Top musical talent
The Mansion House at Old Warden Park near Biggleswade is
playing host to some of top musical talents in the world.
The Music for You summer school has this year
decided to locate itself in the stately home and rolling grounds of
the Shuttleworth Estate - and brings with it young musicians from
China, the Continent, Russia and the Americas.
Together with adult learners, the young
students are being coached by some of the very best musicians
(including one who played for the USA President a few weeks ago)
and there is a chance for local people to sign up too.
Summer School Director Dawn
Bradley-Buxton says: “There is not other forum where
people of all ages and abilities are brought together through music
and bring with them their different instruments, styles and
In the first week (Sunday August 6th -
Saturday 11th start1pm) the Orchestral
Course is directed by Guy Woolfenden OBE and Dr Laszio Marosi.
There is also a string course, a wind band and
conductor’s course - which will end with a concert for family and
In the second week (Sunday August 12th -
Saturday 18th start10am) it is Jazz with
Dave Newton, Christian Brewer, Mike Ourtram and Al Swainger, Kev
Sanders and Sam Brown plus saxophonist Alan Barnes running a
workshop on the afternoon of Wednesday 15th.
There is also the Folk Course (August 13th -
15th) directed by Stewart Hardy, Karen Tweedy and Jo Freya .
Various activities are open to non residents - for instance a
ticket to a workshop is just £8 for adults and £4 for children aged
10 - 17. Free for those under 10. There is a folk Ceilidh (kaylee)
dance on the evening of Tuesday August 14th at £15 adults/£7.50
Click here to visit
the Music For You Summer Schools website.
To book please ring and speak direct to Dawn
on 07973 504855 or come along and register on the day.
Michael Chang (French Horn), his wife
Kimberley (Flute) and baby now from Wellingborough, but Michael is
a former Hastingsbury Upper School student.
Frank Jordan from Northampton (bassoon)
Dawn and two children from China
The Mansion House Kathy Birch, Sales
Said Kathy: “This is
great opportunity to bring world class music to Bedfordshire. Local
people have signed up for classes - but we would love to welcome
more to the music sessions. It is rare opportunity.”
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Top musical talent
10 August 2012
The Mansion House at Old Warden Park near Biggleswade is playing host to some of top musical talents in the world.
Rhythm Festivals 2012 notice
03 August 2012
We have been advised by the organisers that the Rhythm Festival had been cancelled/postponed. Please read on for more details.