I liked that I learnt to enjoy how to play the violin and I wanted to play and practise as soon as I got home.
2018 will be Huntly Summer School's ninth year. Every year, we provide instrumental teaching for one week culminating in a concert. We aim our classes at beginners but also have opportunities for intermediate levels. We teach by ear and in groups to make it fun and accessible to all.
We are a not-for-profit organisation that relies on voluntary work throughout the year. We subsidise every place by 75% so that music is accessible for all. Over the years, we funded by a range of arts organisations, foundations, trusts and charities.
'My girls felt involved and excited at playing in a concert!'
Our aims are to make music accessible for all, to inspire young people through music and to create a lifelong love of music. We do this by teaching groups by ear. Our participants also work with talented professional musicians who they would not normally get a chance to learn with. We also aim to make performance an exciting and enjoyable experience.
At Huntly Summer School, our teaching ethos is simple: we want participants to be able to take part and enjoy music and the arts. To make sure people can afford HSS, we find funding and do fundraising ourselves so that we can provide a 75% subsidy on every place.
In order to ensure that our participants enjoy our classes, we handpick our tutors so that our classes are both welcoming and nurturing in atmosphere and rewarding in goals and achievements.
All the money we receive is used to run Huntly Summer School. No shareholders and no profit margins to worry about.
We are supported by a tireless community of volunteers who run tea afternoons, advertise and talk about us, design and run our website for us and provide essential support. Thank you!
We are community-based and focused. We do not provide food or accommodation for participants as our classes are aimed at the local community.
As a result of this, we don't skimp on quality. We hire experienced and interesting musicians. Our musicians are paid a fair wage in accordance with Musician's Union Guidelines.
This allows us to be completely participant focused. Every year, we ask our participants how we can improve. They tell us and, where possible, we improve. We choose music that we think participants will enjoy and we endeavour to create a fun and interesting atmosphere and environment in which to be creative.
We rely on the support of individuals, the community and charities and foundations. Want to help and support us? Contact us via