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Amadeus Academy 2016

July 17-23 2016, Perrott Hill School, Somerset


Stimulation and relaxation.

The Amadeus Academy is an annual residential summer orchestral training course held for the benefit of young professionals and music students from across the globe who wish to gain orchestral experience in a professional but relaxed climate. The first three days are given over to rehearsals, including sectionals with some of the country's most experienced orchestral players. There are then public performances in stunning venues.


ProgrammeWhere & when? Who can apply?How much will it cost?How to apply



Stravinsky: Petrouchka

Finzi: Cello Concerto

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue


Cello -Raphael Wallfisch

Piano -Malcolm Forbes-Peckham


Conductor -Philip Mackenzie Leader - Madeleine Pickering


Strings Tutor - Michael Gurevich , Wind Tutor - Edwin Roxburgh, Brass Tutor - Peter Bassano


Where and when?

Sun 17 July - Arrive at Perrott Hill by 5 pm. Map & directions

Thu 21 July - Concert in the Wiltshire Music Centre

Fri 22 July - Concert in Exeter Cathedral

Sat 23 July - End of Course



Who can apply?

The course is open to young professionals and music students from anywhere in the world. Whilst many applications come from Conservatoires, we warmly encourage applicants from Universities and from anyone hoping to be in the profession soon.


There are a few places for non-orchestra players. The cost is the same, but you will be expected to carry out a few duties, such as shifting percussion, selling programmes and stewarding at concerts.



How much will it cost?

£220 is all it costs for the week. This takes care of all your needs, including food, accomodation and travel to the concerts, although you may need some money for the bar. Course fees are non-refundable.


If you know of a company or individual who will pay half or more of your fee, your benefactor will be named in the programmes as Sponsor of your Chair. (Students often get their parents to sponsor their chair.) Many music colleges will help with the cost of courses, if applied for in good time. We will offer five half price places to people with genuine financial hardships. Contact us for more details



How to apply?

Download & complete this form (word format)and send to the address at the bottom of the form or by email. Or contact us to be sent a form.


If you are accepted onto the course before 1 May 2016 you will be asked for a deposit of £80 and final payment of £140 one month later. If you apply on or after 1 May 2016 and are accepted then the full £220 will be requested at that time. Cheques should be made payable to: Amadeus Chorus and Orchestra. If you wish to pay by electronic transfer contact us for bank details.


If you haven't been on the course before, please enclose a current CV.


Free Beer!

Anyone who's been on the course before will know that the free beer in the evenings is an integral part of the week. We aim to provide as many different types of real ale as possible - a lot will come from Uley Brewery, one of our sponsors. If you don't like beer, don't worry, there's plenty of choice in the very cheap bar!

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