Canon Craig hits the high notes at GAM

The Reverend Craig Huxley-Jones joined in the fun with our children’s musical groups at on Saturday. Canon Craig, who was installed as Canon Precentor and Director of Congregational Development at Gloucester Cathedral in January, got stuck into singing and movement activities at our Barbican House base near Gloucester Docks. Children in the Junior Singing and Rhythm group were delighted when …

Former GAM student Richie returns as Executive Director

We’re delighted to announce that we have a new Executive Director for Gloucestershire Academy of Music in the form of Richie Ashton-Phillips, who attended holiday courses and later tutored on jazz courses at GAM. Richie takes on the role at a crucial time for GAM, as we hope to have completed the purchase of our premises, city council-owned Barbican House, …

Booking now open for summer holiday courses 2024

We’re now taking bookings for our summer holiday courses; a Grade 5 Theory course, Junior Orchestra course and Senior Chamber Music course, which all have an Early Bird price if booked by 12 May. The Grade 5 Theory course will run from 22-26 July, the Junior Orchestra course from 29-31 July and the Senior Chamber Music course from 1-3 August. …

Kingsley Brass; an exciting, free new brass band for young musicians

We are looking for brass players of all instruments, from beginners upwards, to join us in this new adventure. Rehearsals will be held at 5pm on Thursdays at Barbican House, home of Gloucestershire Academy of Music and The Flowers Band. Led by Paul McLaughlin from Brass Bands England and players from Flowers Band, this is a fantastic opportunity for all …

Former GAM student in Gloucestershire Young Musician finals

Former GAM student and viola player Eden Saunders, who is studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, is one of the six finalists of the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2024. The six young musicians will compete for the title on Sunday March 3 at 3pm at the Big Classical, Cheltenham College. The finalists, who range in age …

Booking now open for Easter Courses 2024

Booking is now open for our two Easter courses: the Junior Orchestra Course, which will run on 2, 3, 4 April 2024, and the Adult Chamber Weekend on 5, 6 and 7 April.  Both courses will take place at GAM’s base; Barbican House in Gloucester. The JUNIOR ORCHESTRA COURSE is designed for strings, brass, wind and percussion players aged 5-18, playing at …

Booking now open for The Big String and The Big Blast 2024!

Booking is now open for our annual two-day February half term orchestral projects; The Big Blast and The Big String. The projects are designed for young musicians aged 5 to 18, from pre Grade 1 to post-Grade 8. The eighth annual Big String will take place on 12 and 13 February and the Big Blast, for wind, percussion and brass …

Sensational Isaac launches Gloucestershire Young Musician 2024 Competition

Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2023 Isaac Williams wowed the audience at his prize concerto concert when he launched the 2024 competition to find next year’s Gloucestershire winner on Sunday night. The 19-year-old former Sir Thomas Rich’s School student gave a faultless performance of Mendelssohn’s famous Violin Concerto in E Minor with Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of …

Gloucester City Council Leader joins in musical fun at GAM!

Richard Cook, Leader of Gloucester City Council and Cabinet Member for Environment took part in playing and singing groups at our Barbican House base in Gloucester on Saturday. Following confirmation at a Council Cabinet meeting two weeks ago that GAM can buy the freehold to Barbican House, we invited the council leader along to learn more about the musical education …