Summer School 2018

Chamber Music Summer School

The 2018 summer school has now passed. The 2019 course will run from the 8th until the 11th of August 2019.

A small, friendly and relaxed course for adult amateur string players of any level. A maximum of 14 participants play alongside our excellent tutors in quartets, trios, & quintets. During the course you work intensively on a piece with the option to perform it informally on the final morning of our chamber music summer school. The course ends with a big come and play day exploring some pieces for string orchestra.

Course Tutor: Francesca Barritt



Some course testimonials:

The location was beautiful, a perfect setting for music making. Our tutor Fran was great –  full of encouragement, enthusiasm and useful tips for improvement. Jemma’s home cooked food was delicious. I’m looking forward to coming again next year.

Michelle 2017, 2018

What luxury to be able to play wonderful chamber music in beautiful surroundings and to be sustained by delicious meals at regular intervals. Jemma and Daniel have created a delightful venue for music making at Nantwen, and our playing was guided and encouraged by experienced tutors.

Ruth 2017



It was an absolute pleasure being on the course this year and thanks for including me at relatively short notice, and for your wonderful hospitality and cooking. I loved the interesting mix of people on the course, from all walks of life, keen amateurs to professional musicians, and the encouraging and friendly atmosphere created by the tutors, all set in beautiful countryside and with Jemma’s home cooking. Patricia was a great tutor, and it was a privilege to have her as part of our sextet. The OAE concert was extremely special, and inspiring.

Jonathan 2017

Course lunches on Sunny Days

The essence of the chamber music summer school is to play music in a relaxed and informal setting and with lovely people, great food and great music.

Suitable for  players  of Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass of any age (18-118) and any level (participants range from beginners to professional level) this three and a half day course is your opportunity to experience playing some of the finest chamber music written for your instruments. You can apply to the course as an individual or as a preformed group. Nantwen  is an award winning cottage with a rustic hall and wildlife rich grounds.

The course is hosted by Jemma & Daniel Slade-Davies and is led by a team of young enthusiastic professional musicians who trained at the highest level in the UK’s leading conservatoires. Find out more here.

We do not provide accommodation but can put you in touch with local places to stay. You can also camp at Nantwen for an additional charge of £25 per night (inclusive of a simple continental breakfast), for more information please just ask.

The course runs from 10.30 on Thursday to 2pm on Sunday.

How to book…

The cost of the course is £385. This includes all tutoring and meals. All music is provided. We can put you in touch with various places to stay or you can camp at Nantwen. During the course we also have our annual summer concert. Our previous concerts have included The OAE and The Gildas Quartet and a ticket to the concert is included in your course fee.

Family members and non course visitors are welcome to attend the course as observers free of charge .

Please get in touch if you have any questions. or 01239821139 or to book just download our application form and send it to us with your deposit of £100 or full payment of £385