International String Summer School (Advanced)

2nd August – 8th August 2020

This course, led by a distinguished team of tutors from Wells Cathedral School String Department will offer higher level participants (aged 12-18) the chance to work towards more challenging works in greater depth. Players can enrol as pre-formed groups or as individuals to be formed into ensembles on arrival.

This course is designed for experienced players who have reached, as a minimum standard, the equivalent of Grade 8 Distinction, and have the requisite skills and desire to work at the highest level. Players who have not yet reached Grade 8 should see our intermediate course.

Pupils who are not already known to the team of tutors will be asked to supply a short video of two contrasting pieces before their application will be formally accepted.

Musical Opportunities

Our Advanced course offers a balance of chamber music coaching, solo lessons with an informal performance opportunity, as well as daily string orchestra rehearsals. The week culminates in a concert on Saturday afternoon that is open to family and friends.

Whilst we encourage everyone to take part in all performances and activities, we will not force anyone to participate if they don’t want to do so for whatever reason. However, we hope our friendly and accepting community will lead all musicians to take part, even if it is slightly outside of their normal comfort zone!

Other Activities

Meet Our World-Class Staff

Course tutors will generally be either full- or part-time teaching staff of Wells Cathedral School, a government-recognised specialist music school that is known for its quality teaching and musical opportunities for pre-professional musicians. However, should our staff be unavailable for our jazz summer school, we will appoint music teachers of a comparable calibre to teach courses.

Meet our String Co-ordinators

Meet our String Staff

A Typical Day

7.30am: Wake up call for boarders
8.00am: Breakfast
8.30am: Registration for both day and boarding students
9.00am: Individual practise
10.00am: String Orchestra
11.15am: Break
11.45am: String Orchestra or Chamber Music
12.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm: Chamber Music
2.30pm: Activities
4.30pm: Masterclasses
5.30pm: Supper
6.30pm: Chamber Music Coaching
7.45pm: Day pupils depart
8.00pm: Boarders’ activities
9.30pm: Bedtime routine begins (age dependent)


The course costs £945 boarding and £745 day.  The course includes meals (lunch and dinner for day). 

Please note that a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the course fee is required to reserve your place, with the balance due on 1st May 2020. Bookings made after the 1st May 2020 must be accompanied by the full fee for the course.

How to Apply

We recommend that you have the following information available before starting our booking process:

  • Details about your child’s musical history, including feedback from your child’s music teacher, if applicable
  • Details about any medical insurance cover, if applicable
  • Details about your child’s medical history, including dates of any major illnesses
  • A video of two contrasting pieces
  • Payment card details
To book onto our course, please note you will need to complete the following steps:

If you have any questions or if you’d like help with the application process, please contact us on 01749 834298 / [email protected]

Useful Links

Virtual Open Day

Ages 2-18

Saturday 3rd October
from 10.30am – 1.00pm
Click here to register

Summer Schools

We have, very reluctantly, decided that we need to cancel our summer schools for 2020 due to Covid-19. We have extensively explored all options, trying to find a viable solution. But sadly, we have come to the conclusion that there are too many variables outside of our control to run our summer courses this coming year. We are extremely disappointed but the safety and well-being of our participants and staff remains our primary concern in these exceptional times. Please see the link below for our 2021 dates.

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Contact our team