Chamber Music

Chamber Music runs in every week of the festival, in two formats: formal sessions, with a set ensemble and pre-arranged repertoire (you can come as a pre-formed ensemble or we will create a group for you), or informal ad-hoc sessions, drawn together from interested players once everyone is on site.

All participants selecting a Chamber Music session in their booking must complete a dedicated Chamber Music form with information on their playing level, ensemble experience and preferred repertoire.



For formal Chamber Music sessions the course leaders will create ensembles and put members in contact with each other in advance of the festival to discuss repertoire. During the festival these ensembles will meet for one designated session each day, when coaching from our artists will be available. Pre-formed ensembles are welcome during this session. As formal sessions are pre-arranged, we ask that everyone signing up to one is committed to that session for the week, and that the chosen repertoire is prepared in advance. All applicants to these sessions must submit a Chamber Music Booking Form by 3 June in order to be placed in a group. In Weeks 1 and 2, in order to make up the best ensembles, we will create formal groups across all chamber music sessions, and you will be put in an ensemble in one of the sessions you have booked. In weeks 3 and 4, we have defined one session in the day in which formal groups will be organised.


Our informal Chamber Music sessions are arranged during the festival. You will need to meet the Chamber Music organiser, who helps create ensembles, at the start of the week. Coaching from the chamber music faculty is available for some of these sessions. The flexibility of this arrangement is particularly suited to those musicians who may not be able to practice in advance of the festival, who might not want to commit to a piece or group for the full week, or first-time attendees cautious of overloading their schedule. Although groups are allocated once on site, we still ask that you book your place, as this allows us to monitor numbers and make the required provisions of spaces and tutors.

 If you have any questions about our Chamber Music programme, please contact the Summer School office on or 01803 847080.