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#1 katica



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 23:24

It's that time of year again...


I'm beginning to think about courses I want to attend in 2014. How about you? Going to any of these? Any other recommendations?

Thanks for all the additions from this year's experiences.



Aberystwyth MusicFest

No dates for 2014 posted yet



Aurora Ensemble Wind Chamber Music Courses

4-6 April
Hawkwood College, Gloucestershire



Basically Quartets

12-17 August

19-24 August

Penmaenmawr, North Wales




Various courses throughout the year: WHICH ARE YOUR FAVOURITES?

Hitchin, Hertfordshire



British Kodaly Academy
Short courses 17-21 February, 7-10 April
Kodaly Summer School 9-15 August

University of Wolverhampton

No doubt Cyrilla will keep us posted with any juicy tidbits to entice Forumites to participate.


Charterhouse Summer School of Music 

aka Canford Summer School of Music

Now Sherborne School of Music

Sherborne, Dorset

3-17 August

PREVIOUS LINK NO LONGER WORKS and note that the link quoted in this page is also wrong but at least the dates are up:



Chethams International Summer School and Festival for Pianists

14-20 and 20-26 August





Various teacher training and weekend courses

Roehampton, London (also international courses in Austria)



Dartington International Summer School

26 July - 16 August

Totnes, Devon



Edinburgh International Harp Festival
2014 dates not up yet


English Camerata International Summer School of Chamber Music

10-15 July

Shrewsbury, Shropshire



The Flute Kitchen
No dates for 2014 posted yet
Ashville College Harrogate


Guildhall School of Music

Various courses, including between 19 July and 3 August



Harrogate Saxophone Summer School

No dates for 2014 yet posted



Hindhead Music Centre Summer Courses

July-August: 2014 dates not up on website yet
Hindhead, Surrey


Jackdaws Music Education Trust

Courses for various instruments and ensembles between January and SeptemberFrome, Somerset


Jazz School UK

Various courses



Manchester Single Reed Summer Course

No dates for 2014 posted yet



NLMS Music Summer School
9-16 August
Queenswood School, Hertfordshire


Marches Oboe School

Sadly, taking a break for 2014

Back in 2015, 28 July to 1 August

Presteigne, Powys



Oxenfoord International Summer School for Singers and Accompanists
(for singers)
27 July to 3 August
Loretto School, Musselburgh, Edinburgh

Oxford Cello School
French Alps 24-30 May
Various courses 20 July to 3 August


The Rehearsal Orchestra
Various one- and two-day courses
Also one week annually in August in Edinburgh to coincide with the International Festival and Fringe


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
200+ short courses and summer schools

Sing for Pleasure

Various courses February to June

No information on 2014 Summer School yet



Summer's Cool Music Course

Sunday 27th July – Friday 1st August 2014

Repton School, Derby



Unsung Heroes
Cello courses
Lewes, East Sussex


Walsall Piano School Summer School for Pianists

No info up for 2014 summer school yet

Site doesn't seem to be working.




International Double Reed Society Conference 2014

5-9 AugustNew York

2014 [email protected] Steinhardt



Cellos at Belle Serre

Summer courses between 15 July and 12 August

South of France



Cubertou Summer Courses

Various courses between 13 July and 6 September




And last but not least, you can see ABRSM's own courses by clicking the link at the top... (none up for 2014 yet in Costa Rica! ;)  )

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 17:19

I did the Rehearsal Orchestra Edinburgh course this year which I really enjoyed. I must say that I have heard good things about NLMS so I think I will have a tough choice in 2014.

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 15:15

I'm going to the Speed Dating for Strings (!) course at Benslow in March and might also do the Baroque course in May.

The English Camerata course sounds fab, v tempted by that! Has anyone else been on it?

Can I also recommend Lowri Blake's cello courses in South France
I went this year in September and it was a wonderful experience. Not sure I can afford to go again this year but will definitely do so at some point in the future.
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Posted 27 December 2013 - 15:51

Cello course in France duly added, lubylu. :)


As Benslow seems to be a special favourite with Forumites, if people want to recommend specific courses in particular, I'll put them up.

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 18:38

I have been on the English Camerata course for the last two years, and really enjoyed it.  It's not really a course as such though - the best way to describe it is that there's a lot of fluidity to each day, so that you can get the most out of your stay.  If you want to play from dawn to dusk, you can.  If you're not part of a preformed group, then you will be matched with other players who want to play similar pieces, and you may well find that you play with lots of different people - this is one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much I think.  If you go in a preformed group, then of course you will stay together.  Even though I was probably one of the most inexperienced people there (about Gr 4 cello the first year, about Gr 5 last year, but I haven't taken the exam), I was made very welcome, and tremendous effort was made to enable me to play as much as possible.  I liked the chance to play with wind instruments (I play in a string orchestra at home).  I got lots of practice sight reading.  I learned a lot from the coaches & tutors.  The food and accommodation are very good, as are the music facilities.

I can't compare it to any other courses though, as I haven't been on any.  I'd go back this year if I could, but finances may not allow it.

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 19:46

Harrogate Saxophone Course  usually August- Rob Buckland/Andy Scott


Manchester Single Reed usually July (under 18's but possibly seperate adult course). Saxophones led by Rob Buckland seperate clarinet course.


Musicfest Aberystwyth various courses

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 11:24

Summer's Cool Music Course


Sunday 27th July – Friday 1st August 2014


Repton School, Derby


For young musicians aged 8 – 16 years


For all abilities from grade 1 upwards


For all instruments


For youngsters who want to make music and have fun!


Residential and Day Places





Fantastic, friendly course which I attended as a child and now tutor on! Has been running since 1988 at various venues around the UK

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 02:15

Thanks for the additions notmusimum and lornawaters - I've updated the list in the first post.


On the web sites I hunted down for your suggestions, notmusimum, there don't appear to be any dates set yet for 2014. If you find out about them and I haven't yet updated the list, give me a prod!

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 07:19

Katica, don't know if it's just me, but whenever I click on any of your links I am taken back into this page.

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 08:32

Katica, don't know if it's just me, but whenever I click on any of your links I am taken back into this page.

Most links work okay for me except the Benslow one which takes me back to the forum home page.
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Posted 11 January 2014 - 03:35

Oh dear! :( :( :(


Some work and some don't.


Yesterday when I was updating the list the whole thing suddenly disappeared. :o


Fortunately I had copy-pasted the list elsewhere just in case, so I just copy-pasted it back in and re-did the update. (Rather annoyedly, I must admit, especially as it looks as though I may not myself make ANY of these courses this year.  :crying: )


Something must have happened during the copy-pasting. I'll re-check all the links.

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 04:06

I think the links should be working now. It turns out it wasn't ALL my fault - a couple of the sites weren't working or had been changed.

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 16:12

Has anyone been on Benslow's Intermediate Piano aimed at Grade 4-6 level.  I did Grade 4 in 2012 and just passed and am now slowly working up to Grade 5 in the next year or so.  I get very bad nerves playing in front of other people.


Any thoughts/views would be appreciated.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:38

I just got an email about a course aimed at adult wind players - World Wide Wind:




In August in Banbury.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 17:56

The British Kodály Academy is running another 'Conductors and Singers' Spring Course this year (April 7th-10th).   Last year it was lovely to have Splog, AnnC, Express Yourself, benjaminja there (I'm sure I've missed someone off :blush:) and erstwhile forumite rosfrog was teaching for us for the first time.


He's back this year, offering workshops on a variety of topics as well as individual singing lessons.   One participant remarked last year, 'That half hour was worth the whole course fee on its own!'.


Full details are to be found here:




We're at a new venue this year - the Hayes Conference Centre near Derby.   We're all very excited at the thought of en-suite double rooms with tea/coffee-making facilities (the accommodation last year left rather a lot to be desired...).


If anyone has any questions about it, please drop me a PM.   It promises to be a lovely few days :)   We have some truly amazing tutors including the incredible László Nemes (Director of the Kodály Institute) and Sue Hollingworth, well-known in the UK choral world.   We're all looking forward to a bit of barbershop, too :D!


The Early Bird rate (£100 off the regular course fee) ends on 24th February!!


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