21st International Chamber Music Summer School


Thursday 19th July - Tuesday 24th July 2018

Coaching on 6 days (part course by arrangement)



Formerly at Shrewsbury School, now at

Tonbridge School, Kent (Near Sevenoaks), TN9 1JP, UK


Please call 01923 853309 or 07711 037907

Summer School of Chamber Music


Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2017 Course and whose dedication, enthusiasm and joyous music - making made it such a success

We offer extensive coaching in an exciting classical chamber music environment for ensembles and instrumentalists playing the following instruments and more:

  • - piano and harpsichord
  • - strings (violin, cello, viola, double bass by arrangement)
  • - wind (bassoon, clarinet, oboe, cor anglais, flute, recorder & bass clarinet)
  • - brass instruments (French horn, trumpet, trombone)

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Our Chamber Music Summer Course is going into its 21st summer long weekend. We take much trouble to offer a worthwhile experience and set a very high standard. A vibrant atmosphere is engendered by the genuine interest of the enthusiastic folk who find their way to us together with the intensive coaching lavished by non - judgmental and encouraging teachers.

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Who comes?

The Course welcomes enthusiasts of all ages. For those coming as an ensemble, Elizabeth arranges a programme of coaching tailor-made to fit the repertoire; experienced players 'freelancing' , that is, instrumentalists seeking an ensemble, are matched for partners with great care by Elizabeth's bearing in mind desired repertoire and standard; the resulting ensemble enjoys the same individualised programme of coaching, one which reflects the combined wishes of its members.

This delicate, exclusive insight is carried forward by the Course director into the Course itself so that participants can benefit from the friendly, non-competitive arrangements whilst having the opportunity to mix with kindred spirits and, in a calm, spacious setting, enjoy the close attention to their playing of marvellous coaches who give unstinting time.

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Course speciality

Everything is geared to our playing and the enjoyment of it. The very high number of hours of coaching and the exceptional standard of it is the key to the success of the course. Such is the amount of coaching that the arrival of a tutor is not to be anticipated with apprehension but is simply a normal expression of the musical day; friendly, relaxed and encouraging.

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The 2018 Course hosted by Tonbridge School offers:

- Modern facilities in an appealing site on the edge of a charming town in some of England’s most beautiful countryside, approximately 30 miles from the historic town of Hastings on the South coast with its lovely beaches (direct train)

- An extra day at a greatly - discounted price

- A Steinway - designated school, with modern, well-maintained piano provision including 4 Steinway grands and 2 from the Boston and Essex ranges;

- Attractive rehearsal settings including a lovely Chapel, a library and purpose - built recital rooms;modernised residential facilitieswith single rooms or doubles if requested.

- Individual membership of the Leisure Club for the duration of your stay with access to equipment and the swimming pool as convenient.

- Tonbridge, where the Course is held, is easily accessible. London is about 1 hour away by car, and 40 minutes by rail from Charing Cross. From the international Eurostar stop at Ashford, the journey to Tonbridge takes about 30 minutes by local train. There are easy journeys from the international airports, Gatwick, Standsted and Heathrow. Full information giving directions to the Course whether by air, car or rail, will be found in the ‘welcome pack’ which is sent out in July.

Course Design

All the different rehearsal facilities are available from 7.00am enabling individual and ensemble practice before the first coaching of the day or indeed simply for the pleasure of it. Typically ensembles will alternate coaching sessions with periods of private practice.

Please see the information under the heading Detailed Course Description for the outline daily schedule of events.

A feature of the course is the participation of a number of student and young professional musicians who play in some of the ensembles as may be appropriate.

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