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Summer Courses

During July and August the Hindhead Music Centre hosts a variety of musical holidays for which it has developed an international reputation. One year we had students from sixteen different countries! 2018 will be the 38th year of these courses which range from Discover Music! for children aged 6-10 who still may not play an instrument, to master-class courses for advanced adult performers.

Set in a comfortable Victorian country house with six acres of private gardens, the Centre has the atmosphere of a large family home (which in fact it is). The property is surrounded by hundreds of acres of National Trust land making up Hindhead Commons, an officially designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, centred round the famous Devil's Punchbowl.

A heated swimming pool provides opportunities for relaxation and fun. All food is freshly home-cooked on the premises, in fact the excellent food is one of the many highlights of the courses, and all meals (breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and supper) are all included in the fees (except where stated below).

The Hindhead Music Centre is an idyllic setting for chamber music, concerts and general music study. The house has a beautiful Recital room, which comfortably seats seventy-five, with a superb Steinway concert grand piano.

Meals are taken in the Orangery, with views over the gardens to the South Downs. The Drawing room and Library are comfortable relaxing rooms with huge sofas; almost all the bedrooms have grand pianos and bunk-beds, with from two to five people, with a few single rooms, and three en-suite.

All courses which cater for children include excellent 24-hour pastoral and medical care under the watchful eye of  our highly experienced and qualified Matron, and Ann Hughes-Chamberlain, for whom the Hindhead Music Centre is also her home.

Please note the course fees quoted below are exclusive of accommodation. For residential supplements please click the "Apply Now" links below.

Please click on the artists' names below for biographical details, where available.

Summer music courses in the garden

Attractive setting for holiday music courses
Clarinet holiday course

Piano Course

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THURSDAY 26th July – SUNDAY 29th July 2018

Ability: Grade 7 to post graduate   No. of places: 16 performers & 16 observers
Resident & non-resident

Course Fee: 440 performers, 275 observers

(including all meals)

For those who wish to further their pianistic knowledge and enjoy four days of intensive study with master-classes on technique and repertoire, workshops on improvisation, faculty recitals, and participants' concerts, with particular accent on Brahms and Debussy.

Further information from James Lisney at

Piano masterclass holiday course

Cello Course

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Course Director: WILLIAM BRUCE

Guest artists: to be announced

DANIEL SWAIN (resident pianist)


Ability: Grade 5 to post diploma   Ages: 10 to 21
No. of places: approx. 36    Residents & non-residents

Course fee: 420

This is the 23rd year of this extremely popular course in which five days are packed with Chamber Groups – Master-classes – Technique classes – Concerts – Alexander Technique – Orchestra – Audition techniques for Junior and Senior Conservatoire entry, Guest artist recital


Learn how to make a beautiful tone – play in tune without trying – scales made easy – banish nerves for good – improve your sight-reading instantly, treat the cellist as an athlete avoiding aches and pains in playing, tips for getting those extra marks in grade exams and diplomas from our friendly examiners, and much, much more!

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Cello holiday music course

Music holiday course

Discover Music!

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and others


Ability: None or very little   Age: 6 to 10 years
No. of places: approx. 30  Non-residents only  10.00am–5.00pm.

Course fee: 175

This is a unique opportunity for children to hear, see and try out all the instruments of the orchestra, including harp and piano, so they may choose which they might like to play. It is also for those who have just started, but need a burst of enthusiasm and inspiration.

The children will also learn the beginnings of reading and writing music, recorder playing, choir and orchestra for those who can already play a little. There is plenty of time for swimming in our heated pool, and playing in the glorious gardens. The staff are very experienced with this age group and there is a fully qualified nurse in charge of all pastoral needs.

Holiday music for children

Children's Holiday Music

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and others

for children who play orchestral instruments.

MONDAY 13th – FRIDAY 17th AUGUST 2018

Ability: approx. Grade 2 to 6   Ages: 7 to 12 years
Residents & non-residents

Course fee: 360

Improve your sight-reading beyond belief!

Combining serious music-making with much fun, including orchestra, choir, chamber music groups, wind band, string orchestra, competitions for composition, piano and recorder, participants' concerts, barbecue, treasure hunt, swimming in our heated swimming pool, musical and non-musical games and much, much more!

Children's holiday music course

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