Music — Summer School

This intensive summer school is
designed for enthusiastic brass
players who want to develop high
level performance skills and learn in a
conservatoire setting.
This course aims to develop in the
individual brass player the importance
of a whole mind and body approach
to communicating music through their
Throughout the summer school you
will be supported by experienced
international orchestral performers,
historians and teachers of brass. The
summer school is distinctive in relation
to the quality of coaching that will be
provided by players and teachers who
have reached the highest levels of
performance and education in the music
The course will be led by John Logan,
Head of Brass at the Royal Conservatoire
and feature guest tutors including John
Wallace, Ian Bousfield and Nigel Boddice.
We are seeking a wide variety of brass
players to join this specialist summer
school. We hope to welcome brass
instrumentalists from around the
world to join us in Glasgow at the Royal
Conservatoire of Scotland.
Students should be at least 17 years
of age and have reached a minimum
playing ability of ABRSM Grade 8 or
equivalent in order to fully benefit from
this intensive summer school.
Students who would benefit from this
course may be:
• a student preparing for music college
entry exams
• a music education student who is
planning a career in a performance
• a career music enthusiast wishing to
enhance their musical experience by
working with the Royal Conservatoire
of Scotland as part of a professional
development experience
Students will be required to submit a
CD/DVD for consideration by the Course
Leader in advance of being accepted to
the summer school.
Please record and send a solo piece, of
no longer than two minutes duration,
which you feel demonstrates your
strengths as a brass performer.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
100 Renfrew Street
Glasgow, G2 3DB
4 – 8 August 2014
Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm

The style of engagement of this brass
summer school will be intimate and
informal but demanding.
The structure of the course is based
around daily performance classes and
masterclasses with specialist teachers.
As well as individual one-to-one lessons
and masterclasses, you will have time
for personal practice and ensemble
rehearsal. An informal concert will take
place at the end of the summer school.
During this course you will:
• achieve a greater awareness of the
physical aspects of playing a brass
• deepen your understanding of the
communication skills needed by the
• broaden your knowledge of
the repertory available to each
instrument from its origin
• enhance your experiences of
ensemble playing skills
• gain greater confidence in
performing for an audience
As well as concentrating on musical and
physical awareness, you will explore
the repertoire the various instruments
inhabit and sometimes share.
The history of each instrument and the
effect of that history on the development
of each instrument and its repertory will
also be explored.
Different musical genres that require
alternative styles and techniques such
as jazz and world music will also be
explored as part of this summer school.

An exploration of music and
performance on early brass instruments
will feature, and you will participate in
a Victorian brass band using historical
instruments from the John Webb Brass
You will also be given the opportunity to
participate in conducting workshops.
The physical aspects of playing a brass
instrument will be explored with the
opportunity to take part in an Alexander
Technique class.
The following is an example schedule of
the Brass summer school. Please note,
some of the content may be liable to
10am – 10.30am
Instrumental warm-up session
10.30am – 12.30pm
Individual lessons*/Masterclass
12.30pm – 1.30pm
1.30pm – 2.30pm
2.30pm – 3.30pm
Small chamber ensembles
4pm – 5pm
Victorian brass band/Large ensemble
5pm – 6pm
Performance class
*Students will receive two individual 30 minute
lessons during the summer school.

John Logan, Horn and Ensemble
Head of Brass at the Royal
Conservatoire of Scotland
John studied initially at the Royal
Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
(the previous Royal Conservatoire of
Scotland) before he completed a post-
graduate study at the Guildhall School of
Music and Drama.
He went on to join the City of
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under
the direction of Sir Simon Rattle.
During his five year tenure in
Birmingham, John enjoyed worldwide
touring and involvement in major
recordings. He was also at this time
heavily involved with the Orchestra’s
education programme.
In 1994, John was appointed Associate
Principal Horn with the Royal Scottish
National Orchestra and has continued
his involvement in many other areas
of the music profession. He is also an
accomplished accordion player.
As a talented education animateur, John
has written several composition-based
music projects and has delivered them
in schools and communities. In addition
to conducting young musicians such as
the Royal Conservatoire’s own Symphony
Orchestra and Junior Symphony
Orchestra, John is used regularly with the
RSNO as a conductor and arranger for
their annual St. Andrew’s Day concert with
Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain and many
of Scotland’s other top folk musicians.
Professor John Wallace, Trumpet
John Wallace is Principal of the Royal
Conservatoire of Scotland. He is also
Chair of Conservatoires UK and a
member of the Association of European
Conservatoires Council.
John Wallace was born in Scotland,
attended Buckhaven High School in
Fife and Kings College Cambridge. In
professional life, he became a member
of the London Symphony Orchestra
trumpet section and later, from 1976
to 1995, Principal Trumpet of the
Philharmonia. He formed his own brass
ensemble, the Wallace Collection in
1986. Diverse composers including James
Macmillan and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
wrote him concertos.
He co-edited the Cambridge Companion
to Brass Instruments (CUP) with Trevor
Herbert. Earlier this year a new book,
The Trumpet, co-written with Alexander
McGrattan, was published by Yale
University Press.
Professor Ian Bousfield, Trombone
International Fellow
Ian Bousfield has been at the top of
the profession for over a quarter of
a century, excelling in more facets of
the music business than any other
trombonist to date.
His career has included playing in two
of the top four orchestras in the world:
the London Symphony Orchestra and
the Vienna Philharmonic/Vienna State
Ian has performed as a soloist at the
highest level with orchestras and brass
bands, on period instruments, as a
recording artist with top labels, on the
soundtracks of Hollywood blockbusters,
and taught at the Royal Academy in
London. Ian is an International Fellow of
the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Nigel Boddice, Conductor
Nigel Boddice M.B.E., Hon. A.R.A.M.,
enjoys an impressive and enterprising
conducting career.
For his musical input and work with the
youth of Scotland, Nigel was awarded
an M.B.E. in the 2005 Queen’s Birthday

He has a wealth of experience in a
number of musical fields. The early days
were spent in community bands, almost
entirely in brass bands. After study at
the Royal Academy of Music, he was
appointed to the BBC Scottish Symphony
Orchestra as Principal Trumpet where
he worked for the following twenty
years. Since 1995 Nigel has travelled
extensively to conduct many a varied
combination of orchestra, ensemble and
band. One of these highlights included
the appointment as Chief Conductor to
the Royal Norwegian Navy Band (KNMM)
for some seven years.
Nigel has worked at the Royal
Conservatoire of Scotland since 1978
and combines his role as a Lecturer
in Instrumental Performance with
managing the Conducting department.

Expert tuition from performers and
teachers from Scotland’s top orchestras
as well as the Royal Conservatoire will
support all areas of brass performance
during the summer school. We will also
invite guest specialists to join us for
workshop and masterclass sessions as
Before you attend
A list of pieces, studies and music
from the orchestral repertoire will be
provided to each student accepted onto
the summer school well in advance of
the course start date. These should be
prepared as fully as possible to allow
teachers to work with you on advanced
technique and musicality.
While you are here
For daily practice, bring loose and
comfortable clothes in which you are
happy that you can move freely.
For the final summer school concert,
please bring smart all-black attire in
which you will perform.

All short courses can be booked online
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select the course you wish to book and
follow the instructions to confirm and
pay for your course online.
If you wish to speak to a member of the
Short Courses team, please get in touch at:
T: 0141 270 8213
This is a course where
you will learn what it is
like to study at a conservatoire.
You will be taught by the best
staf at a very high level and
meet musicians who share your
passion. The course includes
short conducting sessions to
teach the basics and also involves
playing in diferent types of
groups including brass ten piece,
orchestral brass and
individual lessons.
Brass summer school
student 2013