Timetable

THE NEW BBSS TIMETABLE

SUNDAY
13.00 Registration and room allocation
16.00 Welcome Meeting - Dining Hall
16.30 Massed Sectional - Sectional Rooms
18.00 Dinner – Dining Hall
19.00 Massed Band Rehearsal – Auditorium
20.30 Break
21.00 Evening Entertainment
David Childs & Owen Farr Recital
21.30 Bar & Karaoke!

MONDAY
08.00 Breakfast
Optional: warm-up class w/Nick Hudson
09.00 Shakespeare Rehearsal
Hathaway Sectional
10.15 Morning Coffee
10.45 Hathaway Rehearsal
Shakespeare Sectional
12.00 Lunch
14.00 Shakespeare Rehearsal
Hathaway Individual Lessons
15.15 Afternoon Tea
15.45 Hathaway Rehearsal
Shakespeare Individual Lessons
17.00 Break
Optional: Perform with a Pianist - Chapel
18.00 Dinner
19.00 Sight Reading Sessions
Shakespeare: Auditorium
Hathaway: Annex
20.30 Break
21.00 Evening Entertainment
Steve Sykes & Nicholas Hudson Recital
21.30 Bar & BBSS Big Quiz!

TUESDAY
08.00 Breakfast
Optional: warm-up class w/David Childs
09.00 Hathaway Rehearsal
Shakespeare Sectional
10.15 Official BBSS Photograph, Morning Coffee
10.45 Shakespeare Rehearseal
Hathaway Sectional
12.00 Lunch
14.00 Brass in Concert Rehearsal
15.15 Afternoon Tea
15.45 Optional: Ensemble Rehearsals
17.00 Break
Optional: Perform with a Pianist - Chapel
18.00 Dinner
19.00 Sight Reading Sessions
Hathaway: Auditorium
Shakespeare: Annex
20.30 Break
21.00 Evening Entertainment
Brian Taylor & Stuart Lingard Recital
21.30 Bar & Guest Speaker(s)

WEDNESDAY
08.00 Breakfast
Optional: warm-up class w/Owen Farr
09.00 Shakespeare Rehearsal
Hathaway Lessons
10.15 Morning Coffee
10.45 BBSS Solo Showcase – Chapel
12.00 Lunch
14.00 Hathaway Rehearsal
Shakespeare Lessons
15.15 Afternoon Tea
15.45 Brass in Concert Rehearsal
17.00 Free Evening

THURSDAY
08.00 Breakfast
09.00 Brass In Concert Rehearsal
10.15 Morning Coffee
10.45 BBSS Ensemble Extravaganza – Chapel
12.00 Lunch Break
14.00 Hathaway Rehearsal
Shakespeare Sectional
15.15 Afternoon Tea
15.45 Shakespeare Rehearse
Hathaway Sectional
17.00 Break
18.00 Dinner
19.00 Brass in Concert Entertainment Contest
20.30 Break
21.00 Evening Entertainment
Tutor Ensemble Show & Results Ceremony
21.30 Bar, Steve Sykes’ Band Quiz & Karaoke

FRIDAY
08.00 Breakfast
Optional: warm-up class w/Steve Sykes
09.00 Massed Band Rehearsal
10.15 Morning Coffee
10.45 Guest Artist Presentation
12.00 Lunch Break
14.00 Hathaway Rehearsal
14.30 Break
15.00 Shakespeare Rehearsal
15.30 Free Time
17.30 Dinner
19.00 Finale Gala Concert
21.30 End of Summer School Party hosted by BBSS Staff (free bar for Delegates!)

SATURDAY
09.00 Breakfast & Farewell

THE NEW TIMETABLE EXPLAINED…

Warm-Up Class: These short classes will take place in the Chapel and will be led by different BBSS Tutors on each occasion. Lasting only 20 minutes there will be plenty of time remaining for breakfast! Sessions are optional, but all are welcome.

Shakespeare & Hathaway Bands: All delegates are assigned to either the Shakespeare or Hathaway Bands. Together with your BBSS Tutor you are welcome to decide which band you’d like to be part of. When Shakespeare band rehearses, Hathaway breaks out into generic sections for sectional coaching or individual lessons, and vice versa.

Individual Lessons: Every BBSS delegate is entitled to a short individual lesson with their specialist tutor. The opportunity is there for everyone, although there is no pressure - these sessions are optional. Your tutor will liaise with you regarding lesson times.

Sight Reading Sessions: All BBSS repertoire is carefully selected by our expert Musical Director Richard Evans. His choices are designed to provide an enjoyable musical and learning experience throughout the duration of the course, culminating in public performances of chosen works at our increasingly popular Finale Gala Concert. However, during two evening sight reading sessions, you will have the opportunity to let your hair down and push your sight reading skills to the limit as you’re guided through a selection of advanced Championship works from the core brass band repertoire, just for fun!

Perform with a Pianist: All BBSS delegates have the opportunity to perform with our in-house professional pianist. Those who take the opportunity are likely to feature in Wednesday’s Solo Showcase Concert. However, even if playing a solo in public is not for you, all are welcome to use these sessions which provide a unique opportunity to perform with an expert pianist. Don’t forget to bring your piano scores with you!

Solo Showcase: This informal concert presented by our in-house pianist on Wednesday morning will feature a selection of solos and duets rehearsed with piano during the aforementioned ‘Perform with a Pianist’ sessions. 

Brass In Concert: In addition to the Shakespeare & Hathaway bands all BBSS delegates will be assigned to one of three ‘Brass in Concert’ bands. These three bands will spend three rehearsals working with student conductors (and staff mentors) on a 20 minute programme of entertaining concert music to be performed in Thursday evening’s BBSS Brass in Concert Championship – a light hearted and entertaining contest judged by the music staff! Those interested in conducting one of these bands should make themselves known to Contest Controller Owen Farr early in the week. All potential conductors are welcome to bring their own music with them.

Ensemble Rehearsals: You are welcome to form small chamber ensembles with fellow musicians at any point during the week with a view to your ensemble featuring in Thursday’s Ensemble Extravaganza Concert in the Chapel. However, on Tuesday specific time has been allocated in the schedule for Ensemble Rehearsals, and upon request tutorial staff will be available to coach your ensemble. If you are unable to form your own group, but would like to be in an ensemble let your specialist tutor know and the formation of your ensemble will be taken care of for you. Although the BBSS has a good library of chamber music, you are also encouraged to bring your own ensemble music with you.

Ensemble Extravaganza: This concert gives a platform for sections of the band and a variety of newly formed ensembles to showcase the repertoire they’ve been working on in an informal setting presented by our very own Richard Evans.  

Evening Entertainment: Most evening rehearsals will finish at 8.30pm giving you ample opportunity to rehydrate yourself at the Auditorium bar before taking your seat in the audience to enjoy a short recital given by every member of the BBSS tutorial staff. Following these short performances you’ll then have the opportunity to adjourn to the main building where karaoke, quizzes, guest speakers and a well stocked bar will be available for all to enjoy!