A Student’s Eye View-Bryanston Residential Music Course 2014

Bartholemew Scattergood, flautist aged 16, shares his thoughts on this year’s residential music course at Bryanston School in Dorset…..


Once again Bryanston lived up to my expectations. The main highlight is always the food. The portions are humungous and I always feel over-fed by the end. Luckily the giant expanse of campus always helps to burn off the extra calories put on.

On the first day we each were allocated an ensemble, which was Study 1. Wind band, Guitars and String Group. I play the flute so was put into the Wind band and it was amazing. This year we played “The Theme from Star Trek”, “Saxophone Rag” and the finale was “76 Trombones”. Even though we only played those three pieces in the concert we practiced many other songs including “The Theme from Schindler’s List” and “The Pines of Rome”. These were at a range of difficulties to fit all abilities.

After that we had Study 2, where you get to choose which ensemble you wanted to be in: Woodwind, Brass, Choir or String. I chose the Woodwind group and we played three pieces: “Danse Macabre”, “Flight of the Valkyries” and “Mars: Bringer of War”. After that we split off further, and joint with the oboes, we formed the Floboe group, where we played two pieces called “Highway Blues” and “Shimmering Flutes” that we renamed “Shimmering Flobs”.

When we weren’t spending our time playing music we had time to spend doing sport or swimming at Bryanston’s sport’s facilities. There were squash courts, basketballs courts and even the opportunity to play Badminton. There was even the opportunity to go swimming at 7 o’clock in the morning! The yearly Bryanston Quiz always provides many laughs with rounds including naming instruments and guessing the famous people with the winning team this year being the team with the lowest amount of points! The revue followed this on the Friday with many performances including a jazz version of “My favourite things” and a rendition of “Castle on a Cloud” from Les Miserables.

The Concert on the Saturday was a massive success with pieces from all groups, including the massed singing item of “Stairway to Heaven” finishing everything off! Thank you Bryanston for another wonderful year and I can’t wait for next year!