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British Isles Music Festival


Aug 06 - 15 2022


11:00 - 10:00

British Isles Music Festival 2022

About the British Isles Music Festival

The British Isles Music Festival is a residential masterclass and chamber music course attracting exceptionally gifted high school and conservatory students from around the world, as well as young professionals. 

The aim of the festival is to give young musicians intensive coaching, invaluable performance experience and the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of solo and chamber music repertoire.

The team of professors are experienced performers and teachers in the top conservatories in UK and Europe. Students have classes every day with their professors for their chosen repertoire and technical advice and receive chamber music coaching from various professors in preparation for the chamber music concerts, some of which are open to the general public.

Who comes

  • International young musicians from music schools and conservatories
  • International young musicians on the brink and at the beginning of their careers
  • Experienced professors and teachers from UK and Europe
  • Experienced resident pianists and Baroque specialists

The level of playing expected by the festival is conservatory and young professional. Most applicants already have some experience performing solo and chamber music and are aspiring to become, or are already, professional musicians.

Musicians may apply individually or come as a ready-formed group. The lower age limit is 18 and the upper age limit is 32.   We can accept under 16’s, but they will not be able to stay on campus this year.


  • The art of listening – chamber music
  • Concert experience for young performers
  • Musical collaboration and communication
  • Technical and musical advancement

Elements of the Festival programme

  • Daily masterclasses/tuition with established professionals
  • Chamber music coaching
  • Formal and informal daily young musicians concerts
  • Excellent environment and facilities for personal practice


To offer the participants:

  • Technical and interpretative help from established professionals
  • In-depth analysis and interpretation of major works
  • Performance experience of complete major chamber works
  • Exploration and performance of unusual repertoire
  • A broader knowledge of works for wind, strings, harpsichord and piano
  • Increasing confidence in performance

Additional benefits

  • Meeting and performing with young musicians from different countries
  • Connecting with professors from major conservatories in the UK and Europe

Festival environment

  • Large public school surrounded by beautiful countryside
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Easy access to London


In 2019, 60 musicians attended from 25 countries and we programmed more than 130 works.

  • The concert repertoire for the main Concerts Series will be determined by applicants’ choices and the constellation of musicians who take part in the festival.
  • The Director contacts all applicants well in advance to discuss concert repertoire, allowing preparation time.
  • There will be four concerts each day for students to perform in, including:  1. 00 Lunchtime Informal Concerts in the Llewellyn Room, in which students apply to perform during the festival, 4.00 Afternoon Baroque Concerts, 6.O’Clock Duo Concerts in the Llewellyn Room and 8 O’Clock Concerts in the Chapel.
  • Some concerts are video-recorded professionally.

Faculty: Professors

Flute: Susan Milan

Former Principal flute of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Chamber musician and recording artists. Member of the London Chamber Music Groups, Debussy Ensemble and Instrumental Quintet of London. Professor of Flute, Royal College of Music, London. Adjunct Professor of Flute Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Founder and Director of the British Isles Music Festival.

Clarinet: Mark Van de Wiel

Mark van de Wiel is established as one of Britain’s leading and most versatile clarinettists. Mark was appointed principal clarinettist with Welsh National Opera and subsequently with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. He joined the Philharmonia as principal clarinet in 2000, and the London Sinfonietta in 2002. He is also principal with the London Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the Endymion Ensemble and Professor of Clarinet, Royal Academy of Music, London.

Oboe: John Anderson

Principal Oboe of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and guest Principal with major UK orchestras, soloist, recording artist and chamber musician. John Anderson gives master classes worldwide and is a Fellow and Professor of the Royal College of Music, London.

Horn: Timothy Jones

Timothy Jones is Principal Horn of the London Symphony Orchestra and Professor of the Royal College of Music London. He has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the UK and abroad, including the Munich Philharmonic and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and is much sought after as a chamber musician.

Bassoon: Martin Gatt

Martin Gatt studied at the Royal College of Music with Archie Camden and was principal bassoon of the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 1958-66, of the English Chamber Orchestra from 1966-76, and of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1977-98. He taught at Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1967-84. He is currently Professor of Bassoon at the Royal College of Music, London.

Violin: Philippe Honoré

Philippe Honoré was a principal player with the Philharmonia Orchestras from 2005–2011. After receiving top honours from both the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London, he was made Lauréat of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation of France in 1992 and was awarded an Honorary Associateship by the Royal Academy of Music in 2001. He is professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Violin: Igor Keller

Recitalist and chamber musician based in Switzerland and 1st Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of St Gallen.

Viola: Yuko Inoue

Winner of the 17th Budapest International Viola Competition, Yuko has performed as a soloist throughout Europe and Japan with many orchestras.She performs frequently with Britain’s most eminent string quartets and chamber ensembles. She is a member of the Fibonacci Sequence Ensemble and Professor of Viola, Royal Academy of Music, and RAM Junior Department, London.

Cello: Josephine Knight

Josephine is Professor of Cello and Alfredo Piatti Chair of the Royal Academy of Music, London. She studied at Yale University and Juilliard School before launching a career as soloist and chamber musician collaborating with many leading international performers. She has recorded for EMI Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos and Blackbox/ASV.

Piano: Ian Brown

Ian is a musician of great versatility whose career embraces chamber music, solo and duo playing and conducting. His musical life began as a bassoon player, eventually concentrating on the piano when he became pianist-in-residence at Southampton University. He became pianist with The Nash Ensemble in 1978 and during this long association has played at all the important British music festivals. he is currently Professor of piano, Royal Academy of Music, London.

Harp: Gabriella Dall’Olio

Gabriella Dall’Olio was born and grew up in Bologna, Italy. She trained in Italy, France and Germany with Anna Loro, Pierre Jamet. Jacqueline Borot, Fabrice Pierre and Giselle Herbert. She is committed to teaching and is Head of Harp Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She recently recorded Arturo Marquez Harp Concerto with Shakespeare Sinfonia.

Harpsichord: Robert Costin

One of Britain’s leading harpsichordists, Robert has made numerous acclaimed recordings and travels internationally as soloist and chamber musician.

Voice (Baritone): Martin Bruns

Martin Bruns has been on the vocal faculty of the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin since 2010. He has also been professor of voice at the University of the Arts in Zurich, Switzerland and at the Musikhochschule in Cologne/Aachen. Martin Bruns is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, adores teaching, and is proud of his many successful students.

Faculty: Resident pianists

Daniel King Smith studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he won numerous prizes for Chamber Music. He is now much in demand as a collaborative pianist and recitalist.t.

Jill Morton is much in demand as both soloist and collaborative pianist. She spent a season as Pianist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada and has given masterclasses at universities and specialist music schools throughout Britain. She currently holds the position of Head of Keyboard at the Perse School in Cambridge.

Francesca Carta is currently professor of piano at the G. P. da Palestrina Conservatory of Cagliari. She is a member of the Hofmannsthal Ensemble, with whom has recorded for Radio Suisse Romande, Riverberi Sonori Recordings and Radio France. Francesca is regularly invited as a collaborative pianist for competitions, courses and masterclasses.

Registration and fees

Apply online on the BIMF website.

  • Course fee and full board: £1150
  • Deposit: £150 paid on registration

BIMF is a residential course.  The fee covers accommodation in comfortable modern single rooms with communal shower rooms and toilets, breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Non-residents will be charged per day for lunch and dinner.

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available for each class. These will be considered once you have registered and paid the deposit using the form below. Deposits are 100% refundable up until 1 June 2022.

Once registered and deposit paid, scholarship enquiries can be sent to:  britishislesmusicfest@gmail.com.

Course applications need to be received by 10 May 2022. The number of places in each class will be capped at 12 for violins, 10 for flutes, 6 pianists, 8 for all other classes.


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British Isles Music Festival
+44 (0)1428 652202

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  • Date: Aug 06 - 15 2022
  • Time: 03:00 - 02:00

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