VaCO Residential Winter Course 2017
Date: December 27, 2017 – December 30, 2017
Location: Cundall Manor School, North Yorkshire YO61 2RW
For returning participants, this traditional course between Christmas and New Year remains the highlight of the VaCO calendar, and the repertoire that our fabulous musical director, Xenophon Kelsey MBE, has selected is both challenging and immensely rewarding – for both player and audience.
Our residential course offers world-class training in orchestral and chamber music for advanced young musicians. We combine professional rehearsal techniques and standards of performance with a course that is enjoyable and friendly.
There will be two days of intensive rehearsals, before performing two concerts on consecutive nights within Yorkshire. VaCO courses are famous for being great fun – but they are also hard work and offer excellent musical experience.
Course fee: £130 – includes accommodation, food and concert transport
Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin
Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante for Wind
Sibelius – Pelléas et Mélisande Suite
Respighi – Ancient Airs & Dances
Kevin Flynn Sub Principal Violin with BBC Philharmonic
Peter Dykes Associate Principal Oboe with Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Josh Hall – Oboe
Aaron Hartnell-Booth – Clarinet
Guylaine Eckersley – Bassoon
Billy Marshall – French Horn
2 double bass
3 French horns
Bookings are closed for this event.
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!
Freelance Pianist and former VaCO soloist