Chamber Music course

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

COVID-19 update: after a successful online morning of workshops on the original weekend of the course, we are monitoring the situation and hope to be able to physically run the 2020 course with as many of the original applicants as possible, when the government advises that this may be done safely. 2020 applicants will receive updates via email.

22-25 May 2020

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.
  • 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 22 May. The course fee of £390 includes all tuition, meals and accommodation with host families. Returning participants are entitled to a £25 discount when recommending a friend who joins the course as a new participant – please enquire for further details.

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 1 January 2020.

Application Form 2020 (Word version)

Application Form 2020 (Pdf version)

Ensemble Form 2020 (Word version)

Ensemble Form 2020 (Pdf version)

For more information, please email