Wavendon Allmusic Plan Limited (The Stables)

National Youth Music Camps

The NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC CAMPS were founded by Dr Avril Dankworth in 1970 on the grounds of The Stables Theatre, near the home of Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine. Since their beginning, the camps have been the highlight of the summer for many musical young people aged 8 to 17. Campers travel from throughout the UK and abroad to be part of a week-long musical experience that at once inspires, challenges, thrills and delights its young participants. From orchestral playing to jazz improvisation, from harmonica sessions to steel pan performance, from music theatre production to recorder and rock ensembles, the National Youth Music Camps have it all.

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  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



The camps offer young people the opportunity to be part of a creative environment demonstrating the Dankworth’s ‘Allmusic’ philosophy, an unbiased approach to music that encourages participation, exploration and interaction without a hierarchy of musical style or skill level. Campers play their primary instruments in small groups and in a full camp orchestra, take part in taster sessions learning to play the steel drums, handbells, harmonica, accordion or other instruments new to them, and take advantage of opportunities for experimental music and composition. To offer bursaries to more young people we require funding - we also require funding to update the National Music Camps website and to help young people to experience the magic of music.