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Welcome to National Youth Music Camps

Now in their 48th year and held over three weeks in the school summer holidays at The Stables, the National Youth Music Camps are an inspirational experience for young musicians. 

The Camps provide opportunities for young people from across the UK to broaden their musical experience, develop their skills and share their enjoyment with others. For three weeks each summer, a temporary campsite is created alongside The Stables - the combination of the facilities of a professional music venue along with the opportunity to sleep under canvas in the beautiful rural setting of Wavendon makes for a magical, musical experience.

The Camps offer a musical and creative environment to all young people interested in music, regardless of playing standard – there is no minimum grade of entry. Our only requirement is that you love music and are keen to develop your talent.

"Lots of fun. I wish I could be there all the time!"

Previous Camps attender

Founded in 1970 by Avril Dankworth, the sister of Stables founder Sir John Dankworth, the Camps offers a huge variety of musical activities for young people: in addition to developing existing instrumental skills, campers are encouraged to try out new instruments and new genres as well as experimenting with improvisation and composition. The campers also work together to stage a musical as part of the showcase for parents at the end of the week.

The Camps are staffed by volunteers, including qualified music tutors, as well as dedicated teams of catering and maintenance staff. Many of the current volunteers are ex-campers themselves, who give their time in order to ensure the same opportunities are made available to new generations of campers.