Kodály Summer School

Kodály Summer School

We love spending time with delegates from across the globe each year at the annual Kodály Summer School. This year is no different and we’re excited to offer a range of evening events for you to experience, network and unwind in the beautiful Merchiston Castle School.

Evening events are included in the price of your registration fee unless otherwise stated.

Saturday 27 July

Cameron Nixon

Kodály Summer School 2019 will open with an informal concert from twenty-year-old Scots singer and fiddler Cameron Nixon.

Cameron attended NYCOS Choirs from the age of nine and has performed at several prestigious events with the National Youth Choir of Scotland including the BBC Proms and Grand Teton Music Festival in Chicago. As a fiddle player, Cameron has performed with the North East Folk Collective at The Royal Albert Hall and at the BBC Trad Music Awards. Cameron will soon enter his final year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Sunday 28 July

Kodály Hub Presentation

Led by Lucinda Geoghegan and Dr László Nemes this is a practical hands-on session exploring new practical ideas for singing games, the role and importance of movement in Kodály inspired music education and the importance of inclusion (music is for everyone). The session also includes an exploration of the Kodály Hub – a new online resource.

You will find new material to take away and use in your own setting.

Monday 29 July

Hannah Rarity and Friends in Concert

Former NYCOS singer and BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018, Hannah Rarity performs alongside fellow musicians, Innes White and Sally Simpson, for an evening of fine traditional music and Scots Songs. Her sublime voice imbues the music she performs with a depth of emotion that is inimitable and has seen her become one of Scotland’s foremost young singers. Please note that tickets must be purchased separately.

Tuesday 30 July

Phil Gault & Claire Haslin

Phil (baritone) and Claire (pianist) have been working together since 2003, and tied the knot in 2008 (not for tax reasons!). They have performed extensively within the UK, in venues such as the Wales Millennium Centre and the Usher Hall (both as part of the Live Music Now! alumni scheme), and in Paxton House, Carnegie Hall, Merchants House and Riverside (Newport). They have toured Switzerland with the original Singing Waiters, and have also performed in Barga (Italy) at the “Pesce e patate” festival and in France.

Wednesday 31 July

Free evening

Following your penultimate day of Kodály Summer School, take a well-deserved evening off. You can relax in the beautiful Merchiston Castle School, take a summer evening stroll around the grounds or travel to Edinburgh in approximately thirty minutes by bus.

Thursday 1 August

Ceilidh with Carrie on Dancing

We finish off Kodály Summer School 2019 with a bang in our annual ceilidh, led by the talented musicians of Carrie on Dancing. Carrie is an accomplished fiddler and caller, and is joined by Kath Bruce on Keys, Esther Kuck on Bodhrán and Anna Smith on Fiddle. The Merchiston Castle School’s stunning hall provides a perfect backdrop to a wonderful evening of traditional Celtic entertainment and dancing.

The ceilidh will finish at 10.30pm.



Education Partner

The Kodály Summer School is supported by our Education Partner, NASUWT Scotland.