Find us on Facebook
   Home  ·  Social Music  ·  Adults  ·  Children  ·  Summer Courses  ·  Concerts  ·  Calendar  ·  News  ·  About Us  ·  Contact Us

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! 2014 will be the thirty-forth 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 Pauline Wilcox, our highly experienced and qualified SRN, 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

Music Makers

Apply now

JO HUGHES-CHAMBERLAIN
ROY STRATFORD

Sylvia Harper - Oliver Nelson - Stephen O'Regan

and full complement of instrumental tutors

THURSDAY 24th - SUNDAY 27th  July 2014

Ability: approx. Grade 2 - 6    Age: Adult     No. of places: approx. 36

Course fee: 280    Residents and non-residents

Music-making with chamber groups, orchestras, concerts, workshops, technique classes, choirs for those who enjoy singing, discussions on various aspects of musical performance, and an opportunity to meet and play with others of similar standard and interest.


Clarinet and saxophone holiday music course

Piano Course

Apply now

JAMES LISNEY, SIMON NICHOLLS

WEDNESDAY  30th July - SATURDAY 2nd AUGUST 2014

Ability: Grade 7 to post diploma   No. of places: 18 performers & 18 observers

Course Fee: 395 performers, 270 observers   Resident & non-resident

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 the music of Beethoven

Further information from James Lisney at info@jameslisney.com


Piano masterclass holiday course

Clarinet & Saxophone Course

Apply now

Course directors: PAUL SANDERS & KYLE HORCH

Guest artist: TONY LAMB

VICTORIA MEDCALF
ALAN ANDREWS
ALISTAIR PARNELL
ROY STRATFORD resident pianist

SUNDAY 3rd AUGUST - THURSDAY 7th AUGUST 2014

Ability: Grade 4 - post-diploma   Age: Adults and children over 12

No. of places: approx. 36   Course fee: 385  Residents & non-residents

Find us on Facebook!  This is the 18th year of this extremely popular course, which has built up an enthusiastic following of instrumentalists.  Participants can be sure of an intensive but inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable learning experience, rehearsing and performing in chamber groups and clarinet and/or saxophone choirs under the guidance of our excellent coaches, developing both instrumental technique and general musicianship.  A limited number of free individual lessons are available on request. Technique classes are held daily and there are opportunities to play in master-classes and informal concerts.  Following previous years' highly successful presentations, if you have one, bring your EWI!!


Clarinet holiday course

Saxophone holiday course

Cello Course

Apply now

Course Director: WILLIAM BRUCE

Guest artists: JO COLE,  JOY LISNEY

JEREMY HUGHES
CAREY BETH HOCKETT
TIM WELLS
DANIEL SWAIN resident pianist
EMMA HUGHES Choir

FRIDAY 8th - TUESDAY 12th AUGUST 2014

Ability: Grade 5 - Diploma   Ages: 12 - 21   No. of places: approx. 40

Course fee: 385   Residents and non-residents

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...

Feedback comment  "You've tried the rest, now try the best!"

Find us on Facebook!


Cello holiday music course

Little Cellos (a)

Apply now

Course director: JO HUGHES-CHAMBERLAIN

 9.30 am - 5.30 pm.
One day course for beginners

THURSDAY 14th AUGUST 2014                 

9.30am - 5.30 pm  One day course for beginners

Ages: 6 - 12 years   No. of places: 20

Fee for the day: 50

A wonderful day of music-making for cellists who have not yet taken Grade 2


Holiday music course for young cellists

Little Cellos (b)

Apply now

Course director: JO HUGHES-CHAMBERLAIN
with JOY LISNEY

FRIDAY 15th - MONDAY 18th AUGUST 2014

Ability: Grade 2** - 8   Ages: 7 - 11 years   No. of places: 24

Course fee: 225   Residents & non-residents

Over the past ten years this has proved to be an inspiring course for young cellists. Each day is packed with music-making with cello orchestra, ensembles, tuition, concerts, etc.. combined with a fun holiday of games, swimming and much more.

** Having taken Grade 2 i.e. competent in 4th position and extension.


Discover Music!

Apply now

ANN HUGHES-CHAMBERLAIN
JO HUGHES-CHAMBERLAIN
and others

TUESDAY 19th - THURSDAY 21st AUGUST

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

Course fee: 155   Non-residents only

This is the 16th 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

Apply now

JO HUGHES-CHAMBERLAIN
JENNY DALE
OLIVER NELSON
and others

for children who play orchestral instruments.

SATURDAY 23rd - WEDNESDAY 27th AUGUST

Ability: approx. Grade 2 - 7   Ages: 6 - 12 years   No. of places: approx. 40

Course fee: 320   Residents and non-residents

Combining serious music-making with much fun, with orchestras, choirs, chamber-music, ensembles, concerts, competitions for piano, recorder and composition, barbecue, treasure hunt, swimming, musical and non-musical games and much more!


Children's holiday music course

Hindhead Music Centre, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6BA.   Tel: (01428) 604941.   Email: info@hindheadmusiccentre.co.uk   Click for map