Summer schools

    2018 FeaturedLandscape
    01 Jul

    South Uist, Dalabrog, United Kingdom

    1 July 2018 To 6 July 2018

    Please visit the event website to download booking forms.

    Now in its 22nd year, the Ceòlas summer school is a proven success. Students come from across the world to the school, held annually in July in Dalabrog, South Uist, to experience traditional music and dance in a community setting.

    Expert tuition in piping, fiddle, song, dance and the Gaelic language are offered over a backdrop of community events, including cèilidhs, concerts and guided walks. Tutors from Cape Breton in Canada are an important part of the summer school, and represent the reunion of the global Gaelic Diaspora. Classes run from 9am – 3:30pm Monday to Friday and are followed a range of evening events.

    Price: £250 (full-price); £175 (Western Isles-rate); £10 drop-in rate per class (Western Isles).


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    2018 Featured
    09 Jul

    Tileyard studios, Tileyard Road, London, United Kingdom

    9 July 2018 To 20 July 2018

    9:00 am To 6:00 pm

    +44 (0)20 3725 6104

    The Tileyard Summer Music Camp is a 10-day intensive and highly practical songwriting and music industry camp, held at Tileyard Studios London, for commercial songwriters, producers and entertainment entrepreneurs.

    At the camp you will be taught by and collaborate with professional songwriters, producers, artists, and industry entrepreneurs based at Tileyard Studios.

    Tileyard Studios is the largest professional music community in Europe home to 82 recording studios and 120 music and entertainment businesses including producer songwriters Martyn Ware, Jon Kelly, Paul Whalley, Michael Angelo, Sean Hargreaves, Drew Masters, Goetz Botzenhardt, Nikolaj Bjerre, Emma Stakes, Marli Harwood, Notting Hill Music, Maverick, Marathon Artists, PLATOON and many more.

    Week one courses include:

    • Music industry landscape, dynamics and stakeholders
    • Inside the hybrid label, publisher, management company
    • Copyright, royalties, collection and the future of rights
    • Contracts for recording, publishing and management deals
    • The development of contemporary popular music in c20 / c21
    • DAW production skills 1: protools and logic
    • Songwriting and arrangement fundamentals
    • Lyric and creative writing workshop
    • Vocal development and technique
    • A two day songwriting camp
    • Friday playback session and party

    Week two courses include:

    • Entertainment marketing concepts, tools and techniques
    • Campaign and creative project management
    • New media and digital systems for music and entertainment
    • Digital marketing, SEO and strategic planning for campaigns
    • PR and radio support
    • Live event management, planning and marketing
    • DAW Production skills 2: protocols and logic
    • Songwriting and arrangement advanced skills
    • Vocal development and techniques part 2
    • A two day songwriting camp
    • Friday playback session and final party

    A light catered lunch and tea/coffee is included daily.

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    05 Aug

    University of Chichester, College Lane, Chichester PO19 6PE, United Kingdom

    5 August 2018 To 10 August 2018

    Louis Pantillon – Upper Strings Basics
    James Halsey – Lower Strings Basics
    Sian Ford – Daily Dalcroze
    Gavin Sutherland – Conducting

    We have an amazing line up for this year’s summer school. Come and join us for a truly inspirational week of learning, recharging your batteries, challenging yourself and meeting some fantastic people – all at a great venue too!

    Professional development lies at the heart of the European String Teachers Association and each year the Summer School draws together a world-class faculty of teacher-presenters to share experiences and pedagogic insights into teaching and playing string instruments.

    2018 promises an inspiring series of workshops, lectures, demonstrations and concerts. Participants range from young professionals to semi-retired players giving a unique mix of experiences and opportunity for sharing of ideas and knowledge. Informal chamber music groups spring up every evening around suppertime and after the concerts.

    The programme retains its ever popular Basics (String Pedagogy) classes which take an in depth view of how we play and teach string instruments. Every year these classes take on their own special life as the presenter and participants change and the class evolves to suit everyone’s interests and needs.

    Residential at Chichester University. If you’re local please feel free to commute but if you can, do immerse yourself in the whole experience. It’s amazing what conversations get started at breakfast!

    Here you can book the entire week. If you just want individual days then please email  Please be aware that the daily rate does not include accommodation. This is an extra charge of £35 per night. (Accommodation is included in the whole week’s fee.)

    ESTA members are eligible to apply for bursaries. Click HERE for more details.

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    12 Aug

    Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Mansion Drive, Tring, United Kingdom

    12 August 2018 To 17 August 2018

    3:00 pm To 4:30 pm

    +44 (0)1442 824255

    East of England

    The Summer Musical Theatre Course is an intensive week of singing, dancing and acting with industry professionals whilst making new friends who share a keen interest in musical theatre. 

    The Musical Theatre Summer Course is designed to give students an insight into how it feels to be part of a creative process, while developing their individual skills as a performer.

    Students will take part in various classes and workshops which will take place in the new purpose-built Park Studios.

    Previous training in one or more genres is preferable.  All pupils will receive a free Holiday Courses t-shirt on arrival.

    Boarders to arrive late afternoon on Sunday 12 August, Day pupils to arrive at 8.45am on Monday 13 August. The Course ends at approximately 4.30pm on Friday 17 August.

    Evening Activities:

    • Scavenger hunt and drama games
    • Quiz night
    • BBQ and lawn games
    • Visit to a show (ticket and transport cost included in fee)
    • Internal talent show held in Tring Park’s Markova Theatre.  All entries should be no more than 1.5 minutes and music must be on a CD or IPod (MP3 player) ready to play

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    07 Jul

    Llandovery College, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK

    7 July 2018 To 25 July 2018

    +44 (0)1454 419504

    • Dr Alan D Moller – Linguistic Director
    • William Godfree – choir / composition / theory / organ / jazz piano
    • Professor Jean-Luc Borsarello – chamber music coaching / viola / violin
    • Professor Richard Crabtree - viola / violin
    • Professor Alexander Trostiansky – violin
    • Nitzan Laster and František Brikcius – cello
    • Angharad Edwards - harp
    • Professor Rustem Koudoyarov, Professor Vira Mullerova Dvořáčkoá and Professor Katia Nemirovitch Danchenko – classical piano
    • Professor Daniela Pisano – flute or piccolo tuition
    • Matthias Dulack– orchestral workshop / conducting
    • John Morgan – trumpet and brass instruments
    • Professor Gerard McChrystal – saxophone ensemble workshop
    • Paolo De Gaspari - Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
    • Heather Gordon-Redfern - Classical & Jazz & Recorder Clarinet
    • Urška Cvetko - Recorder
    • Simonida Miletic and Leonardo De Lisi – classical vocal 
    • Dr Paul Goodey – composition / oboe
    • Alex Forsyth – jazz course Coordinator / saxophone / flute / bass guitar
    • David Frankel and Naadia Sheriff – jazz piano
    • John Perry – jazz and pop drums
    • Robert Short – jazz, classical, and pop vocal
    • Steve Banks – classical acoustic and electric guitar
    • Luigi Borio - classical guitar
    • Rosario Macaluso - jazz trumpet

    This specialised, intensive language and music Summer course is for musicians preparing for exams, auditions and competitions with some of the world’s best teachers.

    The course is for adults and unaccompanied teenagers from the age of 12 as well as accompanied children with a lower age limit of five. Students can choose to attend just the main course (two weeks) or both the pre-course and the main course (three weeks):

    • Pre-course (20 places): 7-12 July 2018 (arrival on 6 July)
    • Main course (100 places): 13-25 July 2018 (arrival on 12 July afternoon and departure on 26 July morning)

    The pre-course is designed for students who need either intensive linguistic tuition or who want to benefit from extra tuition from our teachers present on the pre-course or both. Students who attend the pre-course then go on to the main course. The main course features instrumental and voice tuition, masterclasses, composition, conducting, and jazz. It also offers students the opportunity to improve language skills, working either in small groups or one-to-one with our language tutors.

    There are two kinds of participants:

    • Non-residential: local students or participants who choose to live out in hotels, B&B etc, taking two main meals from Sundays to Fridays
    • Residential: those who want full board and take all their meals at Llandovery College for the duration of the course

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    30 Jul

    Villa Favard Park, Via di Rocca Tedalda, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

    30 July 2018 To 10 August 2018

    +44 (0)1454 419504

    • Dr Alan D Moller – Linguistic Director
    • Urška Cvetko – recorder
    • Paolo De Gaspari – clarinet and bass clarinet
    • Professor Gerard McChrystal – saxophone ensemble
    • Chen Zimbalista – percussion workshop / drums / timpani
    • Professor Lisetta Rossi – harp
    • Professor Richard Crabtree and Jean-Luc Borsarello - viola / violin
    • Alexander Trostiansky and Professor Madeleine Mitchell – violin
    • Daniel Grosgurin – cello / chamber music coaching
    • Pierre Feyler – double bass
    • Alfonso Borghese – classical guitar
    • Professor Daniela Pisano – flute / piccolo
    • Rustem Koudoyerov and Katia Nemirovitch Danchenko – piano
    • Dr Paul Goodey – composition / oboe
    • William Godfree – choir / composition / jazz piano / organ / theory
    • Leonardo De Lisi, Simonida Militec, and Vitalba Mosca – classical voice
    • Alex Forsyth - jazz workshop

    The LMFL (Language and Music For Life) 3rd Musical Summer Course is a specialised course by world-renowned faculty for Advanced level students (17+ years old) or professionals.

    The course takes place at the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence, Italy. The conservatoire has two buildings:

    • A central administrative building in the centre of the old town at Piazza delle Belle Arti 2 50122
    • A second building, Villa Favard, in Rovezzano in the North-East of Florence at Via di Rocca Tedalda 451 (see map)


    We welcome students from +17 years old and upwards. We also welcome younger advanced students accompanied by at least one parent. All students must be advanced level in at least one discipline; other choices can be at lower level.

    • Arrival: 29 July 2018
    • Start of course: 30 July 2018
    • Departure: 11 August 2018

    The following tuition options are available:

    • Instrumental and voice
    • Opera workshop
    • Classical Vocal Workshop for Children and Teens
    • Composition
    • Languages

    How to get to Villa Favard

    The address of the front entrance of Villa Favard is Via di Rocca Tedalda 451. Bus Number 14 stops just in front while the Rovezzano train station is within walking distance.

    The address of the back entrance is Via Aretina, Firenze Rovezzano.

    Please keep the above in mind when booking accommodation.

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    11 Aug

    Dartington Hall, United Kingdom

    11 August 2018 To 18 August 2018

    9:00 am To 5:00 pm

    +44 (0)1803 847080

    Speakers and performers: Jane Glover, Harriet Walter, Dartington Festival Orchestra, Felicity Lott, Joanna MacGregor, Florian Mitrea, Alfred Brendel, Adrian Brendel, Sarah Gabriel, and Richard Williams.

    Haydn’s The Creation with Jane Glover; Imogen Cooper, Harriet Walter and Felicity Lott; Brazilian music; Oh, What a Lovely War and West Side Story.

    Jane Glover conducts the Dartington Choir in Haydn’s magisterial masterpiece The Creation, narrated by the wonderful Harriet Walter. The Dartington Festival Orchestra begins its two-week residency with the Conductors Programme; the Advanced Opera Course, Mozart’s beautiful and witty Marriage of Figaro, is coached by the much-loved soprano Felicity Lott, visiting Dartington for the very first time.

    It’s great week for pianists, with masterclasses from the great Imogen Cooper, piano concerto classes with Joanna MacGregor, and tuition in four-hand and two-piano repertoire with Florian Mitrea. Alfred Brendel brings his wit and wisdom, and Adrian Brendel directs the strings faculty. There’s be a packed programme of chamber music tuition all week.

    Sarah Gabriel and Richard Williams celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centenary directing all-comers with Scenes from West Side Story, as well as Lerner and Loewe’s Kiss Me Kate; and the Advanced Music Theatre Course marks the end of the First World War with Joan Littlewood’s searing Oh, What a Lovely War. There’ll also be classes in Brazilian music, dance and song.

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    17 Aug

    Chetham's School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester, United Kingdom

    17 August 2018 To 29 August 2018

    9:00 am To 5:00 pm

    +44 (0)1625 266899

    North-West England

    The Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists is a source of inspiration, fun, insight and focus for everyone who enjoys the piano and piano-playing.

    Now in its eighteenth year, it continues to grow and develop as a ‘piano republic of equals’. There is no elitism on the course, though everyone is extremely serious about piano playing.

    There is no other Summer school that manages to cater for the universal: Adult amateurs, promising children, and observers are as welcome on the course as concert pianists, international young artists preparing for top competitions, and professional music teachers.

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    18 Aug

    Dartington Hall, United Kingdom

    18 August 2018 To 25 August 2018

    9:00 am To 5:00 pm

    +44 (0)1803 847080

    Speakers and performers: Black Voices, Lee Reynolds, Heath Quartet, Tritium Trio, Byron Wallen, Paul Archibald, Brett Baker, Steve Dummer, Eleanor Alberga, Freya Waley-Cohen, Oliver Knussen, Neil Brand and Sarah Gabriel.

    Verdi’s Requiem and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro; Jazz, Ragtime and Composition; Byron Wallen celebrates Martin Luther King.

    Young Glyndebourne conductor Lee Reynolds directs Verdi’s explosive Requiem. You’ll be coached in the exhilarating choruses for Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, the climax of our two-week opera course.

    There’ll be a Ragtime and Beyond course, to mark Scott Joplin’s 150th birthday, and chamber music coached by the Heath Quartet and Tritium Trio.

    Byron Wallen, one of today’s most innovative and exciting trumpeters, creates a major jazz ensemble course around Martin Luther King and 1950s Harlem, and Black Voices lead the Gospel Choir. Paul Archibald and Brett Baker run the brass faculty in workshops and ensembles; and Steve Dummer directs the Big Band, as well as an open conducting course.

    Eleanor Alberga is our Advanced Composition tutor and Freya Waley-Cohen welcomes everyone to Open Composition; the great Oliver Knussen also mentors young composers. Neil Brand is back, to direct his popular Improvising to Film course. We celebrate the Summer School’s 70th anniversary with archive films performed with specially-created live music; with a concert telling the story of William Glock and the Summer School; and with Sarah Gabriel’s new immersive show about Dartington’s great founding spirit, Dorothy Elmhirst.

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