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History & Aims

The Hindhead Music Centre, originally known as the Hindhead School of Music, was founded in 1975 by the harpist, Ann Hughes-Chamberlain, whose aim has always been to offer excellence in music tuition to everyone, from complete novices to post-graduates, from toddlers to pensioners, to gifted musicians and to those who just want a rewarding hobby, and to those with learning difficulties, in fact to everyone. No-one has ever been turned away.

We cover a wide area, with pupils coming from London, Winchester, Chichester, Midhurst, Guildford, Godalming, Farnham, Petersfield, Haslemere, Isle of Wight and the surrounding towns and villages.

The Hindhead Music Centre aims to fulfil the musical potential of each and every pupil, and very often greatly exceeds this.

Ann Hughes-Chamberlain's philosophy is that music is a language which can reach every single mortal being and bring unrivalled joy if only they have the opportunity to discover it.

The Hindhead Music Centre is a non-profit-making company limited by guarantee. Fees are set to cover the Centre's running costs and no more; any profits which might arise are ploughed back into the Centre itself. However, with high over-heads and no grant or subsidy, it is difficult for the Centre to compete in price with private tutors working from home or with subsidised tuition provided by schools and colleges. Instead, it provides unmatched quality of tuition and a whole range of superb additional services and facilities free for those who take regular lessons here. There is an affiliated charity, founded in 1979, No. 1003878 The Friends of the Hindhead School of Music.

Almost all instruments are taught at the Centre, including piano,guitar, harp, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, singing, drums, and many types and styles of music from early classical to modern popular music. There are currently about 500 pupils of all ages visiting the Centre for weekly tuition, and another 200 or so come for various classes, group playing, orchestras, musical appreciation talks and concerts. The teaching staff, about 40 in number, are all performing musicians in their own right, with a love and understanding of teaching both advanced students and beginners, both children and adults. Many are performers in the concert halls of the world, and thus are equipped to teach concert manners, performance etiquette and control of nerves - all part of the musician's art and technique.

If you follow our pages you will see what makes the Hindhead Music Centre so very special. You will see that we offer a vast array of musical services, from Musical Bumps for toddlers to recitals by internationally acclaimed artists, from residential summer holiday courses for a huge range of specialist instruments to orchestras, choirs, musical appreciation classes, tuition in almost every instrument at all levels from complete beginners to post-graduates.

Cellists at the Hindhead Music Centre

Situation & Setting

It is hard to imagine a more perfect setting for music-making than the home of the Hindhead Music Centre. It is set in a large Victorian country-house, home of its founder and principal, Ann Hughes-Chamberlain, deep amongst the Surrey hills, with distant views of the South Downs. It is completely surrounded by National Trust commons and woodlands, all part of the thousands of acres which make up the 'Hindhead Common' with the famous Devil's Punchbowl, which is within a mile of the Centre. It is within an area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB), yet it is within a mile of the A3 trunk road to London and Portsmouth, and within about sixteen miles of the M25. Haslemere railway station is two miles away, with fast trains to London Waterloo (40 minutes), Guildford, Woking and Portsmouth Harbour. Buses from Haslemere , Guildford, Farnham and Aldershot pass the end of the drive at fairly regular intervals, and for those who drive to the Centre there is ample parking space.

The house, known as Leigh Heights which is the home of the Hindhead Music Centre has about eighteen rooms set aside for tuition, each room is comfortably and attractively furnished and most have grand pianos. There is a delightful and elegant Recital Room which comfortably seats 75, and boasts a superb Steinway Concert grand piano, on which many of the world's greatest pianists have performed and recorded.

The drawing-room and conservatory are used for receptions, and the library is used as a waiting room. The Coffee Shop in the old Coach House, half way up the drive, offers pleasant surroundings where pupils may partake of the most delicious cakes and snacks while waiting for their lessons; there is also a TV room for the entertainment of siblings.

The beautiful grounds of six acres have wonderful views and include formal rose gardens, lawns, woodland walks and a heated swimming pool for the enjoyment of residents on our summer Holiday Courses.

The rural setting for music lessons in Hindhead
Music tuition in the drawing room
Music courses in an elegant country house setting

Hindhead Music Centre, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6BA.   Tel: (01428) 604941.   Email:   Click for map