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We are so pleased you can join us for this year’s European Youth Music Week!

 

We are proud to be celebrating 50 years of developing international friendship through high-quality music-making. This course is much more than simply playing in an orchestra; we look forward to reuniting with you or meeting you for the first time soon!

This is a working document and will be continually updated as we get nearer to the course. If an item is labelled as ‘TBC’, this means ‘to be confirmed’. We might not know the exact details just yet, but we will update these details as soon as we are able to. You will be emailed to alert you when the document has been updated.

Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky
Symphony no.4

Vaughan Williams
Symphony no.2 "A London Symphony"

Copland

Rodeo

Dvorak

Noon Day Witch

Abreu

Tico Tico

Chamber Orchestra

Stamitz
Viola Concerto

 

Mendelssohn
Hebrides Overture

Beethoven

Symphony no.5

String Orchestra

Vivaldi arr. Glennie
Concerto in C Major

 

Barber
Adagio

Wind, Brass & Percussion

Widdowson

Ayahuasca

Repertoire

We regret that we can't send out copies of the music in advance due to copyright reasons. However, everything out of copyright is available on imslp.org

Where and when

What to expect

There are many different musical and social activities at EYMW! Each day will be slightly different, but here's a taste of what you should expect from a usual course.

Daily schedule

The schedule will a little different every day, but you should expect the following rehearsal sessions:

2x Full Orchestra

1x Chamber Orchestra

1x Strings or Wind/Brass/Perc.

1x Chamber Groups

1x Choir (optional)

Regular breaks are scheduled, along with breakfast, lunch and evening meal.

Social activities

Making friends is as much part of a course as the music. You should expect:

An onsite nightly bar (serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)

A day trip to Cambridge

Karaoke, Ceilidh (traditional dancing) and quiz evenings

Concerts

Participants perform in two concerts:

A Chamber Music concert takes place on Friday featuring performances from all the chamber groups formed on the course. This may include standard repertoire, participant compositions or improvisation.

The Abschluss Performance – Saturday 6 August – is an evening where the larger ensembles perform a variety of what has been prepared. This is free of charge.

EYMW 2022

Pre-course information
Course venue

The course and all rehearsals will take place at Oakham School – a boarding and day school, situated in the centre the rural town of Oakham in the county of Rutland.

Address

Chapel Close, Market Pl, Oakham, Rutland, UK LE15 6DT

Check-in and registration

Sunday 31 July – registration will open at 15:00, and the first rehearsal will begin at in the evening after dinner. We recommend participants arrive before 18:00.

Check-out

Sunday 7 August – the course officially finishes at 09:00 after breakfast, however participants can leave at any time after the concert to suit their travel needs.

Accommodation

Participants will stay onsite at student accommodation at Oakham school.

Breakfast, lunch and evening meal will be eaten at the onsite cafeteria.

There are also small shops, pharmacies, pubs and cafes nearby in the town. 

Travel

Travel is not included in the course fees and participants will need to make their own way to the course. If you fly, we recommend landing at Birmingham or Stanstead airports as we can meet you at the airport and travel with you on the train to Oakham.

By Air to Stanstead Airport

An EYWM staff member will be greeting participants at the meeting place on the map opposite. They will travel with those participants on the train to Oakham at 15:00. (The meeting place is TBC)

You can book your train ticket(s) in advance at www.nationalrail.co.uk or at www.thetrainline.com or buy on the day (this may be more expensive).

Please note, there will be no escort on the return journey when the course is over. We recommend flights are booked no earlier than 14:00.

By Air to Birmingham Airport

An EYWM staff member will be greeting participants at the meeting place on the map opposite. They will travel with those participants on the train to Oakham at 15:00. (The meeting place is TBC)

You can book your train ticket(s) in advance at www.nationalrail.co.uk or at www.thetrainline.com or buy on the day (this may be more expensive).

Please note, there will be no escort on the return journey when the course is over. We recommend flights are booked no earlier than 14:00.

By Train

Those arriving and/or departing by train, the station is only a short walk from Oakham School and the accommodation. 

You can book your train ticket(s) in advance at www.nationalrail.co.uk or at www.thetrainline.com or buy on the day (this may be more expensive).

What to bring

What is provided

Bedding is provided, and all rooms have a mirror

Food is provided whilst on the course

Music is provided, though you may wish to bring a pencil!

T-Shirts

T-shirts for this year’s course can be collected at registration on the first day of the course. They will cost between £10 and £12 and you will need to pay in cash when you arrive. Please order on the pre-course information form.,

What you will need

Enough clothes for the length of your stay. We cannot guarantee there will be laundry services on-site or nearby.

Smarter clothes for the performance (black trousers/skirt, coloured shirt/top is recommended)

Toiletries (shower gel and shampoo, toothpaste etc...)

Towel(s)

Personal grooming equipment (hairdryer)

Sun cream (yes, it can get sunny in the UK!)

Water bottle for rehearsals

Instrument (Double basses and percussion is provided. Cellos arriving from outside UK should contact the EYMW administrator if you need to borrow a cello. Clarinet players are advised to bring an Clarinet in A if they have one).

Spending money for the trip to Cambridge, and for anything you wish to buy whilst traveling.

Student welfare

We want you to have a great time whilst you are with us, and all of the staff on the course are here to support you.

We have a behaviour policy for all participants, and recommend you read before coming to the course.

We have a Student Welfare Officer – Matty Leow (an ex participant of EYMW) who you can approach at any time, and you can email Gareth, the course administrator, with any questions before the course too. 

All participants...

All participants should complete our pre-course information form and provide details about their health and dietary requirements, travel arrangements and other bits of details we need to make sure your stay with us is comfortable. Please read this page and the behaviour policy before completing the form. 

Visas for non-UK participants

We advise participants to read the UK Government's advice on travelling to the UK. This includes information on Covid (currently nothing required to enter the UK) and what you need to get through the border checks.

You might also want to use the UK Government's "Check if you need a visa" service to make sure you don't need any extra documentation.