Residential information

We are looking forward very much to welcoming you to the Richard Michael Jazz Summer Course in June/July. Please note that the balance of fees is due no later than 31st May. The standard balance is £575 for residential participants, assuming that you have paid a deposit of £90. If you are claiming a group or family discount, and are not sure of the balance due, or have any other query or concern about payment, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Details of how to pay are on the Fees page of this website.

As previously advised, the level of group discount will be based on the number of bookings received by Friday 24th May 2024, since we need to calculate and advise the balance due to be paid by 31st May 2024. Members of a group signing up for the course after 24th May will be eligible for the agreed level of discount as at this date, but the discount cannot be increased from small to large group status (from 5% to 10%) thereafter.

The course venue is Strathallan School in Forgandenny, about eight miles from Perth, Scotland. The full address is below:

Strathallan School

Forgandenny

Perth

PH2 9EG.

Travel information is available on the school website. (Please note that the Scottish Game Fair is on at Scone Palace on Sunday 30th June, so traffic in and around Perth is likely to be heavier than usual.) There is ample parking on site – please ask us for a parking permit on arrival if you are keeping your vehicle on the campus for the duration of the course. 

When you arrive, please come all the way up the school drive and follow the jazz course signs round to the right beyond the main house to find the car park and registration. Registration will take place from 4 pm to 5.30 pm on Sunday 30th June. We would be grateful if you could try to arrive during those times, but if you are not able to do so, please email as soon as possible and let us know your estimated time of arrival.  If you are delayed on your way to the course, please call us on 07592 374745.  Dinner will be at 6 pm, followed by an introductory session at 7.00 pm with Richard and the rest of the tutor team.

There will be three houseparents in residence throughout the course who are there to ensure the safety and welfare of all the course participants.  All houseparents have been disclosed by Disclosure Scotland.  Any student under 18 years of age who wishes to go off site may only do so if accompanied by one of the houseparents. At least two qualified first aiders will be on site throughout the course.

We can be contacted by mobile phone (07719 985700 or 07592 374745) throughout the course, so please do pass this number on to any friends or relatives who may require it in an emergency.  If they call and there is no answer, please ask them to leave a message and we will get back to them as soon as possible. Additional contact information for course participants will be provided in the course handbook which you will receive at registration.

If you have any specific dietary. medical or other requirements which you did not specify on your original booking form, please let us know immediately so that we can pass that information on to the school and put any necessary arrangements in place.

The course timetable is available on our website.  The teaching sessions will run from 9.30 am until 5.00 pm on Monday to Thursday, and from 9.30 am to approximately 1 pm on Friday, followed by an informal concert beginning at 2 pm to which friends and family are warmly invited. This should finish by 4.15 pm at the latest.  There is no formal teaching in the evenings, but students are encouraged to form combos of their own if they would like to continue playing (until 9.30 pm). 

Please would all players bring their own instruments (and instrument stands/amps where appropriate) – this includes pianists/keyboard players and drummers where possible.  If you are not able to bring your own instrument, please let us know immediately so that we can try to make alternative arrangements.  Music stands will be provided.

Accommodation is in single study bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities. Bed linen and towels are provided, but you may wish to bring a spare towel as well if you are likely to make use of the swimming pool. Only one pillow is provided, so please bring extra if you need them. If your travel arrangements make this impossible, please let us know.

Bedroom keys are available for over-18s if required. There will be a charge of £25 plus VAT for any lost key. All participants will also receive a swipe card to access communal spaces within the residences and the teaching area. There is a cost of £5 plus VAT per card to replace any that are lost or damaged.

WiFi is available in the residences and in most other areas of the school. Details of the WiFi login will be provided on arrival.

Please do not bring any unnecessary valuables with you.  Personal items and instruments will not be covered under the venue’s insurance, so please make sure that you have your own cover in place against loss or damage.

There is a swimming pool on site which will be available to us at a set time each day.  Similar arrangements will be in place for the tennis courts.  Please bring your own tennis equipment if you want to use the courts. The campus also boasts a nine-hole golf course, so do bring your own clubs etc if you fancy a round!

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any other information or would like to discuss any aspect of the course. 

We look forward very much to seeing you all on Sunday 30th June.