Chamber Music Summer School

In 2021 the Summer School will be from the 5th to the 8th of August 2021. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL.

 But please do have a look at our Other courses instead.

A small, friendly and relaxed course for adult amateur string players of any level. A maximum of 16 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.

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, 2019

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

I can’t think of a better way for a chamber musician to spend a few days in Wales or anywhere than going to Nantwen.  Daniel and the tutors/coaches do a fantastic job selecting music, making the workshop welcoming and friendly to musicians of all levels, and working with the groups. The combination of ensemble time, group play, and free time is well balanced, giving each person (and group) time and space to learn and grow. I’ve gone three times and can’t wait to go again – it’s the highlight of my summer. Kalpana 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

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. A unique and popular feature of the course is that the tutor plays alongside the participants as a member of the ensemble.

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.

The course is hosted by Jemma & Daniel Slade-Davies and is led by a team of  enthusiastic professional musicians who trained at the highest level in the UK’s leading conservatoires and work with some of the UK’s leading orchestras and ensembles and teach at some of the UK’s leading Music Colleges. We also host our annual summer concert during the course a much sought after musical  event in West Wales.

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 12pm on Sunday. View an example course schedule here.

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. You can apply on the form below.

Please describe your standard, ability and experience as honestly as you can.
(please list any pieces you would like to play or any composers you like. We cannot guarantee these choices but will keep them in mind when planning the course programme)
By making an application to the chamber music summer school you agree to and are bound by these terms and conditions. Please ensure you take out suitable instrument insurance and personal accident insurance as we do not take responsibility for any loss or damage to persons or property. Nantwen is a strictly no smoking site except in the designated area. You also agree to us keeping your personal details from now until after the summer school, for the purposes of communicating with you about the summer school. The cost of the Summer School is £385 (including all tutoring, meals and a ticket to our annual summer concert). To secure your place we ask for a payment of £100. If you withdraw your place before 8 weeks of the summer school, we will refund your payment minus an administration charge of £50. Applications withdrawn within 8 weeks of the summer school are only refundable if we can rebook your place.
Please let us know if you would like to have an accommodation list or would like to book Camping at Nantwen.


Family members and non course visitors are welcome to attend the course as observers free of charge. However there is an additional charge if they would like to join the course for lunch or dinner.

Please get in touch if you have any questions. or 01239820768