Posted in Suzuki category on 1st September 2012
Malvern motivates Music at Heart
The annual Suzuki Flute and Recorder Summer School in Malvern is a popular event in the calendar of the national Suzuki community in the UK. This year a Music at Heart family took part and came away full of inspiration, together with many happy memories of fun and friendship. Mum writes:
My two children (aged 6 and 8) and I went to summer school this year and had a great time. It was a very busy five days, with master classes, ensemble and group lessons every morning. We also did ‘tonalisation’ exercises to develop tone quality and breathing, involving a lot of lying down with animal bean-bags on tummies! We had informal concerts every evening where the children played to each other, and on the last night we gave a concert in Malvern Priory church. Local people (non-Suzuki) in the audience were very complimentary about how well and confidently everyone played and what a lovely sound they made.
Some people stayed in the school accommodation provided, but we chose to camp in the grounds of one of the school boarding houses but had lunch catered, which I would recommend to anyone. There are bathrooms and a kitchen indoors and a very friendly atmosphere around the tents. It also made it all quite a bit cheaper, and we made some new friends too. We went swimming in the lovely 1930s school pool and had lots of fun watching the Olympics together in odd spare moments.
So what did we get out of it? My family had a lot of fun and gained confidence by the minute. When my daughter played her first ever public solo her brother was so visibly proud of her, it was lovely. There were some really good role models among the older children and teenagers, to show that recorders are for life, not just for junior school, and some great teachers. I found it really helpful meeting with other Suzuki parents and picked up lots of tips about practice from the parent talks. The children didn’t want to leave – there were tears most of the time we were packing up, until they realised everyone else was going too!
If you can go, do! We are already saving up for this year, and the expert visiting musician is a recorder player [Piers Adams] this time…