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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! 2015 will be the thirty-fifth 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

Hindhead Flute Course

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Assistant coaches: Nina Robertson, Stephen O'Regan
Resident pianist: Roy Stratford

FRIDAY 17th - WEDNESDAY 22nd July 2015

This short dynamic flute course provides the opportunity to explore the flute repertoire solo, recital and orchestral, and to discuss examination techniques, audition procedures, general technique and physiology of playing

Ability: Grade 6 - post-diploma    Age: 14 - 30 years
No. of places: 25    Resident and non-resident

Course fee: 400

Susan Milan ARCM FRCM held the position of Principal Flute of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has played as soloist and guest Principal of all the major London Orchestras. She is a recording artist and chamber musician, and Professor of the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

Clarinet holiday course

Music Makers

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Sylvia Harper - Oliver Nelson - Stephen O'Regan

and full complement of instrumental tutors

THURSDAY 23rd - SUNDAY 26th July 2015

Ability: approx. Grade 3 - 7    Age: Adult
No. of places: approx. 36    Residents and non-residents

Course fee: 285

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

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TUESDAY  28th July - FRIDAY 31st JULY 2015

Ability: Grade 7 to post diploma   No. of places: 18 performers & 18 observers
Resident & non-resident

Course Fee: 400 performers, 270 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 the music of Russian Music.

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Piano masterclass holiday course

Clarinet & Saxophone Course

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Course directors: PAUL SANDERS & KYLE HORCH

Guest artist: TONY LAMB

ROY STRATFORD resident pianist


Ability: Grade 4 - post-diploma   Age: Adults and children over 12
No. of places: approx. 36     Residents & non-residents

Course fee: 390

Find us on Facebook!  This is the 19th 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!!

Saxophone 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. 40    Residents & non-residents

Course fee: 390

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

Little Cellos (a)

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 9.30 am - 5.30 pm.
One day course for beginners

THURSDAY 13th AUGUST 2015                 

9.30am - 5.30 pm  One day course for beginners

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

Fee for the day: 55

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

Holiday music course for young cellists

Little Cellos (b)

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FRIDAY 14th - MONDAY 17th AUGUST 2015

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

Course fee: 230

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!

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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: 160

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

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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. 40     Residents & non-residents

Course fee: 330

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:   Click for map