By Sara Pezhhan, Year 9T
In August 2014, I was selected for the Principal's Apple Hill
Sponsorship Award for 10 days. This is a summer school for music in New
Hampshire, where I participated in the Playing for Peace Programme. It was one
of the best experiences of my life.
Everyone there was really talented and
kind, and it was amazing. The teachers helped so much with improving
skills and techniques. The living conditions were great. The accommodation
was a cabin in the forest, which was quite interesting and the food was great.
Most of the people there were from different parts of America (e.g. Texas, New
York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, etc). There were also people from Turkey,
Israel, UK, Syria and Cyprus as well.
During the day, there had 4 periods where we would practice our pieces. Our timetable went something like this: 8-8.45am breakfast, followed by
practice and workshops, 12.15pm lunch, followed by more practice and workshops,
5pm soccer and swimming at Otter Brook Park, 6.30pm dinner, then musical and
other activities until the 12am curfew.
We did various other activities too, such as climbing Pitcher Mountain,
Contra Dancing, watched a Faculty Concert, and took part in Skultures night
(Skits and cultural pieces) and Masterclasses. On the last 2 days, there
were concerts, both equally successful.
If you are interested in pursuing music further, then I would definitely
recommend you to go to Apple Hill; it's a really fun way to learn how to become
a better musician!