Welcome to the NLMS Music Summer School website

A course for adult amateur players with orchestra, choir, woodwind, string and brass ensemble elements

The Society has been running summer schools for over thirty years.This website is principally dedicated to giving you information about the summer school.  The society also runs a string quartet weekend in the Leeds area, typically at Easter time.

The 2018 Summer School was a huge success, with record attendance and some great music making by all the ensembles and the tutors.   You can pick up some of the highlights on the Society’s Facebook page, and you can also find photos from the week on Flickr.

We now start the process of looking forward to the 2019 Summer School.  Queenswood School will no longer be available for the courses, and so the Society is actively seeking to run the course at a new venue – an exciting and challenging prospect!  We have our eye on one venue in particular, and will post more details here as soon as we have “sealed the deal”!  For the moment, the pages on this site reflect the content of the 2018 Summer School and our objective is as much as possible to recreate what we know is a successful formula in a new venue.  So you can catch a flavour of what’s likely to be on offer in 2019 by looking through the pages here, and we’ll update them as soon as we can with details about the 2019 offerings.

Our Summer School features two orchestras, the Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonietta, a choir, a late starter string ensemble and a brass ensemble! There is also opportunity for woodwind and string ensemble playing, chamber music and a wide variety of open sessions.


We sent out a newsletter in June 2017.  You can read it here, and we are working on another edition which will be available shortly, with further news and updates. 

If you haven’t received our newsletters and would like to get future communications, please e-mail the NLMS Secretary, Steve Walker.  We plan to send out newsletters occasionally, and this is a good way to keep in touch with the latest information.

We aim to provide enjoyment through music-making and, while we achieve high standards of performance, this is never at the expense of friendliness and good humour.

I hope to see you at our new venue in August 2019 and, whether you are a regular attender or a new member, you can be assured of a warm welcome.

In the meantime, please visit and “Like” us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter.

Philip Meaden
NLMS Chairman

Steve Bingham
NLMS Course Director

Comments from Course Members

“Queenswood is a high spot of our year. Many thanks for providing such a super musical experience.”

“Many thoughts will remain with me after what has been one of the most exhausting but rewarding weeks of my whole life.”

“This week was close to being perfect for me.”

“I would like to thank all staff, tutors, helpers and the members for my first happy week at NLMS. Not only musically helpful but friendly. I look forward to next year.”

“A wonderful week of hard, fulfilling study and practice. A very good social opportunity to meet and make new friends with common interests. Well done everybody.”

“The tutors are absolutely marvellous.”

“The venue, organisation, facilities and camaraderie have been 1st rate.”

“I had such a good time. Music-making is so exciting!”

“This course keeps me smiling for weeks.”

“Excellent week! Thank you very much: tutors very professional, friendly environment. I’ve learned a lot. No complaints.”