Cadenza International Summer Music School

When the academic year ends Summer schools begin, and they now appear to be more popular than ever. Students have so many options to choose from that it must be a challenge deciphering which might offer the most inspirational learning experience. I will be spending two weeks in Shropshire this year (from July 22nd – 5th August) at Moreton Hall enjoying PIANO WEEK, hosted and organised by pianist Samantha Ward. But if you would prefer to stay nearer London, the Cadenza International Summer Music School might be an excellent choice.

Artistic director and pianist, John Thwaites is at the helm, and the school is now in its twenty-sixth year. Based at the Purcell School, near Watford, just outside London, this friendly course provides a very generous array of private lessons, chamber music opportunities and coaching sessions.

The course runs from July 13th – 20th and tuition is offered for piano, violin, viola and ‘cello. Students can enjoy a minimum of three individual lessons on their first study instrument during the week, plus chamber music coaching as well as concert and performance platforms. Everyone plays in at least one chamber group which is coached not less than every second day. Repertoire plans can be made in advance, especially for pianists. Groups and partnerships apparently evolve flexibly during the week; the coaching timetable is arranged in two-day cycles. All levels and abilities are encouraged and there is a wide age range from youngsters through to teenagers, as well as undergraduates, postgraduates, professional and amateur pianists.

You can find out more information about the Cadenza International Summer Music School, here.


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

For more information, please visit the publications page, here.



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