Teaching provision is generous and fair with a minimum of three solo lessons and three chamber music coaching sessions. In addition there are string orchestra projects, open piano classes and Lecture Recitals. There are also daily concerts and masterclasses with staff and students, visiting artists, and groups mixing staff and students.
The course is flexible and can allow students in pre-formed groups to focus entirely on chamber music or a student to work exclusively on solo repertoire. Other chamber groups are formed before the course to allow students time to prepare parts, and younger pianists attending their first-ever course may prepare a piano duet movement. Groups and partnerships can evolve flexibly during the week and the coaching timetable is arranged in two-day cycles by mutual consent. In the evening there is often the opportunity to read through chamber music informally.
Family members are invited to a closing concert on the final morning. Everyone should, where possible, arrive during the afternoon of Monday the 17th of July and depart after lunch on Monday the 24th of July. The school provide full board and bedding, but please bring a towel.
Over the years social activities have included table tennis tournaments, swimming, model helicopter displays, ceilidhs, tai chi and a cabaret evening.
The course is held from the 16th-23rd of July 2022 in the Purcell School in Bushey, Herts (North London). Facilities for music are exceptional; there are many Steinway and Fazioli grand pianos and each piano student will have a Yamaha U3 in their bedroom.
The Purcell School,Aldenham Road,
By car: very close to Junction 5 of the M1.
By rail: Take the train to Watford Junction and either walk or take a £5 taxi to the school.
By air: From Heathrow, Stanstead or Gatwick travel into London Euston Station and then take an overland train to Watford Junction.
From Luton, you can get a train to Elstree and Boreham Station and then take a taxi to the school which is around £25.