Summer Academy for String Musicians

Academy 2016

Summer strings in sunny Seillans – play with the professionals!

Thursday 27 July – Saturday 5 August 2017

Residential summer school for advanced string players situated in the exquisite hilltop village of Seillans in the South of France (1hr from Nice)

Levon Chilingirian & Susie Mészáros, members of the celebrated Chilingirian String Quartet and professors at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the Guildhall and the Royal Northern College of Music, will be joined by Jane Hyland, former principal cellist of the BBC Symphony and BBC Welsh Orchestras, to give masterclasses, chamber music coaching and orchestral training.The course will culminate in two concerts: one showcasing the students’ chamber, solo and ensemble work and the other playing next to a a professional player in the Festival Orchestra conducted by James Lowe.

With a maximum of 12 students in the group, the MC Academy is much more intimate that many summer courses, with each participant receiving a huge amount of attention from their individual instrument tutor as well as chamber and orchestral training together.

Hosted in a Provençal family residence, students enjoy eight days of intensive tuition with free time for swimming & relaxing.. The Academy are encouraged to attend evening concerts in the region’s spectacular chapels and churches followed by al fresco dinners with the Festival musicians and team.
Minimum age: 15, ABRSM Grade 8+ (or equivalent)

Read about the 2017 tutors

Academy Flyer

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Key dates

  • Thursday 27 July – arrival and welcome dinner
  • Friday 28 July – Friday 4 August – Daily schedule as below
  • Thursday 3 August – Academy students strings concert
  • Friday 4 August – Academy students play with orchestra in evening concert
  • Saturday 5 August – Academy ends, students depart

2014 violin student with Artistic Director Pippa Pawlik

Typical day

  • 8:00 – 9:30 Breakfast & private practice
  • 9:30 – 12:30 Classes
  • 12:30 – 15:00 Lunch & free time
  • 15:00 – 17:00 Classes
  • 17:00 – 18:00 Free time / private practice
  • 19:00 Concert
  • 21:00 Dinner

Application requirements

  • Initial expression of interest – please email or call us +44 (0) 7976 301443
  • A completed application form
  • A short video of your playing
  • A 50€ deposit (payable within 7 seven days of submitting your application and returnable before 30 April 2017 or if we do not offer you a place in the 2017 Academy)

Fees 2017

Residential: 980€ (or GBP equivalent)
Non-residential: 730 € (or GBP equivalent)

  • Participation (tuition, lunch, dinner, concert tickets, membership & deposit): 730 €
  • Accommodation (9 nights, breakfast, daily local transport including transfer to and from Nice airport or Draguignan Les Arcs train station): 250€

Not included: Flights/train travel and compulsory instrument, travel and health insurance

Apply now!

Payment methods 

A deposit of 50 € euros or £50 GBP is payable within 7 days of submitting your application. Once your application is accepted, you can make the full payment on the website via PayPal, by bank transfer/virement or by cheque: we will send you an invoice first.

UK bank transfer / online banking
Account name: Musique Cordiale Services Ltd
Sort code: 23-18-84
Account number: 13311366
Reference: if possible, please include your name, ‘Academy’ and the invoice number if applicable

Online banking / bank transfer in euros €*
Titulaire:Musique Cordiale
Adresse: 217, Chemin des Moulins, 83440 Seillans, France
Banque: HSBC France
IBAN: FR76 3005 6002 4802 4800 0709 222

Made payable to ‘Musique Cordiale’ and posted to:
Musique Cordiale, Norfolk Cottage, The Street, Newnham, Kent, ME9 0LL

Card payment online (click blue button below to pay initial deposit only – in GB pounds)


PayPal (euros – initial deposits or balance due on invoice)
Please use the form below

Deposit + Balance payable

Terms & Conditions
Academy fees are non reimbursable unless we cancel the Academy or we announce significant changes to the offer. We therefore insist on students being fully insured against illness, accident or cancellation from the time that their final payment becomes due.
Please also read the full Terms & Conditions for participants in the 2017 Festival or Academy before submitting your application.