Chamber Music course

A residential course for piano, strings and winds with the Berkeley Ensemble

The Berkeley Ensemble is delighted to be accepting applications for it’s annual Chamber Music Course for amateur musicians, this year scheduled to take place 27-30 August 2021 and very much hope that the easing of restrictions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic will enable the course to take place. Viability of this will depend on logistical and financial ramifications of any regulations in force over the duration of the course.  Our priority will be ensuring that we can operate in a Covid-secure environment and this will be continually assessed as the course date approaches. For full information regarding this, please see the application form below.

The Old Rectory, Chaffcombe, Somerset

  • Spend the weekend playing beautiful chamber music with like-minded musicians in the idyllic surroundings of rural Somerset.
  • The course will include individual tuition and ensemble coaching with members of the Berkeley Ensemble, plus several informal performance opportunities. Tutors for the course will include ensemble members Dan Shilladay (viola) and Andrew Watson (bassoon) who will be joined by regular ensemble collaborator Simon Callaghan (piano).
  • Suitable for advanced musicians of approximately Grade 6 standard and above, either in pre-formed ensembles or individuals, with some previous experience of playing chamber music.

The course commences with a concert by the tutors at 8pm on Friday 27 August. The course fee of £390 includes all tuition, meals and accommodation with host families.

Chaffcombe is situated just off the A303, near Ilminster. The nearest stations are Crewkerne (10 miles) and Taunton (20 miles). Direct trains run from London Waterloo to Crewkerne or from London Paddington to Taunton.

Click here to view a sample schedule for the weekend.

View a list of repertoire studied by participants on previous courses here.

To apply for a place on the course please download and return an application form by 16 July 2021 (N.B. places are limited, and we will begin allocating participants to ensemble groups as applications are received).

Application Form 2021 (Word version)

Application Form 2021 (Pdf version)

For more information, please email