Summer Orchestra Academy

Academy 2016

Summer strings in sunny Seillans (Summer 2019 now closed for new bookings)

– inviting young talent to learn with experienced teachers and to play with orchestra professionals!

: 7-18 August 2019 – applications now closed

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 again be joined this year by Jane Hyland, former principal cellist of the BBC Symphony and BBC Welsh Orchestras, to give masterclasses, chamber music coaching and orchestral training (and piano accompanist Philip Saudek). The course will culminate in two concerts: one showcasing the students’ chamber, solo and ensemble work and the other playing next to a professional player in a Festival Orchestra concert, conducted by James Lowe.

With a maximum 12 students in the group, the MC Academy is much more intimate than 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 students are encouraged to attend evening Festival 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 2018 tutors

Please return the completed form by email to or by post to the address below by 15 April 2019 – but please contact us informally as early as possible to express an interest and explore funding possibilities.

Key dates 2018

  • Thursday 26 July – arrival and welcome dinner
  • Friday 27 July – Friday 4 August – Daily schedule as below
  • Thursday 2 August – Academy students strings concert
  • Friday 3 August – Academy students play with orchestra in evening concert
  • Saturday 4 August – Academy ends, students depart

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 contact – or call us +44 (0) 7976 301443
  • A completed Academy student application form
  • A short video of your playing
  • A 50€ or £50 deposit (payable within 7 seven days of submitting your application and returnable before 15 April or if we do not offer you a place in the Academy)
  • a separate Bursary application, if appropriate (see below)

Fees 2018

Residential: 980€ (or GBP equivalent) – some bursaries available
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

Aux personnes venant de Provence, PACA :

The Musique-Cordiale Trust, notre fondation caritative du Royaume-Uni, fournit habituellement une bourse exclusivement pour les jeunes étudiants musiciens de PACA afin qu’ils assistent GRATUITEMENT à l’Académie Musique-Cordiale.

To other students from Europe

The full amount payable is 980€ plus the cost of travel to Seillans (or a nearby airport or station). However, The Musique-Cordiale Trust, our independent UK charity, does offer a limited number of BURSARIES including the above 100% bursary for a student from the Provence region and other bursaries (stipends) for students currently resident or born in European (Council of Europe not just EU) countries. We ask only for an application and initial deposit of 50€ (returnable if not accepted or if a required bursary is not approved). If required, there is then a separate bursary application that needs to be completed **
We do seek a balance of paying and bursaried (partial or full) students for the Academy to be viable; but we welcome initial contacts from anyone who is interested (students, parents, teachers or sponsors). In recent years,  we have allocated 1 or 2 full bursaries  PLUS 3 or 4 partial bursaries. So at least half of our students have not had to pay full fees. However, we do need to encourage students to look for funding from other sources (e.g. competitions, local charities, their schools and conservatoires in addition to family members) as well as seeking support from our charity. We encourage applicants to contact us informally in the first instance so that we can all do our best to find ways in which you can participate affordably, according to your ability, potential and situation.

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: 23-14-70            Account number: 11003522
Bank address: TransferWise, 56 Shoreditch High Street London E1 6JJ UK
Reference: academy 2018 / any invoice number

Online banking / bank transfer in euros €*
IBAN:      DE88 7001 1110 6050 0151 63
Account Holder name:     TW Musique-Cordiale Services Ltd.
Bank address:  Deutsche Handelsbank Südliche Münchner Str. 2 Grünwald 82031 Deutschland
Our address:    Musique-Cordiale, Norfolk Cottage, The Street, NEWNHAM, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0LL, GB
Bank code (SWIFT / BIC):    DEKTDE7GXXX
Reference: academy 2018/ any invoice number

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

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

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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 2018 Festival or Academy before submitting your application. (see also Musique-Cordiale Trust: bursaries & grants  – on separate web-site).


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