Welcome to Bass Club

Now in its 29th year, Bass Club provides students the specialist tuition they need to reach and go beyond their ambitions. Courses are tailored to the individual's needs and the atmosphere is uniquely supportive.

Whether you are an advanced player taking professional auditions or a young player going on your first specialist course, Bass Club provides a wonderful opportunity to develop your skills and playing. The repertoire, teaching and communication styles have been developed over many years.

Bass Club's musical staff are all experienced, specialist bass teachers. On each course there is also a full programme of free time activities.

Over forty recent commissions of new music for chamber groups of basses provide Bass Club students with an extensive repertoire for all levels of playing.

AUGUST 2015: International Summer School

Main & Accelerated Courses: Mon 10th - Sat 15th August 2015

Junior Course: Tue 11th - Sat 15th August 2015

Advanced Courses: Sun 23rd - Thur 27th August 2015

This year we are returning to the intimate and inspiring surroundings of the Yehudi Menuhin School, set in a convenient rural location in Surrey. The school is conveniently placed between Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

The atmosphere is international, collegiate and exciting. The Yehudi Menuhin School is a fantastic setting for a bass course, with plenty of space to work and study, along with excellent accommodation and food.

German, Spanish, French and Swedish can be spoken in lessons this year as well as English. International students may ask for help with basses.

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Principal Tutors

Jan Alm, Assistant Principal of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

Caroline Emery (Course Director), Professor at the Royal College of Music and Yehudi Menuhin School.

Jiři Hudec, soloist and Principal Bass of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

Elena Hull, freelance player and former teacher of the Royal College of Music Junior Department.

David Allen Moore, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Gareth Wood, composer, conductor and former member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Main Course

Mon 10 - Sat 15 August

A masterclass with Jan Alm and Caroline Emery kicks off this course of technique classes, quartets, ensemble work and one-to-one sessions with Caroline and Jan.

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Accelerated Course

Mon 10 - Sat 15 August

Building on last year's great success, this innovative course allows younger players to benefit from a carefully crafted timetable alonsgide the Advanced courses. Selection for this course will be by invitation or by submission of a CD/DVD.

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Junior Course

Tue 11 - Sat 15 August

The Junior Course is for players up to Grade 5 (or as advised by Bass Club). It features quartets, musicianship and ensemble work. More advanced players in the group are recommended to consider also attending the Masterclass Day.

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Advanced Courses

Sun 23 - Thur 27 August

For advanced students, the Upper Advanced Intense and Lower Advanced Intense provide a unique mix of masterclasses, technique classes, orchestral classes, chamber music and ensemble training together with access to repertoire designed to stimulate development.

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