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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! 2017 will be the thirty-sixth 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

Clarinet and saxophone holiday music course
Attractive setting for holiday music courses

Piano Course

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MONDAY 24th July - THURSDAY 27th July 2017

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

Course Fee: 420 performers, 275 observers


For the advanced student, teacher and competent amateur, 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 participant's concerts, with special accent on music of Beethoven and Grieg.

Further information from James Lisney at

Piano masterclass holiday course

Cello Course

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Course Director: WILLIAM BRUCE

Guest artists: JO COLE,  JOY LISNEY

DANIEL SWAIN resident pianist


Ability: Grade 5 - Diploma   Ages: 12 - 21
No. of places: approx. 36    Residents & non-residents

Course fee: 410

In addition to our wonderful faculty of teachers we are delighted to welcome Jo Cole, who is Head of Strings at the Royal Academy of Music

What We Do: Masterclasses, recitals, chamber groups and a mass cello orchestra; workshops and classes covering - Three simple ingredients to produce a beautiful tone, How to Play in Tune without trying, Improve your sight reading INSTANTLY, Easy Techniques for Nonchalant Left Hand Shifting, Better results from LESS practicing, Ahhhhh - Bach!, Technique Accelerator Classes, Getting those extra marks in exams (tips from three friendly examiners), Less practice for better results, Scales practising techniques, Banish nerves for good, Releasing the power of the brain as a tool, Subliminal Cello Practice, Masterclasses, Individual  lessons, Alexander Technique classes, Audition techniques for Junior and Senior Conservatoire entry, The Cellist as an Athlete - how to avoid aches and pains in playing, individual lessons.  And much more...

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Cello holiday music course

Saxophone holiday course

Discover Music!

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and others


Ability: None or very little   Age: 6 to 10 years
No. of places: approx. 36     Non-residents only

Course fee: 175

This is the 21st year of this unique course, which introduces every child to strings, wind, brass, percussion, harp and piano.  They are encouraged to "have a go" at all the instruments to help them to decide which they may like to learn to play. There are choirs, orchestra for those who already play, percussion band, recorder groups and the beginning of learning to read and write music. Music is introduced in a fun and caring way. The staff are dedicated and very experienced with this age group, and all have an infectious way of passing on their own enthusiasm and love of music.

Holiday music for children

Children's Holiday Music

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and others

for children who play orchestral instruments.


Ability: approx. Grade 2 - 7   Ages: 6 - 12 years
No. of places: approx. 36     Residents & non-residents

Course fee: 350

Five days of music-making and fun, with orchestras, chamber-music, choirs, ensembles, concerts, composition, piano and recorder competitions, and still plenty of time for  musical and non-musical games, swimming, barbecue, treasure hunt and much more, in all combining to make a unique musical  holiday.

Music begins at 9.30am. Each day is divided into 6 or 7 sessions of 45/60 minutes, ending at about 8.00pm. after the final event after supper.

The course is for residents and non-residents.Those who choose to stay (which is by far the majority) sleep in rooms with 3,4 or 5 beds and almost every room has a grand piano (as they are the teaching rooms during term-time).

The course is ideal for children sleeping away from home for the first time, as there is a very friendly, happy, homely atmosphere, this being the beautiful home of Ann Hughes-Chamberlain, the founder and principal of the Hindhead Music Centre.

All meals are home-cooked by our own chef and we have a resident qualified matron on duty at all times to care for medical and pastoral needs.

We have dozens of letters from children over the years, saying it was the best holiday of their lives, and from parents saying their children's musical prowess had progressed vastly over the few days of music-making at Hindhead.

Children's holiday music course

Clarinet holiday course

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