So child friendly and such an enjoyable experience... Everyone got to play in different styles and experience so much music without it feeling regimented... The improv showed that the kids got a chance to experience other aspects of music that they might not always get when they are ploughing through grades. The enthusiasm of the teachers was amazing... it would be hard to find a course which has got the balance as well as Priory Farm has.
Andrea Monaghan 2017
To find out more before you apply, please scroll down the page for details about the camp, and about course fees including information about family discounts and bursaries.
Our next dates:
2 - 8 August 2020
Welcome along to our 15th Priory Farm Music Camp. We are proud of the way PFMC has continued to be as inclusive as possible while staying uniquely small.
Musicians aged about 8-11 (the age range is flexible) are welcome to apply for a place on this residential camp. Our small size and friendly setting enable us to encourage musical development in each child, through orchestral and ensemble playing with the help of specialist instrumental coaching.
This year we are moving to an absolutely perfect new venue set in a beautiful part of the Cotswolds, near to Moreton-in-Marsh. (This is about 20 minutes west of Priory Farm). Children will still camp in tents, and spend much of their time outdoors, playing music and having fun with new friends. PFMC is the perfect setting for children to grow in confidence: not just musically, but socially, and, with a wonderful swimming lake (complete with its own little island), a tennis court, a purpose built adventure playground, and acres of green fields, it is a fantastic summer adventure!
With some reluctance, we have raised the fee this year due to all the associated extra costs of moving to a larger venue. It is going to be very exciting and well worth the move, we hope you will agree.
The fee covers absolutely everything: delicious and healthy food, fantastic care, adventure, sports and fun and the very highest quality chamber, choir and orchestra tuition for 7 days and 6 nights. There are no hidden costs although we will have merchandise available to purchase on camp, including our lovely hoodies, t-shirts and frisbees.
Families with more than one sibling coming will receive a 10% discount off the total bill.
We also have bursaries available. These are by kind donation of past parents and generous friends of Priory Farm Music Camp, and are awarded on the basis of financial need. Please do email for a bursary application form if cost is a concern as we don't want money to be a barrier.
Is music all we do?
Not at all! Lunch is followed each day by 2 hours of free play. Children can swim and play tennis, plus there are the opportunities to have a go at rugby, frisbee, football and rounders. A picnic, camp-fire, ceilidh and disco are highlights of the week. If it rains we have plenty of fun and creative indoor activities to do, like table-tennis, story-reading, arts and crafts, and loads of games.
Chastleton Glebe is safely nestled in a small Gloucestershire hamlet, in scenic rural surroundings.
Families are encouraged (but not required) to bring along tents, and the children camp in carefully chosen groups. No-one camps alone!
All our staff offer their care and guidance throughout the week. We constantly strive for an atmosphere of friendship and teamwork between staff and children and the high staff:child ratio of 1:5 means that if problems such as homesickness do arise they are easily spotted and quickly sorted.
Our tutors are professional musicians, who come from across the UK to teach at Priory Farm. We have a violinist and the first In Harmony Artistic Director from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Sally Anne Anderson) and a percussionist and music arranger from the esteemed Hackney Colliery Band (Olly Blackman) who bring their very different but complementing skills, and equal levels of enthusiasm and inventive teaching (often outdoors). Ceri Essex and Adelaide Carlow run their own practices teaching music in schools and at home in Wales and Scotland. Adelaide is occasional lower strings tutor with Sistema Scotland. Meghan Perry is an Edinburgh-based cellist who specialises in chamber music. Meghan is also a hospital consultant and offers experienced support to our on-site first-aiders. Grace Dale, Timothy Cape, Rosamund Hawkins and Ben Handysides are all brilliant musicians and teachers on keyboard, wind, strings, brass and percussion. Grace leads our fabulous Scottish ceilidh, We have a vibrant and growing group of under-grads and graduates of music, and also previous attendees of PFMC in their younger days and together they form our experienced, caring and energetic welfare team. Georgina Thomson is our lovely head chef, providing healthy and balanced food to suit busy, outdoors children: sustaining, yummy meals, along with lovely cakes...