Bryanston Music Course 2015 – A Student’s Perspective!

Isabella Walker, flautist aged 13 writes:

In the Easter holidays, BSYM went to Bryanston school in Dorset and it was a great opportunity to meet new people and to improve our musical skills. We all had a room of between 1 and 4 people and they all have everything you needed. We had about 20 hours of rehearsals in total which all went so fast where we had orchestra (which was my favourite), wind band (which I did)/strings/chamber choir/guitar group and we also all did the creative workshop. For that, we all got put into 4 groups which all had two older leaders- mine were Toby and Erin. Each group got given a picture which they had to make up a piece about using only body percussion- it was really fun! On the last night we all performed our creative pieces and had a vote for the best one which then got taught to the rest of us to perform at the concert. Even though we had 5 hours of rehearsals a day, we had lots of breaks as well where we could chat, explore the impressive ground, use the impressive sports facilities or even go to the school’s own costa! Every day we had a huge range of delicious food to choose at meal time which were way better than my school lunches! We played Star wars, an impressive carnival piece with the whole orchestra, a really tricky scottish dance and my favourite piece ‘Arctic Fire’ to name a few! The pieces were all quite challenging but I feel like I learnt a lot from them- especially from sitting next to the senior BANES flute player! The parents all really enjoyed the concert on the last day and were just as impressed with the school as we all were! Bryanston was an incredible experience and I can’t wait to go again next year!