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Holiday Music Courses 2019

Please note - Details of our 2019 SUMMER holiday courses will be published in DECEMBER.

Our Holiday Music Courses have now been running for over 30 years; they provide a unique experience to all who come on them GAM Holiday Courses

Our music courses offer a unique combination of:

Comments from parents after recent courses:

Although we look forward to seeing the large number of our students who return year after year because they've enjoyed themselves so much and because of the friends they have made, we delight in welcoming newcomers who are quickly made to feel at home.

Each Course offers a full programme of music sessions mixed with some time for fun and relaxation.   On all of our student courses, a dedicated Welfare Team look after the students when they are not in music sessions.

Our Easter Holiday Courses are non-residential and are offered from our music centre in Gloucester.   Students bring a packed lunch and are kept busy with three days of orchestral and chamber music.

GAM Holiday Courses Please browse around the site to see what we have to offer.   A summary of this year's course programme, including fees, can be seen in the table below and full details of all the courses can be found in the individual course factsheets.

All teachers and welfare staff hold a current DBS clearance.   For details of our Child Safeguarding Policy please click here,

How To Book:
You may book by following the link here and submitting a £50 deposit payment to the following account:

Sort code: 40-52-40

Account number: 00031239

Please use your child's name as the reference.

If you would like to pay by cheque, please make it payable to Gloucestershire Academy of Music and post to GAM at Barbican House, Barbican Road, Gloucester, GL1 2JF.

Please use a separate form for each course booked.

Details of our many attractive discounts can be found here - simply click on the "Discount Details" panel below to show the information.

Discount Details (click here)


  • 10% discount on any subsequent course(s) booked by the same student in 2019

  • 5% discount off total bill for families who have more than one child doing courses in 2019.

For any student who has attended a course in the past and is coming again in 2019 -


  • 10% discount if you Introduce 1 Friend
  • 20% discount if you Introduce 2 Friends

Friends should be new to GAM, having not attended a course, session or individual lesson in the past at GAM and goes on to subsequently book on to a holiday course.

The above discounts can be cumulative up to a maximum of 35%.

Please note:  these discounts do not apply to Adult Music Courses.

Bursaries Available:
We offer Bursaries to help with the costs of a Gloucester Academy of Music Holiday Course.   Although financial circumstances are taken into consideration, all applications are considered on an individual basis also taking into account the student's aptitude for music making.   Please view the Bursary application form here or email for more details.

A couple of months before the course is due to start you will be sent an invoice for the remaining payment, a Health Form to complete on behalf of each student and a set of Joining Instructions.   These instructions include a list of what to bring, when to arrive, emergency contact details, etc.  

All communication is by email unless you ask to receive everything by post at the time of booking.

GAM Holdiay Courses

If you have any questions or require more information or help, please contact the Courses Administrator -

by email at

by telephone on 01452 668592

or write to:
Gloucestershire Academy of Music
Barbican House
Barbican Road

Course Programme Summary
April 8-10   'Bow It'
Directed by Glyn Oxley
For string players from beginner to Grade 4/5 standard
Location: Barbican House, Gloucester
Fee: £129

  'Blow It'
Directed by Wes Duggan
For wind and brass players from Grade 1 to 5 standard
Location: Barbican House, Gloucester
Fee: £129
April 12-14   Adult Chamber Weekend
For wind, string and brass players of grade 6+ standard
Directed by Glyn Oxley
Meals included
Location: Barbican House, Gloucester
Fee £185

  Adult 'Bow It'
For string players of grade 1-5 standard
Directed by Glyn Oxley
Meals included
Location: Barbican House, Gloucester
Fee £185
August 4-10 Early Music (Adults)
A course for singers and players of Renaissance instruments
Directed by Philip Thorby
Location: Glenfall House,
Mill Lane, Cheltenham, GL54 4EP
Residential - camping - or local B&B
Fee: £460

-- Booking Form --
Find the 2019 Easter Courses Booking Form here.
Booking Form

Early Music (Adults)
-- Booking Form --
Download a 2019 Early Music course booking form here.
EM Booking Form Booking Form

-- Health Form --
You can download a health declaration form from here.
Health Form Adult Health Form
Health Form Student Health Form