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"Ouse" International Music Festival

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Programme Summary


The University of York ‘OUSE’ International Music FestivalYOIMFis a uniquely inspired annual international music and performing arts event. With a focus on education and performance, YOIMF includes four days of activities based around the prestigious Music Hall York, where participants will experience a range of performance opportunities, master classes, workshops, concert and unique grand finale performance. The Artistic Director of YOIMF is Ambrose Field, a composer, music educator, performer, writer and Professor at the University of York.


This programme offers you the opportunity to visit famous venues, enjoy workshops with UK music tutors and students, and participate in unique performances in York, while creating wonderful memories to last a lifetime.


Coaching will be provided on piano repertoire and vocal performance. Participants within the piano classes will be invited to perform works of their own choice followed by advice and discussion on technical, interpretational and stylistic matters. Students within the vocal classes are encouraged to include an English Song repertoire alongside other works of their own choice. Together we will examine the decisions musicians need to make when preparing a performance, through providing you with the ability to make confident, informed decisions and find practical solutions to common performance style questions so you can deliver an engaging and inspiring performance that your audience will remember.


Entry Requirements: College students over 18 years old









Arrival: Welcome to York!

City tour: Walk the historic walls of the   City of York, finishing with a traditional Yorkshire Cream Tea at Betty’s Tea   Rooms

University tour

Opening ceremony for the York Ouse   International Music Festival. 

Meet the Team and hear from YOIMF’s   Artistic Director Professor Ambrose Field

Dinner with Artistic Director and Team   Members

Accommodation: Homestay in York





Breakfast   served at your accommodation

Full   day of auditions, lessons, performances and master classes at the University of York.

This   is your chance to showcase your best performance.

Lunch   on Campus

Rehearsal   for massed choral performance

Dinner   and stay at a homestay in York 





Breakfast   served at your accommodation

Lessons and   master classes

Lunch   on Campus

Friendship   performances.  These might involve   performances with York groups, and some sharing and workshop type work which   will include discussion and teaching during the sessions.


Dinner   and stay at a homestay in York 






Breakfast   served at your accommodation.

In   the morning you will attend a performance rehearsal at the Lyons Concert Hall   of the University of York

Packed   lunch

Later   this afternoon, you will participate in the spectacular final performance,   followed by a prize-giving and the Closing Ceremony.

Farewell   Dinner at the University of York

Stay   at a homestay in York





Breakfast   served at your accommodation.

Leave York and visit London.  Spend a day at the world famous BRIT   School, whose former students include stars like Adele and Leona Lewis. Meet   with the students and join in drama activities, sample classes and experience   a memorable day at this renowned school for performing arts.

Lunch at The BRIT School.

Perform to the students at the BRIT School

Spend the evening experiencing the bright lights of   London’s world famous ‘West End’, attending a performance of one of the   capital’s most popular shows

Dinner and stay at  a hotel in London





Breakfast   served at your accommodation.

Enjoy   a visit to Hampton Court Palacebuilt   by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in 1514 and a favorite Palace of King Henry Vill.

Enjoy   a unique performance in one of the grand state rooms of Hampton Court Palace.

Packed   lunch

Ride   on the London Eye, the largest ferries wheel in the world. This astonishing   433 ft high ride provides a fantastic panoramic view of the city

Dinner and stay over at hotel in London





Breakfast   served at your accommodation.

Transfer to the airport for departure

On the plane





Back to China!

Artistic Director: Ambrose Field


Ambrose Field, Artistic Director

The York International Music Festival is certain to be a unique and musically compelling event bringing together musicians from different parts of the globe.

A festival of this kind in York, one of the world’s greatest cities, will bring great musical sharing and global understanding.”


Package Pricing


Totally 30


£1700.00/per person

All prices are quoted per person, staying in the UK homestay and hotel.

All prices are quoted in GBP Sterling and payments must be made in GBP Sterling.


Price includes

4 nights accommodation at homestay in York area and 2 nights in a hotel in London (2-4 students per homestay and 2 students per hotel room)

Full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the programme being provided.

Entrance fees to all attractions including London Eye, Blue Badge Guide, Hampton Court Palace, West End theatre performance, BRIT School as specified in the programme.

Driver and luxury coach hire for local transfers, excursions and coaching in the London area, as well as transfers between the arrival and departure York station and hotel, not exceeding 10 hours per day.

All administrative and co-ordination fees.

“Ouse” International Music Festival Certificate fee.

All prevailing local taxes and service charges

Professor Ambrose Field

Artistic Director and Head of Department of Music


Ambrose Field is a British Composer. His music is recorded with ECM Records (Munich, Germany) and Sargasso (London, UK), and broadcast by the BBC and other international networks (SVR, RTE, ORF).  His works have been performed at the Vienna Konzerthaus, The Chicago Early Music Festival, Parco della Musica Rome, the A-Cappella Festival Leipzig, The Perth International Festival Australia, Konvergencie Bratislava, Kultursommer Rheinland-Pfalz Germany, the ICA London, Ultima Norway, the Tampere Vocal Music Festival Finland, Kryptonale Berlin, CBSO Centre Birmingham, Voce-Versa Milan, Huset Copenhagen, Warsaw Autumn, and other international events.

Field spent his early years learning violin and organ, taking part in festivals and events as a performer. After taking an undergraduate degree at York, he went on to graduate studies in Music Education at University of Cambridge, singing bass in the choir of Pembroke College. In 1994 he moved to London and, funded by the British Academy, received a PhD in Composition from City University. Field served as a board director of the UK’s Sonic Arts Network (the forerunner to today’s Sound and Music Organisation) in the late 1990s.

Field’s work with technology and composition is the recipient of several international awards, including three Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mentions in 2006, 1997 and 1996.  He has been a resident artist at Asphodel/Recombinant Media Labs in San Francisco, at HFG in Karlsruhe, Germany, and a composer in the electronic music studio of Hungarian National Radio in Budapest funded by UNESCO.

New sounds, new structures and new methods of creating and performing music are his primary research concerns. Prof Field has led courses and given guest lectures internationally from China to the USA on contemporary music issues.





Jakob Fichert

Jakob Fichert is a pianist with an international profile. He has performed extensively in the UK and abroad and has recorded for Toccata Classics and Naxos to great critical acclaim both as a soloist and collaborating artist.


Numerous projects featuring the piano music of Max Reger and recordings of composers such as Andre Tchaikovsky and Hans Gal demonstrate that exploring lesser known repertoire has been an integral part of Jakob’s work as a performer.  Future plans include a recording of Adolf Busch’s complete piano work for Toccata Classics. 


Chamber Music and Lied repertoire has always been at the heart of his playing career. On concert stage and in recording studio he has collaborated with musicians such as Janet Hilton, Alfia Nakipbekova, Karin de Fleyt and many more.


Jakob won numerous prizes at international competitions both as a soloist and chamber musician. He studied at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe with Wolfgang Manz before undertaking a postgraduate course at the Royal College of Music in London under the tutelage of Yonty Solomon. He also obtained a Masters Degree in Chamber Music graduating in 2001 after which he was awarded a RCM Junior Fellowship.


A much in demand pedagogue Jakob has given numerous master classes for conservatoires, universities and music specialist schools in the UK and China.  He also works as an examiner and consultant for the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music and holds the positions of Principal Lecturer in Piano at Leeds College of Music and Principal MA Piano Tutor at University of York.


Jakob is currently working on his PhD on Adolf Busch’s piano works at University of York.






Susan Young

A versatile, accomplished singer and passionate teacher, Susan was raised in Northumberland and holds qualifications from the Universities of Durham and London and Trinity College of Music.

In recent years, she has developed a growing reputation in the field of contemporary opera and as a champion of neglected works relishing the musical, artistic and dramatic challenges. For the English National Opera, she created the role of Wife in the World Premiere of Tansy Davies’ Between Worlds, directed by Deborah Warner.  Also for ENO, Susan has worked on The Passenger (Weinberg), giving a pre-performance talk, broadcast on Radio 3’s Private Passions and has covered the demanding role of the Duchess in Powder Her Face (Ades). Other notable roles include Micaëla/Carmen, Caterina/L’amico Fritz, Silvia/Zanetto (Mascagni) (all for Opera Holland Park), the title role in Kát’aKabanová and Tatyana/Eugene Onegin. She has garnered critical praise for her strong dramatic sense and rich, warm sound.

Previously a regular soloist with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Susan’s numerous concert appearances include Beethoven Symphony no 9, Dvorak Te Deum, Elgar Spirit of England, Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony, Dona Nobis Pacem, Spohr The Last Judgement, Szymanowski Stabat Mater, Tippett A Child of Our Time, Orff Carmina Burana and Verdi Requiem.

Susan is proud to have been an integral part of the group of musicians who founded the now internationally renowned Oxford Lieder Festival and has a considerable knowledge and experience of performing a wide range of song repertoire. She enjoys collaborating with pianists such as Ben Dawson, Julius Drake, Iain Farrington and Sholto Kynoch and has had works commissioned for her.

Her commitment to performing is matched and balanced by her love of and dedication to teaching. Susan has worked with choristers at Christ Church Cathedral, taught at several leading independent schools (Music, Voice and Piano) with the main focus of her work now at university level. Combined with her teaching practice at York, Susan also teaches the Scholars at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford and privately in London. Classically trained, Susan is also keen to work with singers interested in Musical Theatre and has recently worked as a teacher/MD/coach on the Summer Academy: West End on Demand. In addition, she has been a visiting teacher for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Susan hopes that her infectious passion, deep commitment and sound technical knowledge all combine to inspire the highest levels of communication, enjoyment and achievement, fostering a lifelong love of music and learning.