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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! 2019 will be the 39th 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 and further administrative details, 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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MONDAY 29th July to THURSDAY 1st August 2019

Ability: Grade 7 to post graduate   No. of places: 16 performers and 8 observers
Resident & non-resident

Course Fee: 500 performers, 300 observers

Fee includes all meals. Residential supplements extra.

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

Further information from James Lisney at

Piano masterclass holiday course

Discover Music!

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

Course fee: 180

This is the 22nd year of this unique course which introduces every child to all the instruments of the orchestra, strings, wind, brass, percussion, harp and piano.

The children are encouraged to 'have a go' on all the instruments, to help them decide which one they might like to learn to play.

There is an orchestra for those who already play, choir, percussion band, recorder group and the beginnings 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 have an infectious way of passing on their enthusiasm and love of music.

The children also have plenty of time to swim in our heated swimming pool and to play in our glorious gardens.

There is a resident Matron to attend to pastoral and medical needs, life-guard when swimming, and adults supervising the children at all times.

Please bring a packed lunch. We provide morning refreshments and afternoon tea.

Holiday music for children

Children's Holiday Music

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and others

for children who play orchestral instruments.

SUNDAY 18th to THURSDAY 22nd AUGUST 2019

Ability: approx. Grade 2 to 6   Ages: 7 to 12 years
No. of places: 32    Residents & non-residents

Course fee: 360.

Fee includes all meals. Residential supplements extra.

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 pool, musical and non-musical games and much, much more!

Fabulous meals! Glorious six acre garden!

Children's holiday music course

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