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UniBrass: Band Camp. Led by David Thornton

UniBrass Presents “Band Camp”, a new exciting playing and social experience for university students, or anyone 18-25 not studying at university. This 5 night residential workshop will be based near Sheffield and musically led by David Thornton (Grimethorpe Brass Band Musical Director and Senior Tutor for Brass Bands at the RNCM). The week will be a blend of music and social activity based, with accommodation in either bunk house or camping accommodation and the price includes half board catering.

This year has been without a “normal” UniBrass contest, so to finish the year with a blast of brass The UniBrass Foundation are presenting a week-long music and social banding experience from 25-30 August, incorporating the bank holiday weekend. The workshop will be musically led by David Thornton (Grimethorpe Brass Band Musical Director and Senior Tutor for Brass Bands at the RNCM) and will include a mix of high-quality music tuition, masterclasses and performance opportunities. 

As this is UniBrass there will also be plenty of opportunities both to socialise, and to discover the highlights of Sheffield with planned visits to local sights, nightlife and attractions. There will even be the chance to perform in some too! Evening activities to socialise with friends both new and old will be a prominent feature. 


Who is this for? 

UniBrass Band Camp is for any brass or percussion players aged 18-25 at the time of the workshop. This includes school leavers about to start university, or those aged 18-25 but not studying at university. 

Anyone older than 25 but currently studying in higher education is also welcome to attend. 


Where will we stay?

The course is going to be run at Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre, White Ln, Chapeltown, Sheffield S35 2YH. 

There are 2 options for accommodation, bunk house (shared dormitories between 2-8 beds) or camping. If you are camping you will need to bring your own tent and sleeping equipment. If camping you will be able to store instruments in our onsite rehearsal room.   

If booking as a group please make individual applications to reserve a space, you will be prompted to include your group booking details in the information form you will be sent in your booking receipt.

Rooms will be allocated on arrival but we will endeavour to keep groups together. If camping as a group please ensure you bring sufficient equipment for your group accommodation needs. 

Half board meals are included in the price of the course and there are self catering facilities available on site and a supermarket within walking distance. Further details on food will be given closer to the time.


How to get there

Travel to the course is very easy, with multiple options.

By car - The site is very close to J35 of the M1 and parking is available on site

By public transport - Chapeltown Train Station is just a short ride from Sheffield's main train station and is within walking distance (although we can arrange collection if you have camping equipment/heavy instruments to carry).


What will we do?

Day 1

  • Arrival midday
  • Full band rehearsal 
  • Getting to know everyone 
  • Familiarising yourselves with the facilities on site 

Day 2-5

  • Full band rehearsal with David Thornton
  • Sectional rehearsal, the leader will be confirmed nearer to the event
  • (A) Optional on site activity e.g. raft building and axe throwing
  • (B) Optional off site activity e.g. trips to Sheffield's National Video Games Museum, Hathersage Outdoor baths and Sheffield city itself
  • Short concerts to the public

Day 6 

  • Full band rehearsal with David Thornton
  • The course will finish with a formal afternoon concert showcasing the work of the week to a public audience. 
  • Departure 

This schedule will be updated as plans are confirmed.


How much does Band Camp cost?

The total cost is £190 including half board bunkhouse accommodation. If you choose to camp the cost is reduced to £160. 

You can choose to pay the full cost now or split your payments. Installments are split into an upfront £60 payable now and the balance payable by 1 August 2021.

There may be some additional cost of transport depending on your own option choices during free time.



The UniBrass Foundation are in constant communication with our partners at Brass Bands England to ensure the safety of all participants and will follow all guidelines in place at the time of the event. 

 All bookings include a maximum £10 non-refundable deposit in the event of cancellation of Band Camp due to Covid restrictions. If possible, we will return these funds, however, there may be some costs associated with preparing for the event that are unrecoverable. We therefore reserve the right to retain up to £10 per person to cover these costs. 


Book Now!

This event has limited spaces and demand is expected to be high - please book now to avoid disappointment! 

Additional information on performances, activities and workshop leaders will be announced as the information becomes available.

Please note this event is hosted by The UniBrass Foundation using support from BBE.

August 25th, 2021 12:00 PM through August 30th, 2021 5:00 PM
Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre
White Ln
Sheffield, SYK S35 2YH
United Kingdom
Phone: 01226771015
Event Fee(s)
Full Payment - Bunkhouse accommodation £ 190.00
Full Payment - Camping accommodation £ 160.00
Deposit - Bunkhouse accommodation £ 60.00
Deposit - Camping accommodation £ 60.00

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