Sound and Music Summer School 2016

  • Purcell School Aldenham Road, Bushey Hertfordshire WD23 2TS United Kingdom

About the SaM Summer School


Sound and Music is once again on the look out for the next generation of musical creators, sound generators and future composers; to join us for a life changing, unique week of experimentation, collaboration, learning, creating and socialising.  

If you are a talented young composer, enthusiastic about learning and interested in joining us, we would love to hear from you!

Course highlights

"Without this course I would never have realised that I could be a composer."

Now in its eighth year, the celebrated SaM Summer School is the only residential course of its kind in the UK for young creators and composers aged 14-18, devised by Sound and Music, the national charity for new music, in partnership with the Purcell School of Music.

Our Summer School gives you an opportunity to explore and develop your musical ideas, be inspired by your peers and try new areas of musical creation; from composing for film to writing for voices – you can stretch your imagination and ours too. 

You will spend a week with 75 other young composers, working with the most talented tutors and professional musicians in the UK today; from new media to jazz and everything in between, you will be surrounded by a wealth of experience and expertise.

Explore your unique style

"I was around such talented individuals that I felt more inspired to create something great."

At SaM we celebrate diversity; we aim to challenge perceptions, to encourage creativity and collaboration, and we love to hear something new.

During the residential course, you will be able to work in your own style of music-making, whilst also working with other composers and musicians to explore new and different ways of making music; from experimental vocal to conventionally notated.  

At the end of the week, your new musical creation will be performed at a special live, preview event for friends, family and VIPs, and you will receive a recording of the piece of work you have created!

“The tutors were all so professional and treated us with so much respect. They were so inspirational.”

How to apply

Application deadline: 31 March 2016

Application reqjuirements

  • You must be aged 14-18
  • You must be based in the UK, or a UK citizen living overseas

For full information about how to apply, go to the applications page here.

Fees and bursaries

It costs £450 to attend the SaM Summer School; this includes all tutoring, accommodation, food and activities throughout the week.  

Here at SaM we are determined that everyone who is accepted on the course should be able to attend regardless of their family’s circumstances.  

We are committed to supporting young talented composers and we have special bursaries and scholarship support available for students, whether you are from a low or higher income background. As a guide, young people from families on low incomes claiming benefits will not be expected to pay anything.

If you have any questions about the cost of the SaM Summer School then please contact us and we will be happy to talk to you – we really do want to help you to come and have the most amazing week of music-making!

Contact us

If you would like to talk about your application, please contact Judith Robinson on 020 7759 1800 or


SaM Summer School takes place at The Purcell School for Young Musicians, the oldest specialist Music School in the UK, based in Bushey, Hertfordshire; you will eat, sleep and create there alongside your new friends.  

You can get to the Purcell School by train or car and we will send full details and directions to everyone who is participating. A minibus shuttle service will also be operating during the week between Watford Junction station and the school.