Cello courses

C E L L O   E V E N T S  &  C O U R S E S

Welcome to our Cello Events and Courses page, for an insight into some of the wonderful experiences available to cellists this year.  If you are running a course or event and would like to publish details here, just email up to 250 words to us and we’ll publish the material here.


International Summer School 16-28 July 2018

The International Summer Music School UK organised by Encore Music Projects. Following on from the hugely successful courses in previous years, we are delighted that our summer school will again take place in the beautiful and historic setting of Wells Cathedral Specialist Music School, internationally renowned for attracting many of the most gifted young musicians from around the world to study at the school.

Encore Music Projects International Summer School was founded in 2013 by pianist Olena Shvetsova and her cellist husband Richard May to create a summer programme in the exclusive setting of a UK Specialist Music School. The course is for piano, strings, guitar, composition, voice, and chamber ensembles, and is especially designed for intermediate and advanced students.


Summer Cello Masterclasses with Hannah Roberts
and Leandro Silvera

16 – 21 July 2018

Malvern College
Worcestershire, England

A unique opportunity to study with one of Europe’s most renowned cellists,
this residential course set in the stunning and inspiring setting of the Malvern Hills
Bursaries available
Please visit our website to find out more:



London Masterclasses Summer Master Course 2018 (with Hannah Roberts)

22nd to 29th July

Our 2018 Course will offer a week of stimulating and exciting public master classes and concerts for voice, violin, cello, piano and conducting in Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music from 22nd to 29th July 2018, with evening concerts and a presentation by Maestro Benjamin Zander.

Cello Class with Hannah Roberts
23 – 29 July 2018

Royal Northern College of Music
124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD




Week 1
Wednesday 11 July – Wednesday 18 July
for intermediate up to advanced level cellists

Week 2
Saturday 21 July – Saturday 28 July
for advanced cellists

Cellos at Belle Serre is an international cello course based in the south of France, hosted by Lowri Blake. The courses are open to players of all ages and abilities – amateur, students and professionals – all linked by their passion for cello-playing.  Cellos at Belle Serre offers intensive tuition in a holiday setting. It is ideal for all cellists looking to immerse themselves in cello-playing in a friendly, informal atmosphere.

This year, two week-long summer courses are being held in July. These are cello-holidays where you will be surrounded by cello enthusiasts, and have the opportunity to develop your solo skills and ensemble playing.

In addition, Belle Serre is open all year round to individuals, duos and chamber music groups, looking to spend a few days of intensive coaching with Lowri Blake.

Feel free to browse the site for further information, and check out the blog for recent updates.



The Aboyne Cello Festival, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

29th July – 5th August 2018

If you love cellos, you’ll love Aboyne Cello Festival! This is an inspiring and supportive cello course in wonderful surroundings which will help develop and enhance every individual’s playing, whatever level.  We have core of conservatoire students, but also teenagers, professonals and adult amateurs grade 6 and above, and even some grass roots coaching for youngsters.  It attracts participants from all over the UK and abroad (we have had participants from Denmark, Germany, South Africa, United States and the Middle East) and offers cello orchestra and chamber music with a intensive schedule of masterclasses with plenty of individual attention from international cellists Philip Higham, Rebecca Gilliver, Kim Vaughan and James Halsey. There will also be six fantastic public concerts by the tutors and guests, The Aboyne Young Artist and participants culminating in the Giant Cello Ensemble in specially arranged works which have in the past included famous cello concerti, The Nutcracker Suite, Brahms’ Academic Festival and Rossini’s William Tell Overtures, Pirates of the Caribbean etc…

Accommodation for students is hosted by local families, and this friendly Scottish hospitality in beautiful surroundings adds to the enjoyment and sense of community on the course.  There will also be sessions by Educational Kinesiologist, Linda Cunningham, focussing on brain performance and nerves during the course.  The maximum cost is £490 for the week.

Please have a look at the website, www.aboynecellos.co.uk, for lots more details about the course and on line application.



Sunday 5 August – Saturday 11 August 2018

Explore string chamber music repertoire with guidance from excellent tutors. You will be immersed in music making but also have time to relax in this idyllic retreat in SW France.

Tutors: Paul Barritt and Josephine Horder

We are delighted to welcome Paul Barritt and Josephine Horder to Cubertou in 2018. Both have highly distinguished performing careers and also enjoy coaching amateurs. As well as being a concert cellist Josephine is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and we are very pleased to be able to include daily Feldenkrais sessions with this course.


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9th to 16th August 2018

Chamber music and masterclasses in beautiful French countryside at La Mariette,
Parçay-sur-Vienne Indre-et-Loire France

Tutors: Gillian Thoday (cello)  Margaret Edis (Alexander Technique)

This week long course offers intensive, advanced tuition from highly respected cello tutor Gillian Thoday, integrated with Alexander Technique instruction from Margaret Edis, who specialises in working with musicians. The course will include individual tuition, masterclasses and ensemble work, with a resident accompanist available.

We also organise outings to Chinon, other local chateaux, and markets, so that there is always plenty to see and do. Concerts are held in the nearby 12th century church and in the barn.
The aim of all La Mariette courses is for every participant to have fun, work hard, and to leave with a feeling of having made real personal progress, with new repertoire or old.

Who Should Attend?  The course is for advanced cellists and a minimum of grade 8 distinction is required. The course will be small in order to allow detailed and individual instruction. We intend to take 8 – 10 cellists.




24-31 August 2018

Tereglio, Tuscany, Italy

Tutors: Raphael Wallfisch and Roel Dieltiens
Course Director: Sebastian Comberti