Music for You event goes international

PUBLISHED: 15:48 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:26 10 June 2010

THURSDAY, AUGUST 7: Music for You summer schools celebrates its 11th Music Summer School from August 9 - 16 in East Devon and is set to feature artists from around the world. Devon musicians are wanted to come and join in with the week's activities at Bicton College. Course

Music for You summer schools celebrates its 11th Music Summer School from August 9 - 16 in East Devon and is set to feature artists from around the world. Devon musicians are wanted to come and join in with the week's activities at Bicton College. Courses include lessons in jazz, rock, classical, singing, conducting and even Taiko drumming. Organisers say the fantastic music and beautiful venue of Bicton College is a winning recipe that offers something special for everyone. Adults and children are both welcome and courses are structured for all abilities."We put on this annual event to support and encourage local people to develop their interest in music," said Dawn Bradley-Buxton summer school director. "There is certainly something for everyone this year and I hope that many musicians in the area will come and join us for a variety of musical performances. If you don't play then do come and listen to the concerts as a receptive audience plays an important part in the week. Do come and join us - it really is an opportunity not to be missed!"She added: "The 2008 course participants can also expect expert tuition from a host of exuberant tutors. The special ingredient about these music courses is that both adults and children can play side by side at a variety of levels. This is the 11th anniversary of Music for You and we pride ourselves in treating everyone as individuals. "It is very important that if you are at an advanced level you are musically challenged and have the opportunity to play with others of a similar standard. Likewise, if you are a beginner or have taken up an instrument later on in life, it is important that musicians are supported and guided in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere."On Tuesday, at 2pm, world famous Brazillian percussionist Jaso Bosca will be running a series of workshops for all ages and abilities. In the evening the music will continue in a world of samba and Brazilian styles to get your feet tapping. On Wednesday all rock musicians should head straight to Bicton College to meet band members from Swans in Flight. Dawn commented: "Don't miss this opportunity. The band represents a highly energised collection of fantastic young talent." Workshops will start from 4pm and will include, lead guitars Dan Crisp, drum kit Robin Guy, bass Alan Bray and vocals Hugo Montgomery Swan and Joy Russell. For those interested in sound engineering, there is the opportunity to speak to album producer Mark Tucker. The concert kicks off at 8.30pm and promises to be a memorable evening!!If classical music is more your style, there will be performances in the beautiful Bicton Gardens in East Budleigh from 2pm on Wednesday. Dawn said: "Musical directors Guy Woolfenden and Laszlo Marosi will ensure a fantastic afternoon of music. Simeon Yates and Steve Grant are also running an intermediate group for wind band and ask any local woodwind, brass and percussion players to come and join in. This will take place in the Italian Gardens."On Thursday, at 2pm, there is the opportunity for people of all ages to turn their hand to Taiko drumming. The Kagamusha Taiko Drumming Centre, based in Exeter, will be giving their time and expertise to share their passion for drumming! The Kagamusha Taiko drumming festival group will perform at 7.30pm in the evening. The week's events will end with performances by the Intermediate and Symphonic Wind Bands at Bicton College at 7pm and with jazz performances at the King's Arms at Otterton from 8.30pm.For more information call Dawn Bradley-Buxton for a 2008 brochure on 07973 504855. Or visit their website www.musicforyousummerschools.co.uk. Email admin@musicforyousummerschools.co.uk.

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