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 Thursday 19 May – Sunday 22 May.

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 Francesca Barritt (violin) and John Slack (clarinet) who will be joined by regular ensemble collaborator Libby Burgess (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.

This year, the course duration has been extended by half a day, and commence on Thursday 19 May with participants to arrive for lunch at 1pm. The course fee of £420 includes all tuition, meals and accommodation with host families. Returning participants are invited to ‘Introduce a Friend’ to the course for a £25 reduction in course fee for themselves (and the Friend they refer).

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.

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 Thursday 17 March (N.B. places are limited, and we will begin allocating participants to ensemble groups as applications are received).

Application Form 2022 (Word version)

Application Form 2022 (Pdf version)

For more information, please email