Legendary Smiths drummer Mike Joyce joins BIMM Summer School

This year Mike Joyce has joined other musicians for a series of 5 day workshops aiming to help musicians develop their skills and build their confidence in their chosen field.

By Steven Pankhurst | Last updated 6 July 2017

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The BIMM Manchester Summer School returns during the holidays in July and August, giving aspiring young North West musicians the opportunity to commit to an intensely productive week of learning and practice in their chosen instrument.

A fantastic way to spend part of the summer break for any guitarists, singers, bassists or drummers who want to develop their skills, build their confidence, or simply to just have fun!

The BIMM Summer Schools take place at Bank Chambers in Manchester City Centre. Each one is a five-day week course and consists of dedicated tuition for each chosen instrument, a live performance workshop on stage every afternoon to hone performance skills, along with a different special guest each day.

As BIMM Manchester’s College Principal Steve Cobain says, “The Summer Schools are a snapshot of what BIMM is all about and those taking part will enjoy every minute. This year we have Mike Joyce from iconic Manchester band The Smiths teaching drums. This is a must for any aspiring drummer ”

There are two different performance courses: the Music Performance Summer School powered by Radar for those who love indie and pop music; and the Music Performance Summer School by Marshall for all the rock and metal heads out there.

The Indie/Pop Week includes Mike Joyce (The Smiths), Sid & Ez (The Orielles), James Atkin (EMF) and Charlotte Hatherley (Ash/Bat For Lashes/KT Tunstall, Birdy) while the Rock/Metal Week features Richard Boucher (Funeral For A Friend), Paul White (The Defiled/Grim Reaper), Arya Goggins (Skindred) and Olly Simmons (The Qemists).

During Summer School week, the mornings are given over to technique and rehearsals, while in the afternoons the different instrumental groups come together and form practice bands to flesh out the songs they have learned. The sessions build the musicians’ skillset and confidence by selecting the more complex material. By Friday, students are ready to perform their live finale for invited friends and family.


The BIMM Summer Schools are open to all musicians who are aged 11+ and who can already play their chosen instrument, but who want to develop it further. BIMM always has a wide age range at its Summer Schools; so no one is ever too old to rock out!

Mon 24 – Fri 28 July – Music Performance Summer School (Indie/Pop)

Mon 31 July – Fri 4 Aug – Music Performance Summer School (Rock/Metal) 

Price: £299

BIMM Manchester, Bank Chambers, Manchester M1
0844 264 6666