From 27th–31st July, BIMM Manchester will host its first ever Summer School, giving students the opportunity to commit to an intensely productive week of learning and practice in their chosen instrument.
The first Manchester Performance Summer School will focus on Indie and Rock music and will follow the established BIMM Summer School format, running daily from 10am to 4pm for five days. Mornings are given over to technique and rehearsals, while in the afternoons the different instrumental groups come together and form practice bands to flesh out the songs they have learned.
The intense week builds the students’ skillset and confidence by selecting more complex material as the week progresses. By Friday, students are ready to perform their live finale for invited friends and family. You can listen to previous Summer School cover songs in a playlist for an idea of the kind of material students have worked on.
BIMM Brighton Head of Performance Kieron Pepper is looking forward to getting the Manchester Summer School ball rolling:
“I’m so excited to be bringing the BIMM Summer School to Manchester this year, with some world-class guests and five days spent working on styles, technique and performance with budding musicians from the local area and beyond.”
The special guests are a crucial part of the Summer School appeal, and Manchester is no exception. Professional musicians join the classes to guide the students’ progress and share tips for performance, confidence, instrumental technique and more.
Manchester is looking forward to welcoming Republica vocalist Saffron to work on Vocals, while Charlie Laffer, guitarist for Maverick Sabre, will share his skills with guitar students. Bass players will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Tim Muddiman, bassist for Gary Numan and namesake member of Tim Muddiman and the Strange. Finally, for Drumming duties we welcome to Manchester Jason Bowld, drummer with the hugely influential UK band Killing Joke.
It’s a terrific line-up for our inaugural BIMM Manchester Summer School, and hopefully the first of many more!