VaCO Residential Summer Course 2017

Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 – Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: Residential
Location: Cundall Manor School, Cundall, North Yorkshire YO61 2RW

A sensational summer course specialising in orchestral repertoire with coaching from our world-class tutors.

During the course, participants will be immersed into the wonderful world of chamber music and ensemble repertoire, culminating in a series of five evening concerts across North Yorkshire, with additional performance opportunities for smaller groups in an afternoon recital.

The course fee includes coaching from all tutors and our musical director, Xenophon Kelsey, accommodation and full board (where possible, it is likely that one or two meals will not be provided due to logistics when travelling to concert venues).


Course fee: £190



Benjamin Britten – Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op.31 (Soloists: David Woods and Billy Marshall)

Edouard Lalo – Two Aubades

Jean Francaix (arr. Kelsey) – Sept Danses after the ballet “Les malheurs de Sophie”

Sir Edward German (arr. Kelsey) – Just So Stories (Soloist: David Woods)

Edward Elgar (arr. Kelsey) – Three pieces for violin and orchestra (Soloists: To be confirmed)

Zoltan Kodaly – Summer Evening



Peter Dykes (Associate Principal Oboe with Royal Scottish National Orchestra (from July 2017), Associate Principal Oboe, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Wellington Contemporary Music Group, Stroma)

David Aspin (Principal Violist with the Orchestra of Opera North, violist with contemporary chamber group Psappha, viola tutor at the RNCM, regular sectional coach at Chetham’s and NYO)



16 violins

5 violas

5 cellos

2 double bass

2 flutes

2 oboes

2 clarinets

2 bassoons

2 French horns





In submitting this application you are agreeing to the following:

  • I understand that the organisers cannot be held liable for any injury sustained by me, or for any damaged caused to my property.
  • I agree to upload my full CV (or details of education & experience if under 18) immediately after completing this form (you will be directed to the document upload page when you submit).
  • I give my consent for VaCO to contact my referee, without further notice, to obtain a reference in support of my application to this course.
  • I agree to pay the deposit of £50 to secure my place within 7 days of being accepted on the course. (Details of how to make a payment will be included in your invitation to the course).


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