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International Chamber Music School

Saturday 9th to Thursday 14th April 2022

This course is designed for students aged 12 to 18 who wish to focus on the intensive study of chamber music. Working with the distinguished team of tutors from Wells Cathedral School Players can enrol as pre-formed groups or as individuals to be formed into ensembles. Aside from rehearsals and coaching there will be workshops and informal performance opportunities, and the course will culminate in a concert that is open to family and friends.

This course is designed for experienced ensemble players who have reached, as a minimum standard, the equivalent of Grade 7, and have the requisite skills and desire to work at the highest level. A limited number of pianists will also be accepted onto this course; please contact Simon Smith before applying. Pupils who are not already known to the team of tutors are also advised to contact Simon Smith before applying.

Players who have not yet reached Grade 7 should see our summer course.

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Performance Opportunities

The course culminates in a concert 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)


As a special introductory offer for 2022, the course costs £730 boarding and £575 day. The course includes meals (lunch and dinner for day).

A deposit of 25% of the course fee is required to reserve your place, with the balance due on 28th February 2022. Bookings made after the 28th February 2022 must be accompanied by the full fee for the course.

Please note that covid restrictions will apply; your deposit is fully refundable should we be unable to run the course. Otherwise, deposits are non-refundable.


If you book one of our Holiday Music Schools 2022, you are eligible for a £50 discount off the cost of each additional Holiday Music School 2022 course you book. This can be applied across siblings or for one child who takes part in more than one course in 2022. Please use the discount code “HOLIDAYMUSIC50” on your application form for each additional course you book (the full price will be required for the first booked 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
  • Payment card details (please note, if you wish to pay by childcare vouchers, please contact us BEFORE filling out the form).

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

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