About Chamber Players


Chamber Players is a holiday music course which is held every Summer. It has been set up by Lucy Melvin, a violinist and teacher in South London, whose belief it is that working in small ensembles is the best way to learn and enjoy a musical instrument. Chamber Players tutors are all highly regarded in the profession, both as performers and teachers, many of whom are teachers in the junior conservatoires.

Whether you are just beginning to explore the joy of playing music with others, or you are a very experienced player, who is looking for intensive quartet coaching by some highly accomplished string players, chamber musicians and teachers – Chamber Players offers a great week of music making. With a large library of repertoire, there is music for everyone.

The courses are 5 day, non-residential course for juniors and seniors. The juniors are coached in the mornings, and the seniors in the afternoons. Throughout the week there will be a series of inspiring concerts for the pupils to attend. These will start with the Opening Night Concert (which always offers something exciting, and a little bit different), There will be a final concert for all families to attend with a performance from the tutors and all the pupils. All tutors are highly respected chamber musicians and teachers.

All coaching is aimed according to the ability of players, and pupils are placed in ensembles with other players of similar abilities and experience, so that every pupil gets the most out of the course. Everyone comes away having made good friends, and musical contacts, experienced coaching from top professionals, learnt some more of the wonderful chamber music repertoire.

As well as the chamber music coaching, there are orchestral sessions throughout the week. Senior pupils are given the opportunity to rehearse a concerto movement. If any pupil would like to take this opportunity, please provide details in plenty of time so that we can make sure that the orchestral music is available.This is offered on a first-come-first served basis, and is subject to availability of orchestral music.

The course is open to  string players of any ability, and pianists grade 4 -5 on the junior course, and 7 – 8 on the senior course.

The lovely school at Sydenham High, has many rehearsal rooms, a recital hall, and lots of recreation space. Pupils have a lovely time making music and making friends.

Whilst we are always sensitive to a pupil’s age, the courses, and ensembles are arranged primarily on ability. If any family is uncertain as to which course a pupil should be applying for, please do get in contact

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