Summer Sounds at the Royal Irish Academy of Music

In July 2018, the Royal Irish Academy of Music is hosting two instrumental camps. These full day, non-residential courses run from the 2 – 6 July, 10am – 4:30pm, and are both for 12-18 year-olds, playing to a Grade V standard (it is not a prerequisite to have attained the grade).

The Summer Sinfonia (previously Orchestral Manoeuvres) is an orchestral course for string players, brass, woodwind, and percussionists. The idea behind the course is to let young musicians engage with excerpts of standard classical repertoire, formative and enjoyable works that will build their musicianship. All the participants will also have a chance to enjoy social games and get-togethers, all under the guidance of our course supervisors.

The director of the Summer Sinfonia is Ciarán Crilly, the Artistic Director of the UCD Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the UCD Ad Astra Academy for the Performing Arts (Music), and Assistant Professor of Orchestral Conducting in the UCD School of Music, where he teaches courses on performance, analysis and modernism.

As an added bonus, the Summer Sinfonia will have the opportunity to work with IAYO Orchestral Conducting Workshop students, under the watchful guise of Robert Houlihan.

At the same time, the RIAM will host the Summer Wind Ensemble, a course dedicated to wind, brass, and percussionists. The ensemble will play everything from pop to Latin, and classical music, giving performers the opportunity to indulge in a variety of genres. As with the Sinfonia course, all the students will have the opportunity for fun and engaging social games.

The director of the Summer Wind Ensemble is Brendan Breslin, Head of RIAM Connect, Artistic Director of the Irish Youth Brass Band, Musical Director of the Irish Film & Pops Orchestra, Musical Director of the Ardee Concert Band, and Musical Director of the Downtown Big Band.

Both groups will perform in the closing celebratory concert in St Andrews Church, Westland Row, on the 6 July at 6pm.

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