Young pianists aged 10 – 18 will develop the skills required for the 21st century classical pianist and will explore a wide range of genres including piano duets, chamber music (advanced players), piano accompaniment and jazz.
We would recommend that pianists have reached grade 5 standard, have a desire to try different areas of music making and are open to new ideas.
In today’s world of music, the opportunities for careers in piano are vast and nuanced, and our week is designed to give you a taste of where your piano skills can take you: on stage as a classical pianist, accompanist, as a member of an ensemble or being part of an orchestra are just a few examples. We hope you will join our summer school and see for yourself which genre would best match your skill set and, importantly, which area you love most! Our course will include masterclasses, tutor and pupil concerts and the opportunity to give solo performances on our Steinway grand piano in Cedars Hall, our state-of-the-art concert hall.
You will have opportunities to perform regardless of your skill level, but the highlight will be the end of the week 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 do not want to do so for whatever reason. Please also note that the selection of performers for the masterclass and final concert is at the discretion of the teaching staff. 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!
Even professional musicians need a break from their instruments! With Wells Cathedral School’s outstanding facilities, you’ll have a range of activities to enjoy when you’re not making music…
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 piano summer school, we will appoint music teachers of a comparable calibre to teach courses.
7.30am: Wake up call for boarders
8.30am: Registration in Cedars Hall for both day and boarding students
11.00am: Group class
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.
We recommend that you have the following information available before starting our booking process:
If you have any questions or if you’d like help with the application process, please contact us on 01749 834298 / [email protected]
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.