High School Students Playing In School Orchestra Together Image: The Stables

National Youth Music Camps to take place during July and August

The National Youth Music Camps offer young people of all musical abilities the chance to come together and take part in an inspiring and varied week-long music and camping experience

Managed by The Stables Theatre, the National Youth Music Camps are in their 49th year. The Camps were founded in 1970 by Avril Dankworth, the sister of Stables founder Sir John Dankworth.

Alumni include Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Guy Chambers (songwriter for Robbie Williams) and Tim Firth (writer of Calendar Girls). This year’s Camps will be taking place at Piper’s Corner School in Great Kingshill near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

Graeme Surtees, head of Learning & Participation at The Stables, said:

“The combination of great facilities, inspiring tutors and the opportunity to camp and connect with the outdoors makes for a magical experience. It creates a stimulating environment for any young person interested in music, regardless of their playing standard.

“The only requirement is that you love music and are keen to develop your talent.”

End of the week showcase

Campers can expect to try anything from orchestral playing to jazz improvisation, ukulele sessions and steel pan groups to music theatre production, choirs and rock bands. Everyone also works together to stage a musical as part of the end-of-week showcase for parents.

The Camps’ tutors are experienced musicians and teachers who are committed to inspiring and coaching the next generation of musicians. All campers and tutorial staff eat, sleep, practice and perform on site, creating a fun and vibrant camp atmosphere. All the camps activities take place in the school grounds and buildings, including the school’s 300-seat state-of-the-art theatre.

Young group of friends playing music Image: The Stables

National Youth Music Camps 2019 Dates

Teenage Camp 1 (for ages 13-17 years): Sunday 28 July-Saturday 3 August

Teenage Camp 2 (for ages 13-17 years): Sunday 4-Saturday 10 August

Junior Camp (for ages 8-12 years): Sunday 11-Saturday 17 August


Fees include tuition, food and camping facilities:

Teenage Camps (including £30 deposit): £335

Junior Camps (including £30 deposit): £315

More information at www.stables.org