Sherborne Summer School of Music
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Sherborne Summer School of Music 2020
This website describes the courses that were on offer in both 2020 and 2021 prior to the schools being cancelled.
This is to give you an idea of the range of courses, the expertise of our tutors and the standard of performance materials.
Situated on the Dorset and Somerset border is the Saxon town of Sherborne, a mellow-stoned living pageant of history with a superb Abbey Church, two castles and wealth of mediaeval buildings.
SHERBORNE TOWN and SHERBORNE SCHOOL
Discover Sherborne is a town trail which takes visitors around the main sites, including the Sherborne Museum which presents the town's history as far back as Roman times. For those wishing to venture a little further afield Sherborne Old Castle and Sherborne New Castle are both within easy walking distance.
The Old Castle was built in the early 12th Century and acquired by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1592. Because he was unable to convert it into a comfortable home, he built Sherborne Lodge, now the New Castle.
The Old Castle was twice besieged in the 17th Century during the Civil War when the buildings were badly damaged. The remains are very impressive and a model of the original castle can be seen in the Sherborne Museum.
The Digby family became the owners of the New Castle in 1617 and it has remained in this family ever since. The castle grounds and lake were designed by 'Capability Brown'.
In the centre of the town of Sherborne, with its roots dating back to the 8th Century, Sherborne School was re-founded in 1550 by King Edward VI. The original buildings have been sympathetically restored and refurbished and provide a charming and peaceful ambience that is ideal for music-making.
Accommodation houses are within the precincts of the main school courtyard or in nearby locations. The main street of Sherborne,Cheap Street, flanks the east side of the courtyard, and tempts visitors to the small ale houses, antique shops, tea rooms and designer fashion houses.
On the south side of the School the magnificent and very beautiful Abbey stands majestically over the surrounding buildings. The chief glory is its roof, the earliest great stone fan vault in existence. It also boasts the heaviest ring of eight bells in the world