About National Youth Music Camps
Camps Dates 2017:-
Teenage Camp 1 (for ages 13-17 years) - Sunday 30 July - Saturday 5 August
Teenage Camp 2 (for ages 13-17 years) - Sunday 6 August - Sat 12 August
Junior Camp (for ages 8-12 years) - Sunday 13 August - Saturday 19 August
Camps fees 2017:-
Teenage camps: £315
Junior camps: £295
What are the National Youth Music Camps?
A week-long musical experience that inspires, challenges, thrills and delights young musicians. From orchestral playing to jazz improvisation, from harmonica sessions to steel pan performance, from music theatre production to recorder and rock ensembles, the National Youth Music Camps are unique in that they offer an inspirational musical and creative environment to all young people interested in music, regardless of playing standard -- there is no minimum grade of entry. Young people take part because they love music.
Lot's of fun! I wish I could be there all the time'
'The only way I could forget Music Camps would be if I had no head!!'
Where are The Camps held?
Campers are provided with tented accommodation on a fully-equipped campsite occupying a tree-fringed meadow close to The Stables Theatre, Wavendon, near Milton Keynes. All campers and tutorial staff eat, sleep, practice, and perform on site. The Stables Theatre is a fantastic venue for daily rehearsals, evening performances and a final presentation for family and friends.
What do we do?
Campers play their main instruments in anything from small group sessions to full camp orchestra, as well trying instruments and musical styles that may be new to them – anything from the steel drums to handbells, harmonica to accordians. As well as trying other instruments there are plenty of opportunities to take part in formal and informal concerts and experiment and create new music.
Each camp also includes a music theatre production, another important part of the experience of camps. All campers take part in the performance singing, acting and dancing as part of the chorus, but there are opportunities for those that are interested to take on larger roles. These short musicals a performed as part of the end of camp show, along with purely musical performances.
The camps rely on expert tutorial staff to guide daily workshops across a wide range of orchestral and individual instruments (string, woodwind, brass, percussion, voice, recorders, keyboard and guitars) and in an exciting range of musical styles (classical, pop, folk, jazz, early music). Events continue into the evening with concerts, a campfire and other chances to socialise.
"I enjoyed all of it!!!"
Why are The Camps so special?
The National Youth Music Camps are unique in that they offer an inspirational musical and creative environment to all young people interested in music, regardless of playing standard -- there is no minimum grade of entry. Young people take part because they love music.
The NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC CAMPS were founded by Dr Avril Dankworth in 1970 on the grounds of The Stables Theatre, near the home of John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. Since their beginning, the camps have been the highlight of the summer for many musical young people aged 8 to 17.
Campers travel from throughout the UK and abroad to be part of a week-long musical experience
The camps offer young people the opportunity to be part of a creative environment demonstrating the Dankworth’s ‘Allmusic’ philosophy, an approach to music that encourages participation, exploration and interaction, treats all styles of music equally and is open to all levels of previous experience.
"I cannot thank you enough for all the very happy times ... at The Stables."
What do parents think?
‘Every year camp gets better … we were moved to tears at the orchestral performance … fantastic!
‘As always they had a lovely time and it really shows when they get home. They become much more enthusiastic about music and all sorts of other things as well.’
‘Thank you once again … I just wish you could hear what we hear when he returns from camp – come to that – see his face when he receives confirmation that he has a place.'
The tutors are professional musicians, teachers or leaders of community music groups, who are chosen for their inspirational musical leadership and commitment to coaching young people.
Each camp has a staff and around 36 volunteers, all with DBS clearance, who volunteer their services to the NYMC each summer. Alongside tutorial staff, there are caterers, maintenance staff and those who meet the pastoral needs of campers. This group of exceptional people -- many of whom are former campers -- returns year after year to form a very capable and sociable team. Their generosity helps to ensure that the opportunities available to campers in the past continue for a new generation.