Our popular and fun Junior Days are designed for young recorder players up to the age of 18 to enjoy a day of workshops and playing opportunities, meeting other children at a similar age and level, with a shared enthusiasm for playing the recorder. Participants often travel from far and wide and enjoy making new friends, learning new skills, and hearing and experiencing all kinds of interesting or unfamiliar music and instruments!
Friday 31st July 2015
9.30 for 10am start until 3pm (Beginners & Level 1)
9.30 for 10am start until 4.30pm (Level 2 & 3)
St John’s Centre, 222 Epsom Rd, Merrow GU4 7AA
Our Junior day tutors this year will include Rebecca Austen-Brown (Junior RCM), Annabel Knight (Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildford Recorder Ensembles) and Amy Whittlesea (Wells Cathedral School)
Participants are divided into different groups according to age and experience. If you are not sure about which level to apply for, do drop us a line and we can try to assist. In addition there is always flexibility on the day to transfer between groups, in order to find the most comfortable level, both in terms of age/social mix and skills.
Beginner Level (Participants should ideally know some basics): 10am – 3pm £30
Level 1 (Grades 1-3): 10am – 3pm £30
Level 2 (Grades 4 -5): 10am – 4.30pm £45
Level 3 (Grades 6-8): 10am – 4.30pm £45
Activities will include:
- Ensemble playing (some tenor and bass instruments are available, but do bring your own if you have them). We will supply music at an appropriate level.
- Special workshops and demonstrations to choose from – Eg treble and bass recorder beginners; mini-masterclass (a chance to share a solo piece); improvisation class; working with electronics and special effects; preparing for auditions and diplomas (for more advanced players)
- Tutors’ concert
The course takes place in a secure hall, in a quiet residential area on the outskirts of Guildford with close access to local shops. Participants are advised to bring a packed lunch, but teas/coffees/soft drinks and other light refreshments are provided at a nominal cost.
Although we take our duty of care for all participants very seriously and believe the centre to be a safe and secure environment, children are not officially supervised during breaks, so parents of younger children may wish to stay on site during the day.
The nearest railway stations are Guildford (main line, trains from Waterloo) and London Rd, Guildford. From Guildford Bus Station (easily accessible from Guildford Main Line Station), buses to Merrow are Nos 37, 462 or 463. The stop is called Merrow Church, right by Merrow shops. The St John’s Centre is on the opposite side of the road, to the left of the Church.
From Merrow to Guildford Bus Station you can take bus 36, 478 or 479.
From London Road Guildford Station, you can take a 36 bus. The stop is along the London Road just outside the High School. This bus goes round the houses a bit, but will drop off outside the Horse & Groom pub, next to the church and centre.