Why The Strings Club Holiday Camp is the place to be

It’s nearly Half Term!

With Half Term around the corner us parents are thinking about what our children will be up to.

Can I find something my child will be fully engaged in? Will they benefit from their experiences and continue their development? Will they have fun and be happy there? And quite simply, can our family afford the cost?!

Here are the top 4 reasons why you can be confident a Camp with The Strings Club is the place for your child this Half Term:

 

1 A new amazing theme every week

Each week at Camp we have an amazing new theme to help us have fun and explore music – guaranteed to inspire your child and ensure they have a new creative experience every day they are with us.

2 Your child’s development is key

What enables our award-winning Holiday Camps to stand proudly apart from other childcare providers is our passion and dedication in promoting the learning and development of all children in our care. We aim to guide the development of every child’s capabilities and skills on a daily basis to ensure that they truly benefit from our multi award-winning, Ofsted registered Holiday Camps.

3 100% of children recommend us!

The opinions that matter the most are those of the characters who we have so much fun with every event – the mini maestros themselves! Each Camp this year has grown through word of mouth because every child who has attended has said they would recommend us to their friends, simply because they have such a good time!

4 Ways to save

Childcare can be expensive, so to help we have introduced a new way to save money. Each Camp we have a super simple offer – recommend a friend to us* and for each friend who books we will give you a free day of childcare. If you have 5 friends that will give you a free week and save you up to £225! All you have to do is ask your friends to mention your name when they book.

* To take part in this offer you need to have already booked with us.

Our Holiday Camps for children aged 4-11 are running for the whole week at October Half Term (from 22nd Oct in London & 29th in Birmingham) with half days from £20. If you’d like to find out more give us a call on 0121 296 9204 or take a look at our Holiday Camps page.

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Meet the team – London Holiday Camps

Sending your child to a Holiday Camp for the first time is a big deal. We’re parents. We know that.

You want to know they will be looked after in the same manner they would at home. That they settle quickly. That way they will be comfortable enough to be themselves, take part in all the activities and have lots of fun.

Here at The Strings Club we know just how you feel. So we’re taking some time to introduce you to our amazing team.

And we do mean AMAZING! They are professionally trained, kind and caring people who are amazing with kids. That’s why 100% of children said they would recommend our Camps to their friends. Can’t say fairer than that!

Fanny, Camp Manager

“I am an actress with a big passion for theatre and the performing arts. I’ve been teaching for the past 10 years now and am specialised in early years.

​I can’t wait to see children who’ve been to the camp before and also meet new faces! Camps are such a great opportunities to make new friends, and play together. It’s really important to me that everyone feel part of the group. Encouraging children to talk to someone new or to be praised for being good are the two things I like to concentrate on. The camp must make everyone feel amazing and have fun!”

 

Edouard, Camp Assistant

“I studied at Trinity College of Music in London with Hu Kun and my did my Chamber Music studies under the late Sandor Devich. I’ve also played alongside the Smith Quartet and the Brodsky Quartet.

I have been a soloist in the March 2015 Beethoven Violin concerto in D with the Amati Orchestra. I also played with Sir Yehudi Menuhin in a concert to celebrate the opening of the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens. My most enjoyable achievement is anytime a pupil is able to do something they believed was unattainable or really difficult.”

 

Our Holiday Camps for children aged 4-11 are running for the whole week at October Half Term (from 22nd Oct in London & 29th in Birmingham) with half days from £20. If you’d like to find out more give us a call on 0121 296 9204 or take a look at our Holiday Camps page.

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If so, this could be the start of your journey with The Strings Club.

We are offering a rare opportunity to join a multi award-winning company and run your own flexible, rewarding and profitable business with a proven track record.

If you’re interested in owning your own multi award-winning business click the link below to get in touch.

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Celebrate autumn at our Holiday Camp creative workshops

Following the success of our Summer Holiday Camps, we are rolling smoothly on a high into Autumn, bringing plenty of magic, light and celebration. This is no time to hibernate, as we have got a week packed full of fun as we celebrate Diwali, Black British History, Day of the Dead and much much more. Don’t miss out, book now to get yourself a place at one of our multi award-winning Holiday Camps!

Monday – Diwali

There is no time to shiver and frown, it’s time to get active, keep warm and turn that frown upside down. In a cooler and darker season what better way to celebrate than Diwali, the festival of light. This wonderful South Asian festival promises plenty of sensory delights. The children will get the opportunity to choose from a range of activities including, creating a large Rangoli collage, Diwali themed sports activities and many more surprises in store.

Tuesday – Vivaldi

Rumour has it that this very talented C18th classical baroque composer’s favourite season was Autumn, so what better time to celebrate this Italian composers humble beginnings, musical journey and philanthropic work. The children will have the opportunity to listen and perform to Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’. Again there will be plenty of activities for the children to choose from in response to this magnificent composer.

Wednesday – Black British Celebrations

October is Black History Month, unfortunately black british history is not taught on our school curriculum and it’s so important to celebrate those who have not only paved the way for a better and brighter future, but it’s also great to acknowledge those who have achieved and made great contributions. In this celebratory session the children will have the opportunity to learn about Malorie Blackman (Children’s Laureate from 2013 to 2015), Sheku Kanneh-Mason (British cellist who won the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year award) and we’ll even be crafting our way to carnival. Team work makes the dream work!

Thursday – Day of the Dead

What better way to celebrate our loved ones, as we go on a magical journey to the afterlife. The children will have the opportunity to learn about this sacred Mexican holiday through singing, dancing, drama and arts and crafts. We will be resurrecting the 2017 Disney fantasy film Coco to bring this afternoon’s activities to life. This will be an afternoon to treasure for a lifetime.

Friday – The Strings Club Birthday Party!

The Strings Club turned 6 years old earlier this year and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to celebrate. In true birthday style we will be going all out! There will be opportunities for the children to make their own birthday hats and garlands, plenty of party games and music to last a lifetime. We love a party, we know you love a party, so let’s get excited in here as we cheer on another year!

Our Holiday Camps for children aged 4-11 are running for the whole week at October Half Term (from 22nd Oct in London & 29th in Birmingham) with half days from £20. If you’d like to find out more give us a call on 0121 296 9204 or take a look at our Holiday Camps page.

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Inspire your child through music – for free!

Our Discovery Days are the perfect way to ignite your child’s love of music.

We introduced them in 2016 to enable families to help their children explore stringed instruments. And we did that because being parents ourselves we understand that choosing an instrument for your child to learn can be a difficult and expensive process.

That’s why at a Discovery Day your child will be able to try out two new instruments of their choice and experience two 20 minute lessons – all for free!

Inspirational and interactive

Taking place at central venues across the country our Discovery Days provide a wonderfully interactive introduction to stringed instruments, an memorable and inspirational performance from our professional teachers, and two 20 minute lessons on ukulele, violin or guitar.

Want to get involved? Here’s what’s coming up next:

Saturday 20th October

Crouch EndPicture House, N8; 1.30pm – 2.30pm

 

Saturday 27th October

BirminghamSymphony Hall, B1; 11am – 12pm

 

We look forward to seeing you there soon!

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Introduce the love of music to your school

This amazing opportunity is open for all schools in the West Midlands and London.

Our mission is to inspire as many children through music as possible. We’re aiming for 25k in 2018 and your school can be involved!

Simply fill out our web form  to tell us your name, your child’s name and the name of their school – and we will do the rest!

The Strings Club is perfectly placed within the music education sector to offer high quality music services for primary schools through a range of programmes including:

  • after-school clubs
  • whole class programmes
  • small group learning

From September 2018 onwards, we will be offering our popular after-school clubs for only £3 per pupil.

See our School Music Support Service Music Lessons for Schools website or see  our new brochure online.

Limited places are available so please get in touch soon!

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#TipTuesday – autumnal recommended listening

Did you know that listening to music is not only enjoyable but is also beneficial in developing many skills including coordination and self-confidence that will continue to be useful for your child throughout their lives?

Every month, we are here to help you inspire your child with some season-appropriate classical pieces through our Recommended Listening.

This month, The Strings Club Head Office team has come up with a list of classical music alongside some fun facts and links to YouTube and Spotify to celebrate the season of the golden leaves and misty mornings.

1) The Four Seasons “Autumn”, Antonio Vivaldi

Vivaldi’s “The Fours Seasons” were written to portray the events and emotions of the seasons. This set of movements in particular celebrates the harvest season with uplifting songs and dances. The final movement also illustrates a scene of brave hunters!

Listen to The Four Seasons “Autumn” on YouTube or Spotify.

2) Les Saisons “September: The Hunt”, Pyotr Tchaikovsky

The Russian composer’s “Les Saisons” is a set of twelve short character pieces for piano. His “September: The Hunt” portrays the hunters in their hunting dress mounted on their horses. Can you hear the horses galloping?

Listen to Les Saisons “September: The Hunt” on YouTube or Spotify.

3) Herbstrosen, Josef Strauss

The Strauss family was known for making dance music fashionable in the early 19th century, taking Vienna in particular by storm. Josef Strauss, the brother of Johann Strauss II, went on to write 283 compositions, including his Herbstrosen (‘The Autumn Rose’) in 1867.

Listen to Herbstrosen on YouTube or Spotify.

What next?

Is your child ready to move onto the next stage, but not sure which instrument to start on?

Why not come along to one of our Discovery Days where your child can try their hand at playing ukulele, violin and guitar and receive two 20-minute lessons, all for free! Here’s what’s coming up next:

Saturday 20th October

Islington – St Andrew’s School, N1; 11am – 12pm

Saturday 27th October

BirminghamSymphony Hall, B1; 11am – 12pm

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Your 4 year old will thrive at Holiday Camp

Do you have a 4 year old? Are they new to Holiday Camps? A little shy?

We’re set up to help all EYFS children boost confidence, learn skills and make friends at our multi award-winning Holiday Camps.

Earlier this year we were delighted to announce that all children aged 4 are able to attend for the whole day, 8am – 5.45pm.

Over the summer we had an influx of children in pre-school nursery aged 4 all at the start of their musical journey. We made lots of new friends and everyone had a wonderful time.

We are able to offer this at every Holiday Camp and next up is October Half Term!

Here’s why we are a great choice for pre-schoolers…

EYFS focused

Unlike other childcare providers we are fully Ofsted registered, which means we are working in partnership with Ofsted and their guidelines to deliver the highest quality EYFS focused childcare. Read more about what Ofsted registered means and the important ‘Moving On Up’ document for all 4 year olds.

Children flourish at our Holiday Camps

Your child will learn skills, make new friends, and build confidence each day they attend and every element of the day is designed to assist their development and help them fulfil their potential. Read more about our 4 key areas of development.

Your little one will love Autumnal Celebrations week

Most importantly your child will have the time of their lives at Camp. We’ve got an incredible workshops exploring a diverse line up of cultural celebrations! Read more about our Black History, Diwali and Day of the Dead Creative Workshops and our Birthday Party Celebrations!

Help them settle – bring a friend for free

If you have a child aged 4 who has not started reception yet and you think they will enjoy the day more with some familiar company why not bring their best friend – for free! All you have to do is give us a call in the office on 0121 296 9204 with both child’s details and we will get them booked on. Simple as that.

Our Holiday Camps for children aged 4-11 are running for the whole week at October Half Term (from 22nd Oct in London & 29th in Birmingham) with half days from £20. If you’d like to find out more give us a call on 0121 296 9204 or take a look at our Holiday Camps page.

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#LearnToPlay violin on our YouTube channel

Does your child show an interest in learning an instrument but needs support?

We’ve teamed up with the UK’s best strings teachers to product a set of videos designed to help your child #LearnToPlay!

Whether ukulele, violin, guitar or cello let us help your child with everything from exploring the instrument itself to learning their first tune. It’s all there in handy bitesized chunks.

The videos are also perfect for children who have just started taking music lessons. Really easy to stick on your tablet and get some extra practise in when you get home after lesson.

In our first violin video Jack gives everyone a great introduction to the instrument. Check it out!

New to The Strings Club? Our Holiday Camps for children aged 4-11 are running for the whole week at October Half Term (from 22nd Oct in London & 29th in Birmingham) with half days from £20. It’s a great way to start to learn an instrument and try things out for your child. If you’d like to find out more give us a call on 0121 296 9204 or take a look at our Holiday Camps page.

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The Tremendous Term Time Team

From conservatoires to pop stars, our team members are the UK’s leading strings teachers and childcare professionals hand-picked for their experience, friendliness and professionalism.

Each Term Time Course is lovingly developed by our team of experienced string specialists, taking into consideration every aspect of your child’s development. And each teacher understands exactly how to get the best from your child, making it incredibly fun and rewarding.

Away from the class rooms our teachers lead very exciting lives – here is just a little bit about the stars who are helping your children to shine

Robbie, Guitar

Our guitar teacher in Harborne, Robbie is a woodwind music specialist who studied on the Jazz course at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Since graduating he has taught and played music all around the west midlands, and led workshops incorporating guitar, singing and samba drumming with children of all ages and abilities

 

Mercy, Ukulele & Violin

Our ukulele & violin Course Leader in Harborne, Mercy specialised in composition and music production while studying at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, trained classically, however, she has been versatile throughout her musical life working with various other genres (gospel, folk, jazz) as well as performing solo as a singer songwriter.

Since graduating she has been working as a freelance music practitioner in and out of schools and with different organisations across the west midlands.

Ruta, Ukulele & Guitar

Our ukulele & guitar Course Leader in Brockley, Ruta has a BA jazz guitar degree from the Music Conservatoire and is also a professional singer performing all across London with a few projects, playing Latin, jazz, pop and original songs.

At the moment I am working on my album which will be released in the beginning of 2019. She’s been teaching for the last 10 years – one to one, group and whole class lessons.

Ragnar, Ukulele

Our uke Course Leader in Islington, Ragnar was born and raised in Iceland and studied classical guitar and electronic music at conservatories in Germany and the Netherlands.

He currently works on experimental music projects as a composer and in collaborative settings alongside teaching.

 

Melinda Kiss, Violin & Ukulele

Our violin and ukulele Course Leader in Hampstead, Melinda is a classically trained violinist who graduated from Middlesex University London in 2010. She currently teaches children between 4-12 in schools. She’s worked for the Strings Club for many years now. Melinda has been playing in the Collaborative Orchestra for a few years who were in the BGT semi-final recently.

 

Simon-Philippe, Violin

Our violin Course Leader in Brockley, Simon-Philippe is an accomplished musician with significant orchestral experience who has a 20-year career behind him and 10 years of academic education in violin performance. Simon-Philippe studies violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with David Adams while taking a sabbatical leave from his current position as Assistant principal second violin in Symphony Nova Scotia, Canada. He had his first violin lesson at the age of five and later obtained degrees in Violin Performance from McGill University and Université de Montréal (Canada).

Riley, Violin

Our violin Course Leader in Greenwich, Riley is a student studying at the Guildhall school of music and drama in London. He is experienced in solo, orchestral and chamber music and we are delighted to be able to welcome him to The Strings Club as one of the newest members of our Tremendous Term Time Team!

 

Want to find out more? Read about The Strings Club’s top teachers.

Want some help for your child to learn at home? Take a look at our YouTube Channel.