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The Mount School York is proud to partner with local organisations and the wider community to host a variety of summer schools and summer camps for children throughout the school holidays.

With an extensive range of specialist facilities available, The Mount is an ideal location to develop your interests or pursue a new hobby.

Ian Murphy Art Summer School

We are pleased to announce the return of our Art Summer School with renowned British Artist, Ian Murphy for 2024.

Week 1: Monday 22 July 2024 – Friday 26 July 2024
Week 2: Monday 29 July 2024 – Friday 2 August 2024

£499 per week. (lunch provided)
You are invited to attend one or both weeks.

Following the success of the previous summers, Ian will once again visit the school to deliver bespoke workshops and portfolio development sessions.

This opportunity is open to anyone aged between 13-18 years and is particularly beneficial to those studying or preparing to study Art GCSE.


Piano Summer School

2024 Piano Summer School Dates TBA.

Pupils from the local community can sign up for one, two or three days of access to our incredible Steinway pianos.

The school is designed to cater to everyone’s needs you can choose from:

  • One to one lessons taught by internationally renowned pianists
  • Masterclasses
  • Recitals
  • Competitions
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Theory lessons
  • Aural lessons.

Click here to view an example of what a Piano Summer School day could look like, depending on the musical activities that you choose. 


Cost to Participate (2023):

  • Deposit (non-refundable) £100
  • One day £100
  • Two days £180
  • Three days £250

Cost to Observe: 

  • Day Pass (to include optional participation in classes and lunch) £40/day
  • Lunchtime Recital Tickets*: Lunchtime Recital £12 (adult) / £5 (U18)
  • 3-day discount ticket: Attend all concerts £30 (adult) / £10 (U18)
*Lunchtime Recital tickets are included for both participants and observers. 
If you would like to attend any of our lunchtime recitals and you are not participating or observing, it is possible to pay on the door. 

Online Piano Competition

To celebrate the Piano Summer School, The Mount School Music Department launched its first online Piano Competition in 2023. Music enthusiasts and pianists from around the world were invited to submit video entries to the multiple categories. The competition aimed to showcase the exceptional talent of pianists and provide a platform for them to exhibit their skills, without the expense of travel in a friendly yet competitive environment.

The competition was open to pianists of any nationality, from children to pianists up to 35 years old. With an esteemed panel of judges consisting of Musicians from The Mount School and Ackworth School, participants received fair and insightful evaluations of their performances.

To enter the competition pianists were asked to submit a video performance consisting of a solo piano repertoire. The performances were judged by staff from The Mount School and Ackworth School. Performances were marked independently by three judges and a point system was applied for accuracy, interpretation and style, sense of performance and communication and technical prowess. Prizes will be awarded to the competitor with highest points in each category.

In addition to the glory and recognition that winners received, the competition had impressive prizes, ranging from £100 – £300 and there will also be special Scholarship awards for those who wish to study at The Mount School or Ackworth School.

For the full terms and conditions and more information on how to apply please click the link below.

The Mount Piano Summer School Terms & Conditions

The Mount School Online Piano Competition Application Form