Chamber Music Weekend

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Chamber Music Ensemble

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Fri 04Oct
Sun 06Oct

A weekend of chamber music coaching and performance

Facilitator: Rosalind Ventris & Ian Burnside

A weekend of chamber music playing, open to both pre-formed groups and individual players. Coaching will be provided by internationally renowned artists, Rosalind Ventris (viola) and Iain Burnside (piano).

Early Bird places have now sold out – standard priced places are available.

If you would like to book to share room with a friend, please contact Cathy on 01453 759 034 or email

Event time: Fri 4th Oct 2024 at 4:00pm - Sun 6th Oct 2024 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • Chamber Music ensemble playing
  • Performance skills
  • Repertoire expansion
  • Expand your musical knowledge in a beautiful setting with nourishing food

What You Will Gain

  • Performance confidence
  • Technical knowledge
  • Ensemble repertoire knowledge
  • Musical style and interpretation
  • Experience of music from the classical period to the present day

“Burnside’s pianism and musical instincts are second to none, revealing harmonies and connections not hinted at in previous recordings”

-BBC Music Magazine

“a deeply affecting interpretation from Ventris… beautifully performed and recorded”

-Classical Music Magazine

Over the course of the weekend, you will play a variety of chamber music works in mixed instrumental groups, becoming familiar with different repertoire and receive both technical and stylistic coaching and advice. Works will be selected in advance and in consultation with the course tutors, and will be chosen according to the technical skill required, along with experience, musical tastes and interests.

You will learn to play with confidence, improving your ensemble playing, and will receive advice on effective rehearsal techniques and stylistic interpretation along with repertoire insights.

The course is open to pianists, string a wind players at ABRSM Grade 7 standard or above, with good sight-reading skills. Those not it pre-formed groups will be allocated ensembles and repertoire before the course.


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

Mindful walking through our woodland trails
Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£285 Early Bird Non-Residential
£344 Early Bird Residential Shared
£387 Early Bird Residential Single
£335 Non-Residential
£405 Residential Shared
£455 Residential Single


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Non-Residential Deposit
£ 150.00
6 available
Residential Single Deposit
£ 150.00
6 available

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Practical Information

Arrival and registration with tea 4pm; the course starts with supper at 6.30pm. The course ends on Sunday with afternoon tea at 4pm.

Rosalind Ventris

Praised for her ‘beguiling’ and ‘characterful’ playing (Gramophone), Rosalind Ventris leads an international career as a soloist and chamber musician. As a recitalist, she has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Dublin International Chamber Music Festival, Purcell Room, Bozar, Aldeburgh Festival and Het Concertgebouw. As a concerto soloist, she has worked with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, London Mozart Players, and the Belgian National Orchestra. Rosalind frequently performs as part of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective (Associate Ensemble of the Wigmore Hall), and is the violist of flute, viola and harp ensemble Trio Anima.
Rosalind is the Director of Musical Performance and Performance Studies at the University of Oxford, and is a Professor of Viola at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She is also one of the Artistic Directors of the Cowbridge Music Festival in Wales.

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Ian Burnside

Thanks to prolific careers both as pianist and award-winning broadcaster, Iain Burnside is one of the UK’s best-known musicians. Iain has worked with a huge number of international singers, notably Dame Margaret Price, Rosa Feola, Ailish Tynan, Joyce DiDonato, Laurence Brownlee, Roderick Williams, and Bryn Terfel, among many others. He has recorded more than 60 CDs where his curatorial skills are displayed to the full and, as a chamber musician is a founding member of Trio Balthasar, alongside violinist Michael Foyle and cellist Tim Hugh. He has broadcast extensively on both radio and TV, notably as host of BBC R3’s acclaimed Voices series.
In addition to a long association with London’s Guildhall School, Iain is Visiting International Artist at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. He is Artistic Director of the Ludlow English Song Weekend and Artistic Consultant to Grange Park Opera, Surrey.

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