Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists





Chetham's School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester, United Kingdom

+44 (0)1625 266899

North-West England

2018 fees [2019 fees to follow]

Resident options (Includes full board, one course of lessons and workshops, lectures & tickets to all concerts)                    

  • 25 & under – £645    
  • 26 & over (single en-suite room) – £775    
  • Duet Course 25 & under – £580
  • Duet Course 26 & over – £665   

Special offer (book both parts for the following reductions)

  • 25 & under both weeks – £1185 
  • 26 & over both weeks – £1370    
  • Observer 25 & under – £510
  • Observer 26 & over – £615

Non-resident options (includes one course of lessons and workshops, lectures & tickets to all concerts)

  • 25 & under – £405
  • 26 & over – £499

Additional prices

  • Weekly observer  (from 9am – 6pm daily) – £250
  • Weekly observer (includes tickets for all evening recitals) – £299
  • Daily Observer – please state which day/s (includes meals & evening all evening recitals) – £75
  • Additional Course/s – £210  per course
  • 1 extra hour tuition – £75
  • 2 extra hours’ tuition – £145
  • 3 extra hours’ tuition – £210
  • Alexander technique class – £11            
  • Alexander individual lesson – £29
  • Dalcroze Eurythmics – £11                   
  • Trial Harpsichord lesson – £75
  • Trial Organ lesson – £75
  • Sightreading course – 3 x 30 mins lessons – £110       
  • 5×30 mins lessons – £180

* NEW *  Kodály for pianists

  • 1 x 30 mins individual lesson – £20   
  • 2 x 30 mins individual lesson – £40
  • 3 x 30 mins individual lesson – £60
  • 4 x 30 minutes individual lesson – £80      
  • 5 x 30 minutes individual lesson – £100

* NEW * Contemporary piano course 

  • 1 hr individual lesson – £75                 
  • 2hr individual lesson – £145                     
  • 3 hr individual lesson – £210

* NEW * English as a foreign language course

  • 5 x 1 hr group lessons – £110

Video recording (subject to availability):

  • up to 20 mins – £40              
  • up to 30 mins – £50           
  • up to 40 mins – £60 

Trinity Exam options:

  • Advanced Certificate (solo) – £103
  • Advanced Certificate (duet) – £154

ATCL £240     LTCL £340      FTCL £484.50

Secure on-site carparking £18 per day


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Booking opens January 2019.

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[2018 faculties. 2019 to be announced.]

Week One

  • Gemma Beeson
  • Simon  Bottomley
  • Graham Caskie
  • Bobby Chen
  • Hilary Coates
  • Christopher Elton
  • Douglas Finch
  • Norma Fisher
  • Nikita Fitenko
  • Philip Fowke
  • Peter Frankl
  • Duncan Glenday
  • Harry Harris
  • Alison Havard
  • Leslie Howard
  • Marta Karbownicka
  • Helen Krizos
  • Megumi Masaki
  • Leon McCawley
  • Murray McLachlan
  • John McLeod
  • Margaret Murray Mcleod
  • Pascal Nemirovski
  • Dina Parakhina
  • Martyn Parkes
  • Emma-Ruth Richards
  • Einar-Steen Nokleberg
  • Claudius Tanski
  • Seta Tanyel
  • Charlotte Turner
  • Ashley Wass
  • Gavin Wayte
  • William Westney
  • Katerina Zaitseva

Week Two

  • Steve Berry
  • Susan Bettaney
  • Ronald Brautigan
  • James Brawn
  • Les Chisnall
  • Marcella Crudelli
  • Hazel Fanning
  • Alicja Fiderkiewicz
  • Margaret Fingerhut
  • Ben Frith
  • Duncan Glenday
  • Carlo Grante
  • Thomas Hecht
  • Eugen Indjic
  • Paul Janes
  • Piers Lane
  • Peter Lawson
  • BingBing Li
  • Philip Martin
  • Murray McLachlan
  • Jonathan Middleton
  • Tessa Nicholson       
  • Artur Pizarro
  • Martin Roscoe
  • Sandro Russo
  • Graham Scott
  • Ory Shihor
  • Christopher Stokes
  • Mark Tanner
  • Marie-Louise Taylor
  • Vladimir Tropp
  • Gavin Wayte
  • Jeremy Young
  • Ting Zhou

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Event Description

The Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists is a source of inspiration, fun, insight and focus for everyone who enjoys the piano and piano-playing.

Now in its nineeenth year, it continues to grow and develop as a ‘piano republic of equals’. There is no elitism on the course, though everyone is extremely serious about piano playing.

There is no other Summer school that manages to cater for the universal: Adult amateurs, promising children, and observers are as welcome on the course as concert pianists, international young artists preparing for top competitions, and professional music teachers.

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Chetham's School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB

+44 (0)161 834 9644

About the organiser

Chetham's is the largest specialist music school in the UK and the only one in the North of England. Originally established as a charity school in 1653, it became a co-educational, specialist music school in 1969 and over the last 50 years has established itself as a central part of music education in the UK.

Chetham’s students learn and play in a state-of-the-art New School building, opened in 2012 to provide acoustically designed practice rooms, performance spaces and rehearsal rooms. A full programme of performances takes place in school and across the region, with senior ensembles travelling regularly to London and overseas.

A new, professional concert hall, The Stoller Hall, will further enhance the School’s place in Manchester’s cultural community, bringing international artists to perform at Chetham’s and providing a performance space to match the superb standards of playing by our School’s young musicians.

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