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... I imagine that 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. Children will camp in tents, and spend much of their time outdoors, playing music and having fun with new friends. It is the perfect setting for children to grow in confidence: not just musically, but socially, and, with swimming lake, tennis court and acres of green fields at their fingertips, it is a fantastic summer adventure!
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, with an extremely quiet track leading to it, and in scenic rural surroundings.
Families are encouraged (but not required) to bring along tents, and the children share with one another (not necessarily in their own tent). 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 from the 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...
Staff in pictures
This covers absolutely everything: food, care, tuition and fun for 7 days and 6 nights. There are no hidden costs although there is the chance to purchase some merchandise (such as clothing and frisbees) when you come to camp. 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. Up to 50% of a place could be awarded to your child on the basis of financial need.
Please do ask for a bursary application form if cost is a concern as we really want to help you.
Comments from previous years
'Wonderful and inspirational" "Magical" "Joy and confidence" "Thought and energy" "Excellent and extraordinary"
Click here to access our application form which you can fill in on line. If you have any difficulty accessing or filling in the form, please email us. Thank you!
Cia Durante 2017
She has asked please please please can she come again next year!
Emma Best 2017
"Thank you so much for such a lovely time at Priory Farm! I had a wonderful stay and everyone was so nice and helpful! I would absolutely love to come back and help when I am 16 if that's ok?!
Love Fiore x"
"Brilliant! Beautiful! Bold! and Joyous!"
Such an amazing week! Really varied music making, pre-breakfast tennis, endless swimming sessions, Olympic games, tractor rides, great food, bed time stories and just being in the wonderful surroundings of Priory Farm. The concert was really impressive - to have reached that level of collaborative music making in just 5 days, with every child having the opportunity to shine as well as play and sing in a number of groups both small and large, was incredible. And what a great variety of music and arrangements. It was a joy to watch! I was very struck too by the pastoral care for the children and the quality of the PFMC team and just delighted by my childrens' response to the whole experience.
Lucy Shaw, London
A huge thankyou - Rosie had a fabulous time. She loved the Frisbee especially. But also really enjoyed the junk band and the way she was given things to say to help her get the rhythm. Thank you for all your and your team's efforts.
Lenny Thomson, Norfolk
"PFMC was by far the most wholesome & upbuilding experience of our summer."
Hanchen Bertrand, London
"I really don't know how to thank you all enough for giving my children such happy experiences - singing, dancing, playing, laughing, making friends.... how childhood should be. THANK YOU."
Emily Blows, E. Sussex