Easter music course

Coronavirus - update 19 March: All Surrey Arts activities cancelled

Following the latest Government advice relating to public gatherings, non-essential contact and social distancing, it has been decided to cancel all Surrey Arts activities until further notice including ensemble rehearsals, concerts, lessons, activities, and the Surrey Arts Easter Music Course. All upcoming exams are also cancelled.

Surrey Arts are continually monitoring the situation relating to the impact of the coronavirus and are following guidance given by Surrey County Council and Public Health England. We will keep in contact with our customers by e-mail and SMS on any changes to planned activities. Please contact us by e-mail: surreyartsmusic@surreycc.gov.uk rather than by phone if you have specific queries.

We appreciate your patience during this period.

Our Easter music course is an annual event held at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School for the last 40 years. The event consists of orchestral and choral workshops, with residential and non-residential music courses. The event offers young people the chance to develop, play and perform with other musicians while making friends and having fun.

If you have any further questions email alison.harding@surreycc.gov.uk

Please note courses are subject to change.

The workshops include.

Please visit the Surrey Music hub for other workshops.


Orchestral workshops

Main course

For young people of 11 to 18 years old who are approximately Grade 4 standard and above (it is not necessary to have taken any exams).

Opportunities to play in an Orchestra, Wind Band and Jazz Band all with a team of dedicated professional tutors supporting each section and always on hand to help and give advice.

Residential option

If you opt for the residential course will be looked after by a dedicated team of house staff and accommodated in one of the purpose built student halls ay Royal Alexandra and Albert School. All of the accommodation blocks contain televisions as well as games rooms and outside of rehearsal time many fun activities are organised. Quiet spaces can also be arranged for pupils wanting to revise.

All meals and refreshments are provided throughout the day and always prove popular with the students.

Non-residential option

Financial support could be available. Check the Surrey Music Hub website for funding opportunities

Mini course

For players of around grades 1 - 3 with two ensembles to choose from: Strings (for violin, viola, cello and double bass) and Wind Band (for all brass, woodwind and percussion). An end course concert will be held on Wednesday afternoon.

Residential option

If you opt for the residential course will be looked after by a dedicated team of house staff and accommodated in one of the purpose built student halls ay Royal Alexandra and Albert School. All of the accommodation blocks contain televisions as well as games rooms and outside of rehearsal time many fun activities are organised. Quiet spaces can also be arranged for pupils wanting to revise.

All meals and refreshments are provided throughout the day and always prove popular with the students.

Non-residential option

Financial support could be available. Check the Surrey Music Hub website for funding opportunities


Orchestral come and try

A non-residential free event for 4 - 18 year olds to come and try the many instruments in an orchestra. Trumpet, cello, bassoon, double bass, tuba, percussion and many more. Parental supervision required.


Orchestra Explorers

We are offering two half day courses for anybody that has recently started learning an instrument giving them a chance to play in an orchestra perhaps for the first time.

During each session pupils will play a variety of fun music specially chosen for beginners and will learn how to play as part of an orchestra. The pupils will be tutored by our Surrey Arts teaching team and will be helped and supported every step of the way. The pupils will get a tour of the fantastic Gatton Park site and will get to hear a range of music played by the older children taking part in the main course.

Pupils can choose to do either one of the workshops or can of course do both as different music will be played during each session.
These courses will be most suited to anybody learning an orchestral instrument that can play just a few notes up to about grade 1 standard.


Singing workshops

Around the World

8 - 13 year olds

A musical menagerie with folksongs, traditional music, spirituals and more from around the world. Join our fantastic vocal tutors as they take you on a journey through a mix of musical styles and provide tips and tricks to help you with your singing and practice!

Sing the Shows

8 - 13 year olds

A workshop for singers working on amazing songs from musical theatre. From classics by Rogers and Hammerstein to new musicals like The Greatest Showman and Mamma Mia, you'll explore a world of musical delights under the tuition of leading professional musicians and vocal coaches. Experience is not essential - come along and have fun with us!

Make a Mash Up

13 - 18 year olds

Working with professional musicians and vocal coaches, learn more about your voice with singing exercises and discover how to make a vocal mash up of traditional songs, spirituals and rock and pop music. Ideal for a developing singer looking for an exciting challenge. Singers should be able to hold a tune and have some group singing experience (in a band, choir, a cappella group for example) to get the most out of this workshop. Be ready to improvise and have fun in this exciting workshop!


Contemporary music workshops

DJ and music production

A unique three hour workshop for young people aged 8 – 16 years old to learn the art of DJing and an introduction to music technology in a fun and educational way. Use mixing consoles to beat match, blend, cut, paste and scratch music to create a DJ mix. No previous musical experience necessary.

Guitar grade development

Studying for a grade? This workshop will cover all the core skills needed for your supporting tests. Session skills such as:

  • Creative improvisation
  • Sight reading Chord charts/melodic lines
  • Music theory/-Ear training skills

This workshop will be based around 'Rockschool' and 'Trinity Rock and Pop' exams but even if you aren't studying a graded exam these skills are a vital part of any musicians development.