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Musical Play in a Week

Click the image below to see photos from the 2013 Musical Play in a Week

Please note the summer school is now sold out!

A summer week of creativity and fun for 10 to 15 year olds!
If you enjoy acting, making music (any instrument) and listening to thrilling stories from the past, come and join us.  No previous experience is required, just enthusiasm and commitment. 

The Secret Orchestra explores the story of the young composer, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and his employer, Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia.  Frederick lives for music, and invites Emanuel to join his orchestra, but there is a problem: his tyrannical father, the King, has forbidden his son to make or listen to music.  Frederick and his musicians defy his father's orders and perform in secret. Can Frederick's household be trusted to keep quiet? What will happen to young Emanuel if the musicians are discovered?

The daily sessions take place at the National Centre for Early Music from 10am to 4pm, with a performance for family and friends on Friday 15 August at 7pm. The fee is £100 per child. Places will be confirmed on receipt of the completed booking form (download below) along with your payment.  To book click here
A limited number of half price bursaries are available for children from low-income families, supported by The Rotary Club of York Vikings.  Please email or telephone 01904 632220 for further details.

To download the booking form click the link below below

To see images from previous Musical Play in a Week projects click here
The parents' response:
"The music was fantastic."
"It brought out the best in my child - she was so shy before but she has been buzzing from Day One."
"The expectation is high, but the children manage to exceed everything asked of them."
"The NCEM is a wonderful place and has the ability to bring out the best in all children with its education programme."
"The children really step up to the mark."

The children's response:
"It has become a highlight of my holiday."
"The staff and students are fun to work with and help me feel more confident on stage."
"I get a huge sense of achievement at the end of the performance. I am always left with a fantastic sensation that can only be described as buzzing."
"This week was epic!"
"Amazing!!  I really enjoyed myself."
The Musical Play in a Week is supported by The Mayfield Valley Arts Trust.