YOUR COURSE LEADERS
British Youth Music Theatre courses are led by highly respected professionals in their field, giving participants the opportunity to experience learning from the industry’s best. Course leaders: Writer/Director Carl Miller and Composer/Musical Director Christopher Ash will be joined by special guests throughout the week.
Carl and Chris’ work has been produced across the country and internationally including at the National Theatre, The Other Palace, the Belgrade Coventry, Leeds Playhouse and Birmingham Rep. Their recent musical Wasted was described by WhatsOnStage as "essential viewing if you’re interested in the future of the British musical”. As a Musical Director for the Olivier Award winning improvisers The Showstoppers, Chris will also be bringing his experience in using improvisation for writing to the course.
COURSE STRUCTURE & PROGRAMME
A six-night, fully-residential programme, the core of the week will be whole group sessions focused on practical work, and active involvement for participants. The course also includes opportunity to specialise, develop work, benefit from mentoring through individual one-to-one sessions, and seminars and Q&As with industry special guests.
Welcome, introductory session and ice-breaking
MONDAY – FRIDAY
Three sessions each day will include –
Listening / reading and discussion of examples
Sharing material written by group members and from existing work
REFLECTIONS & RESPONSES
Sharing viewpoints and ideas in an open and creative way that is supportive and encouraging;
Rewriting and development of ideas
Practical writing exercises
Elements of songs;
Elements of scenes;
Getting started and keeping going
In smaller groups writers/composers will specialise in bookwriting, lyrics or music
(although we will cover some aspects of all three with everyone as well)
Each participant will receive a one-to-one mentoring session with the course leaders.
Q&As and Seminars
Training and Q&A sessions with industry special guests
*guests will be announced soon
Preparation of informal sharing to be delivered by British Youth Music Theatre’s Alumni Performers;
Review and look forward
An informal sharing of work for an invited audience of family and friends
- Inspire you to keep writing or composing
- Give you the practical tools to support your further development
- Leave you with a sense of the breadth of possibilities in writing music theatre: the diversity of styles and people possible.
- Connect you with other writers who may be future writing collaborators and friends
For participants aged 16-25. We invite applicants from any part of the country and abroad. A good understanding of spoken and written English is required.
You don’t have to be able to read music notation to participate in the course, particularly if you are interested in the script writing thread of the course.
However, if you are interested in the composer/songwriter aspect of the course you would either need ability and confidence with an accompaniment instrument, or abitlity and confidence with reading/writing music notation, so you will have at least one of those skills to benefit from the composer thread of the course.
Any applicant who is musical (eg. a singer) but can't play an instrument nor write notation would still get a lot out of the course as a lyricist/book-writer and could also be involved in melody-writing exercises from a musical point of view.
Much of the course will be whole group, intergrating all three disciplines and so any participant would benefit from this aspect of the course.
Godolphin School, Wiltshire
The Godolphin School is an independent boarding school founded in 1726.
Godolphin School, Milford Hill, Salisbury SP1 2RA
Sun 4 August - Sat 10 August 2019. Sessions start at 4pm on Sun 4 August, participants will leave at 5pm on Sat 10 August.
British Youth Music Theatre courses are subsidied by Arts Council England as well as various other funders, and as a not-for-profit organisation the course fees help us to cover our costs. The course fee covers full board accommodation, the highest quality tuition, and 24-hour pastoral care.
Domestic students - £750 (deposit: £150), domestic is classified as British/Irish taxpayers.
Overseas students - £850 (deposit: £150), overseas is classified as non-British/Irish taxpayers, living outside UK or Ireland.