7.45pm: Day pupils depart
Boarders activities
9.30pm: Bedtime routine begins (age dependent)

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

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 course, we will appoint music teachers of a comparable calibre to teach courses.


The course costs £945 boarding and £745 day.  The course includes meals (lunch and dinner for day). 

Please note that a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the course fee is required to reserve your place, with the balance due on 1st May 2020. Bookings made after the 1st May 2020 must be accompanied by the full fee for the 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
  • Details about any medical insurance cover, if applicable
  • Details about your child’s medical history, including dates of any major illnesses
  • Payment card details
To book onto our course, please note you will need to complete the following steps:

If you have any questions or if you’d like help with the application process, please contact us on 01749 834298 / [email protected]

Useful Links

Virtual Open Day

Ages 2-18

Saturday 3rd October
from 10.30am – 1.00pm
Click here to register

Summer Schools

We have, very reluctantly, decided that we need to cancel our summer schools for 2020 due to Covid-19. We have extensively explored all options, trying to find a viable solution. But sadly, we have come to the conclusion that there are too many variables outside of our control to run our summer courses this coming year. We are extremely disappointed but the safety and well-being of our participants and staff remains our primary concern in these exceptional times. Please see the link below for our 2021 dates.

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