Information for SMS Families

Saturday Music School Term Dates

Autumn/Winter 2017

16 September - 9 December 2017 (SMS closed on 28 October)

Concert: Saturday 9 December at 11:15am

Spring 2018

6 January - 24 March 2018 (SMS closed on 17 February)

Concert: Saturday 10 March at 11:15am

Summer 2018

21 April - 16 June 2018 (SMS closed on 5 May and 2 June)

Festival: Saturday 16 June (all day)

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Meet the Team

Karen Gourlay - Head of Junior LCoM and Short Courses


Karen initially studied jazz at Leeds College of Music, she continued her studies at the University of Leeds and has a first class honours degree in music. Awarded a distinction for the MMus in composition,she studied with Sam Hayden, Martin Watkins, and most influentially, Philip Wilby. She has just completed MSc at the University of Huddersfield in Technology Enhanced Learning. Her research project looked at how instrumental teachers can use technology to support teaching and learning. 

As a composer, Karen is a former winner of the Yorkshire Composers' Competition and her work has been performed internationally, including performances at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Sydney Festival, the Royal College of Music, and the USA. She was commissioned by Youth Music to write an ensemble scheme for the so called 'endangered species' group of instruments.  Breathless for low flute quartet has been performed performed in Chicago, Warwick and Washington DC. Dreamscape for flute and guitar is recorded by Carla Rees and David Black  and broadcast on Radio 3. Her work is published by Forton Music and Tetractys Publishing

Terms & conditions

If a student withdraws from SMS during the four weeks of term, only the enrolment fee will be charged. After their first half-term, one term’s notice in writing must be given of intention to leave and any balance of fees paid.  If an overpayment has been made a refund will be calculated.

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