3 Day July Youth Orchestra Summer School

22nd / 23rd / 24th July 2019 – 3 day Youth Orchestra Workshop.

Durlston Court School, Barton On Sea, Hampshire

Suitable for 8-16 years old with grade 2 level playing ability and up. 9am – 4pm each day with possibility of later pick up club if necessary. If you are in doubt about age or ability levels please feel free to contact us for advice.


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Over the three days of this youth orchestra summer school, we will be working on different styles of music, Baroque to Jazz and beyond.  This immersive environment is great for fast-tracking your child’s progress and giving them the experience and confidence to play in other ensembles. A playing level of Grade 2 and above is advised to get the most out of the workshop, however you need not have taken the exam to come along. We can cater for more experienced players (up to Grade 8) and will tailor the course to their needs and provide the correct challenges to suit playing abilities.

Each of the 3 days will start at 9am and finish at 4pm with breaks for refreshments and snacks. The sessions will include full orchestra, sectional rehearsals and smaller ensemble playing.

If you have any doubts as to whether this would be suitable for your child, please contact us to discuss the course further.



Youth Orchestra Summer School


There will be a number of specialist, experienced tutors on hand to help in the full orchestra and sectional sessions. These tutors include:

James Rawlinson – Woodwind (Clarinet, Saxophone & Flute)

James teaches in various schools in Hampshire & Dorset as well as his own private studio in Bournemouth.  James was classical trained and attended the Royal Academy of Music. He now also specialises in jazz, improvisation workshops and leading ensembles. He also started JazzSmart 10 years ago which has been running improvisation and jazz workshops with some of the UK’s leading jazz musicians ever since. You can watch him leading The Red Fez Orchestra as well as performing with various bands and ensembles in and around the U.K.

Rob Dishington – Piano and Clarinet

A music teacher with experience in primary, secondary and special education, Rob is Currently Director of Music at Durlston Court School, New Milton. He is a pianist, clarinettist and conductor who regularly performs and occasionally composes and arranges. Previously, he worked as a freelance répétiteur for Welsh National Opera, was Musical Director for the City of Cardiff Concert Band (a mainly student orchestra), and recently for the Briantspuddle Singers in Dorset. He has played and sung with various orchestras, bands and choirs including for the Bournemouth Community Gospel Choir and Wimborne Choral Society, and has taken school groups to perform at venues locally (e.g. Lighthouse, Poole) and nationally (e.g. the Royal Albert Hall). Rob currently plays piano for the Red Fez Orchestra and directs an annual choral-orchestral concert as part of the May Festival, a well-established music festival based at St. Stephen’s Church, Bournemouth.

Rebecca MacDonald – Upper Strings (Violin, Viola)

Rebecca graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a BMus (Hons) specialising in Viola. Whilst there she won first prize in the Watson Forbes Viola Competition and was invited to play with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Rebecca is upper string specialist at two of the South’s leading independent schools and  boasts an impressive record in securing high exam performance for her students, enabling music scholarships to acclaimed musical institutions, including St Swithun’s School, Winchester.Rebecca has gained a wealth of experience within the education sector, coaching string ensembles, chamber groups and orchestras at a number of schools.

Encouraging youngsters to play in orchestras is something Rebecca is passionate about, developing the next generation of classical musicians to expand and augment the music scene in the local community.

Andrew Blee – Saxophone

Andrew graduated from the University of Chichester with a Bmus (Hons) in Jazz Performance, and is currently studying for a Masters in Music Performance at The University of Southampton. Andrew spends most of his time teaching privately as well as some local prominent music schools. He co-runs JazzSmart with James Rawlinson, ensuring budding musicians gain access to some of the World’s best educators and musicians. Andrew can be seen gigging regularly with The Tom Belbin Trio and The Red Fez Orchestra.