Summer School 2017

2017 Summer School: Sunday 20 - Saturday 26 August

Junior Course: Wednesday 23 - Saturday 26 August

Main Course: Tuesday 22 - Saturday 26 August

Accelerated Group: Sunday 20 - Saturday 26 August

Advanced Courses: Sunday 20 - Saturday 26 August

This year we are holding the Summer Bass Club Courses in 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.

International students may ask for help with basses.


Principal Tutors

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

Jan Alm, Assistant Principal of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Professor at Gothenburg University

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

Frances Emery, freelance player, teacher at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and Dulwich College. Bass Clubber.

Special Guest Artists

David Allen Moore, Los Angeles Philharmonic and professor at the University of Southern California.

Alberto Bocini, Solist and professor in Geneva.

Charles DeRamus, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and professor at Gothenburg University.

Junior Course

This course nurtures the young player within an environment of excellent technical training, concentration and music making. The most experienced young players of this group are Grade 5 and above and will have special attention with a junior masterclass and chamber music. Music making and learning will be fun as well as demanding.

  Summer 2017 Brochure

  Summer 2017 Booking Form


Main Course

A masterclass with Jan Alm and Caroline Emery kicks off this course of technique classes, quartets and ensemble work. There are lots of performance opportunities and plenty of inspirational advice to improve and build confidence. By the end of the week you will be whizzing around the bass. To be able to cope with this pathway some basic two octave scales need to be comfortable with good posture and bow control. Thumb position will be introduced.

  Summer 2017 Brochure

  Summer 2017 Booking Form


Accelerated Group

This innovative section will allow younger players to benefit from a carefully crafted timetable alongside the Advanced Course. There will be progressive technique classes, masterclasses and performance classes. Ability to play in thumb position with some three octave scales is expected. Selection for this course will be by invitation or by submission of a CD/DVD.

  Summer 2017 Brochure

  Summer 2017 Booking Form


Advanced Courses

Upper Advanced Course

It is an enormous pleasure to welcome back David Allen Moore and we are fortunate to be able to add Alberto Bocini and Charles DeRamus to the Bass Club team.

Students will benefit from progressive technique sessions and small tutorial masterclasses.

There are also larger masterclasses, performance classes, chamber music, lessons and orchestral repertoire sessions.

Advanced Course

This course caters for bassists who are at least Grade 8 standard and who show serious promise on the instrument. There will be progressive technique classes and the timetable will mirror the Upper Advanced course.

Chamber music is an important focus of the week.

It will be expected that you come in good shape and attend the full course. Early booking is advisable.

  Summer 2017 Brochure (Advanced Courses)

  Summer 2017 Booking Form

To apply for Summer School courses please contact Caroline Emery:

 email Caroline Emery at the Bass Club

 Telephone +44 (0)20 8330 3188.