Summer School 2019

Chamber Music Summer School

We have two courses at Nantwen this year. The first course from the 8th until the 11th of August 2019 is now full. Our Come and Play day is on Sunday the 11th of August.
We still have vacancies for all instruments on our second course from the 15th until the 18th of August. It follows the same format described below but does not have a summer concert. Click here for more

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. 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

Although I could ‘hardly hold the bow ‘ I was made to feel most welcome and
thoroughly enjoyed being part of the orchestra . Daniel provided music, Fran
provided encouragement and my thanks go to the very helpful student on my
left who provided pointers as to where we were on the score ! Would I do it
again ? Oh YES !!!  Lynette Come and Play Day 2018

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



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  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 £365. 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.

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 01239820768 or to book just complete the form below and pay the deposit of £100 alternaively  You can  download our application form and send it to us with your deposit of £100. The balance will be due on the 1st of June 2019.

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 £365 (including all tutoring and meals. If you withdraw your place before 8 weeks of the summer school, we will refund your fees 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.