Residential Weekend: YLSS-on-Sea

Cober Hill

Cober Hill is a conference centre/guest house situated in the village of Cloughton, just north of Scarborough, and is the venue that we use annually for our Spring Bank Holiday residential weekend. This is a fun and friendly music-making weekend, led by our inspiring tutors, open to late starters of any standard. Members of YLSS have priority for booking places.

We have exclusive use of the Joseph Rowntree Centre, including a large hall, a lounge, spaces for smaller group playing, and en-suite bedrooms for about 30 people. Cober Hill is approx 2 hours from Leeds, by car or by train to Scarborough then bus or taxi. The venue is just a mile from the sea, with interesting walks to the beach and on the coastal paths.

A Typical Weekend

In line with Goverment guidelines, we had to cancel our 2020 and 2021 residential weekends but are pleased to be busy planning a programme for 2022. We anticipate some restrictions still needing to be observed, however here's a taste of the things we done in previous years.    The weekend has a mix of playing together in a large group and smaller ensembles, as well as technique/sectional sessions. There are chamber groups for beginners and for more experienced players.  Depending on the programme for the weekend, there might be other themed activities, for example one year we had professional latin dancers come and teach us a routine or two to get us into the mood for the tangos we were playing.  There is also plenty of time to relax, walk to the beach, find the village pub, or whatever suits you.

Check-in is from Friday afternoon and musical activities start that evening with an hour or so of playing before and after dinner followed by a drink or two at the local pub and a chance to participate in their pub quiz.  Saturday sees us focus on technique in sectionals, work in smaller groups on the options we've choosen and rehearse together as the full orchestra.  Informal music making with friends and catching up with acquaintances old and new continues into the small hours.

Sunday follows a similar pattern before a final playthrough of the programme in the afternoon and "goodbyes" to those not staying for the Study Day on the Monday, more about that below....

Study Day

On the fourth day (spring bank holiday Monday) we spend the entire day working with just one conductor looking in depth at a substantial work for string orchestra.  This is open to everyone, of any standard, who is keen to work on more challenging music. To give you an idea of the standard, in the past we've tackled works such as:

  • Shostakovich String Quartet no.8
  • Bach, Art of Fugue
  • Bridge, Suite for Orchestra
  • Mahler, Death and the Maiden
  • Dvorak, Americal Quartet

You can book just for the day, with or without accommodation on Sunday night, or add it on to the weekend.

Join us next time

Full details and a booking form are published on the website from mid-December and booking opens on January 1st, with priority given to Members.   Keep an eye on the website if you are interested in joining us for this very popular and fabulous weekend.

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