Malvern wind chamber music course

An established and popular summer course for amateur wind players in the beautiful Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, UK

   Tutored by CUILLIN SOUND

  Dana Morgan - flute (Soloist and chamber music specialist)

      Sarah Watts - clarinet (International bass clarinet soloist

           and winner of UK Howarth clarinet competition)

  Laurence Perkins - bassoon (Principal Manchester

       Camerata and Hyperion solo recording artist)

with guest tutors:

Philip Haworth - oboe (Atea Quintet)

Sue Baxendale - horn (Principal Scottish Opera)

Chiao-Ying Chang - piano (International soloist, fifth prize winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition and member of the Fournier Trio)

A chamber music course for wind players who are seeking an inspirational approach to their music-making

Course open to FLUTE, OBOE, CLARINET, BASSOON and HORN players of grade 6 to performance diploma standard in graded ensembles

COURSE FEES: 2016 fees:

full board including all main meals,

7 nights en-suite accommodation,

all musical sessions and other course events:

(discounted early bird rates are offered until 31st December 2015  - see booking form for details).

Single room occupancy:    £810

Twin room occupancy:      £775


One participant and non-playing partner sharing

twin room:                          £1200

Non-residential rate

including all tutored

sessions, concert entry

and lunch:                           £475

(Please note camping and mobile homes are not allowed on site).                                      

2016 will have a Bohemian theme featuring core works by Krommer, Martinu, Reicha and the Dixtuor by Georges Enescu, in addition to some of the the great wind chamber favourites.

Malvern Winds Chamber Music Course is one of the UK’s most successful amateur music-making courses.

Established in 2011, one of the main aims being to offer a fresh and unique approach for all course participants, covering a wide range of aspects of performance-related skills, with an emphasis on high quality music-making.


Alongside tutored chamber sessions and explorations of a wide range of repertoire, the programme includes daily warm-ups covering breathing, posture, tuning skills and dealing with performance anxiety - essential skills needed for successful and enjoyable chamber music making.

Set at the foot of the beautiful Malvern Hills, time is set aside to  explore, relax and enjoy this stunning location, alongside enjoyable social events and concerts during the week.

‘I had a great time with a lot of playing and some super groups both pre-fixed and DIY. A fine bunch of musicians: what a privilege!’

Malvern College, 6th- 13th August 2016

  1. -Daily chamber music sessions with groups graded according to playing level and the musical/technical demands of the pieces

  2. -Parts for main set works sent out in advance of the course

  3. -Informal concert for all participants at the end of the week

  4. -Opportunities for Do It Yourself (DIY) sessions with catalogued sheet music library (including approximate standards for pieces).

  5. -Ensemble tuition by five of Britain’s top wind players and a specialist accompanist and leading pianist.

  6. -Short morning warm-up sessions focusing on breathing, relaxation, good playing posture and other performance techniques

  7. -Concerts and talks by tutors

  8. -Opportunities to explore the Malvern Hills

  9. -Superb modern en-suite accommodation - single room occupancy or shared twin room at a reduced rate

  10. -Excellent food - special diets catered for

  11. -Swimming pool and gym facilities available at an additional cost

  12. -Direct train service from London Paddington to Great Malvern or easy access from M5 and the motorway network

  13. -Short distance from train station to Malvern College.

With thanks to Mike Bell for the Malvern photographs 2015

Malvern Winds aims to cover a wide and diverse repertoire.

Recent music tutored and performed on the courses includes:

Strauss - Sonatine ‘From an Invalid’s Workshop’

Mozart - Serenade K.361 ‘Gran Partita’

J Dove - Figures in a Garden

Poulenc - Sextet for piano and Winds

Janacek - Mladi, Danzi - quintets, Lalo - Albanian Dances

Tallis - Spem in Alium

Schumann - Konzertstuck for 4 horns (wind ensemble version)