NEW! Summer course 2017

REGRETFULLY THE CYM TAUNTON SUMMER COURSE 2017 HAS BEEN CANCELLED WITH EFFECT FROM 26/07/2017.  Apologies for any inconvenience. Details given below are staying on this page for information only. The decision has been taken to cancel the course and all registered students have been informed. In the circumstances, with the minimum up-take not met, this is the right decision. Plans are already in place for the summer course to run next year in the 2nd week of August (6-10 August 2018). Mark your diaries now as with a year’s notice we are sure the course in 2018 will be a brilliant success.

For further information please contact Rachael Parvin (Head of CYM Taunton), Centre for Young Musicians Taunton, Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3DZ.

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Above: students at CYM Taunton, at Richard Huish College, Taunton, summer term 2017.

NEW! CYM Taunton Summer Course 2017.  A new music summer course in Taunton for students aged under 18.

August 7th-11th, 9am-5pm. 


The CYM Taunton Summer Course 2017 is for students aged 10-18. It will be a fun-filled week of music-making with workshops for bands, creative music technology, orchestra, singing, and theory of music. Hugely beneficial for students doing or contemplating doing music GCSE / A Level, the course will help improve music performance, composition and written exams.

The course is designed to provide students with intensive yet enjoyable training to develop both creative and instrumental/vocal skills and complimenting their regular term time activities both in and out of school. The week will end with a showcase concert for families and friends during the final afternoon.

Places are available for all ensemble instruments: strings, woodwind (including saxophones and recorder), brass, percussion, guitar and bass guitar, and piano/keyboards.

All students will play in small and large instrumental ensembles and will also have access to creative music making, singing, and theory of music.  Creative music technology is offered to students aged 13-18.

The course will be led by CYM tutors supported by a pastoral team engaged to ensure the well-being of all children throughout the course.

The age limits and ability levels should be taken as guidelines.  CYM Taunton will consider applicants on the fringes of these levels if the course is deemed suitable for their needs.




Practical workshops for wind band, jazz band, and orchestra will be open to all instrumentalists of a minimum standard equivalent to grade 3 ABRSM or Trinity College London. Led by brass specialist Jim Bennett, all the bands and orchestra parts will be arranged as appropriate for the level of the players including for a ‘covers’ band with brass section.


Creative young musicians interested in arranging, sequencing, sampling and mixing music on computer using Logic will love this course led by studio expert Hayley Burgess. Any genre of music, no previous music production experience necessary. Suggested minimum age: 13.


Led by singing expert Lisa Tustian, these dynamic and exciting singing workshops will help improve all students’ vocal skills and develop repertoire across a wide variety of styles from sacred music to West End & Broadway musical theatre hits. Lisa’s junk percussion workshops are legendary and great fun for all.


Ideal for musicians who are preparing for ABRSM/Trinity Grades 1-5 Theory qualifications, the course covers a vision of basic music theory as well as triads and cadences, and an introduction to composing melodies. Led by flute player & teacher and theory expert Sarah Clarke-Lander, applicants are encouraged to bring any theory questions causing concern.



Five day course £270.

To secure your place, please complete the online application form, which is the general application form for CYM Taunton.  In the “Particular things that interest me” box please state SUMMER COURSE 2017 as well as giving us more information about you.

You should then send a cheque payable to Centre for Young Musicians for the course fees: £270.

Early bird discount of £20 on full fees paid by 30 June 2017.

Please send your cheque payable to Centre for Young Musicians to: Rachael Parvin (Head of CYM Taunton), Centre for Young Musicians Taunton, Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton TA1 3DZ.   Please contact the CYM Taunton office for online banking details: 07754 217993 |



  • Discount of £20 only available on full fees paid by 30 June 2017.
  • CYM Taunton will consider applications for part-time attendance, e.g. single days or half days, at the cost of £27 per half day pro rata.
  • Once payment has been received no refunds can be given unless exceptional circumstances.
  • In the event of the course becoming oversubscribed, places are awarded on a first come first served basis.
  • Parents/carers will be required to complete the CYM’s Carer Agreement Form and Images Consent Form before the course begins.



CYM Taunton Summer Course 2017 will take place at Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton TA1 3DZ from Monday 7th August to Friday 11th August 2017.

Workshops will start at 9am and finish at 5pm daily.

Drop-off between 8.30am-9am and collect by 5.30pm daily.

Refreshments (squash & biscuits) will be provided during the morning and afternoon breaks.
Students will be supervised during all breaks.

Students should bring a packed lunch. Secondary aged students will only be allowed off site during lunchtime with written permission from parents/carers.



Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) is a division of the Guildhall School and CYMs are located in London, Norwich, Taunton, Saffron Walden and Peterborough.

CYM is part of the Guildhall School’s Young Artists division, which also includes Junior Guildhall.  The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is provided by the City of London Corporation.

Centre for Young Musicians Taunton provides high quality sustainable musical training for young people on Saturdays in term time.  Based at Richard Huish College in Taunton, the Centre is open to all children learning to sing or play an instrument as well as beginners.

Every student has an exciting, personalised timetable to improve music skills, knowledge and confidence alongside other like-minded musicians.  No audition is required and students can join at any point in the academic year and continue instrumental lessons with their current teacher.

With groups for singing, woodwinds, brass, strings, guitars, piano, orchestra, and bands there is something for everyone, as well as classes in history of music, theory, aural, general musicianship, singing and composition.

NEW! From September 2017 a course in creative music technology will be offered at CYM Taunton to secondary age students.

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For further information please contact Rachael Parvin (Head of CYM Taunton), Centre for Young Musicians Taunton, Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3DZ.

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