The first ever Great British Music Camp is set to kick off this summer, with enough places for just 70 enthusiastic young musicians.
This not-for-profit music camp aims to inspire participants and broaden their musical horizons, with expert tutors such as Nick Byrne, cellist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Steve Askew, guitarist with Kajagoogoo.
'I'm delighted to be involved with something so exciting,' says Steve. 'The Great British Music Camp is truly unique in that it offers campers the chance to learn from working musicians and experience a real crossover of musical styles. There is just so much talent in so many different areas.'
Musicians will learn everything from classical to jazz, rock to beat-boxing and more from experienced volunteer tutors in the Congleton countryside.
During the week, campers participate in sessions based around their preferences, as well as an orchestral ensemble and many other tailored activities. Concerts take place every night, culminating in a full-scale production in the main theatre on the final Saturday afternoon.
The Great British Music Camp is a not-for-profit venture and all tutors have volunteered their time to make this an exciting and inspiring experience for the nation’s next generation of artists. All profits will be reinvested in music education. ‘I felt there was a real need to provide an all encompassing residential experience for young musicians, to harness their potential and expand their horizons,' says Jason Tebble, creative director of GBMC. ‘We hope that this experience will encourage young people to see music as more than just a hobby – it’s a valuable skill with the power to enhance every aspect of their life.’
The Great British Music Camp 2014 will take place from 10-16 August at Clonter Theatre, Congleton. Applications are welcomed from all young musicians between the ages of 12 and 17, regardless of experience. More information can be found at www.gbmusiccamp.co.uk or email information@