VaCO Residential Summer Course 2017

Date: August 19, 2017 – August 26, 2017
Time: Residential
Location: Cundall Manor School, 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



Kodaly – Summer Evening

Elgar – Chanson de Matin for violin and orchestra (Soloist to be confirmed)

Britten – Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Soloists: David Woods, Billy Marshall)

Françaix – 9 Pièces Caractéristiques for Wind Dectet

Elgar – Salut d’Amour for violin and orchestra (Soloist to be confirmed)

German (arr. Kelsey) – Two of the “Just So Songs” (Soloist: David Woods)

Elgar – Idylle for violin and orchestra (Soloist to be confirmed)

Lalo – Two Aubades



Peter Dykes (Associate Principal Oboe with Royal Scottish National Orchestra; formerly 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


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I played orchestral piano/continuo harpsichord & organ for VaCO for several courses and was given a fantastic opportunity to play Ravel's piano concerto a few years later on a Christmas course. The courses themselves are thoroughly enjoyable, I've worked with fantastic musicians (students and professionals - many of whom I still work with today!) and have also made some friends who I still see regularly, not just from the UK but all over the world. Anyone would enjoy themselves in such a great atmosphere and if you get the chance to do one of the courses don't miss the opportunity!

Simon Passmore

Freelance Pianist and former VaCO soloist