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Welcome to Bass Club


Now in its 28th 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 2014: International Summer School

Sunday 24th - Saturday 30th August 2014

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

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

Jan Alm, Assistant Principal of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

Tom Goodman, London Symphony Orchestra.

Quirijn van Regteren Altena, Royal Conservatoire The Hague, former Principal Double Bass of the Hague Orchestra.

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

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

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


Three Junior Courses

Junior Course:  Wed 27 - Sat 30 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 on Tuesday 20 August.

Main Course:  Tues 26 - Sat 30 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.

Accelerated Group:  Sun 24 - Sat 30 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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Two Advanced Courses

For advanced students, Bass Club provides a unique mix of masterclasses, technique classes, orchestral classes, chamber music and ensemble training together with access to repertoire designed to stimulate development.

As the schedule for advanced students is wide but specialised, students gain confidence and skills that provide immediate and future benefit.

Advanced Course:  Sun 24 - Tue 26 August

The Advanced Course caters for bassists who are at least Grade 8 standard. Most participants extend their experience by also attending the Advanced Continuation or Main courses.

Advanced Continuation Course:  Sun 24 - Tue 26 August

There will be ten places on the Advanced Continuation Course. Students will benefit from progressive technique sessions.

There are also masterclasses, performance classes and orchestral repertoire sessions with Petru Iuga, Caroline Emery and Jan Alm. There will also be individual lessons and chamber music. Selection for this course will be by invitation or by submission of a CD/DVD.

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