Festival of Chapels chamber music course, established in 2020, is for young people with a love of music who wish to expand their musical experiences, whilst absorbing the beauty of their surroundings.

Following the outstanding success of last year, we are expanding the course to 20 students, both string and woodwind players.

We are delighted to run this course in Binn and Blatten bei Naters, Wallis, and look forward to you joining us in the breathtaking Swiss Alps.



Course outline, dates and cost

Last year our programme included works  by Samuel Barber, Philip Glass, Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Dmitri Shostakovitch. Solo performances included music of Bach, Kurtag Isang Yun and Reger, in the intimate setting of the small mountain chapels for which Binntal is rightly famous. 
A typical day saw students rehearse for around 5 hours, with time to explore the sensational mountain scenery in-between sessions. 
Rehearsals were interwoven with Feldenkreis and Pilates classes. We will do the same in 2021, whilst well earned entertainment ranges from badminton and table tennis to table football, and lounge areas where the students can relax and unwind  One to one coaching will be available for those who wish it.
This year, 2021, we will house and rehearse in the village of Blatten bei Naters, where Festival of Chapels has the exclusive use of a large secure house, where we have room for rehearsals as well as all our community activities. Besides our own performances, there  are concerts to be seen in the Ernen MusicDorf festival. Once again we will perform impromptu concerts in the chapels, and the final concert will be held, as last year, in the Pfarrkirche, Binn.

Dates and Costs.
Course dates: 21st July 2021- 31st July 2021
Location: Blatten bei Naters and Binn, Valais Switzerland
Cost: 850.00 CHF

Applicants should be 14+. A short video is required to allow us to assess musical groupings.
To apply for the festival of Chapels course for 2021 please click below:
on completion of your successful application. we will require a deposit of 100 CHF.

Price includes coaching, accommodation and meals.

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To apply for the festival of Chapels course for 2021 please fill in your details: 

Once your application is successful we require a deposit of 100 CHF (per person in the case of groups) which we will ask for on completion of  your application.

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Returning to the Course for 2021

Following our first highly successful course in 2020, we are pleased to announce the return of all the 2020 coaching team  - Dierdre, Olivier, Nathalie and Gwilym. Between them they bring a wealth of knowledge and professional experience to the course. 
Franziska, who fed everyone so magically last year, returns to weave her spell over the cooking once more!
Plus DBS checked (UK), First aid qualified, competent pastoral staff.



Head coach

Swiss-born Olivier Piguet received his first violin lessons at the Scola Cantorum in Paris, before returning to Switzerland to work with Anne Bauer and Karen Turpie. 



Deirdre spent the first years of her life in Edinburgh while her mother was a member of the Edinburgh Quartet. 



Course co-director and coach

Founder member of the Festival, Nathalie is an experienced chamber, orchestral and solo musician, who brings her knowledge of organising musical events to our venture.



Course co-director and coach

Gwilym Hooson, Co-founder of the Festival of Chapels, believes in promoting, focusing and developing young students musical abilities.