Frequently Asked Questions

How is the StAMP Brass Camp free to attend? 

The University of St Andrews received a philanthropic gift to enhance the outreach work of the Music Centre. We see enormous potential in contributing to the development of brass playing in Fife and around the world. During the pandemic we are offering the StAMP Brass Camp to everyone no matter where they are from or what age they are.

What platform will the StAMP Brass Camp use?

We will confirm what safe and user friendly platform we will be using to all participants when registration closes. All you will need is a laptop, tablet or mobile phone with the software installed and a reasonable internet connection. Details will be sent closer to the time as to how sessions will be structured, though there will be virtual tents in which participants will do warmups, ensemble work, attend talks and interact with tutors and other participants.

I live in Fife, Clackmannanshire, Perth & Kinross and Tayside, and want to take up the opportunity to learn a brass instrument:

Please note this offer has now closed. 

Please email us at musicoutreach@st-andrews.ac.uk. We have a separate registration process for this. We will deliver an instrument to you and get you started on your musical journey during the StAMP Brass Camp by learning with a tutor in small groups. This will be enormously exciting! The instrument participants will be learning on is a polycarbonate natural trumpet, read all about them here or watch this video:

Please also view our parent information sheet

I really want to play in a Performance Class to some of the tutors and special guests:

Places for Performance Classes are will be on a first come first served basis so early registration is advised. Participants who play in Performance Classes can discuss repertoire choices with tutors as well as get advice about how to get the most out of the opportunity.

How will we make music as an ensemble?

Participants will be sent music in advance which will be rehearsed with tutors during the Camp. Tutors will be able to listen in to individuals one at a time to give help. We will ask you to send in recordings of yourself playing your part or attend one of the recording evenings in which we will do all the recording for you: instructions and support will be given for this in early July. We also intend on doing some experimental improvisations: more details about this will follow upon registration.

What will the special guests do during the camp?

We are absolutely thrilled and excited to have so many amazing special guests. Ian Bousfield will join us for virtual performance classes and play in the final concert; Marco Blaauw and Christine Chapman will work with participants on a special improvised piece; and Arnold Myers, Trevor Herbert and Peter Holmes will dig deep into the history of brass and how brass instruments work.

Can you tell me more about your Safeguarding? 

We believe that children, young people and vulnerable adults should be able to participate in music making safely and free from harm and these same principles apply in the online environment. All participants of the StAMP Brass Camp will need to read and adhere to our digital safeguarding guidelines upon registration.

I’m not a particularly strong player or haven’t played for a while:

You can choose to participate in any part of the StAMP Brass Camp as much or as little as you wish. There is no pressure and we hope that the Camp will be inspirational and enjoyable for everyone no matter what their ability.