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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. The course is open to 20 students, both string and woodwind players. Participants will play a wide range of chamber music in anticipation of the final concert as well as perform their own choice solo in the Chapels.

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

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Course outline, dates and cost


Our repertoire for 2023 included works by Chevalier St George, Prokofiev, Mozart, Telemann, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rameau, Ibert, Handel, and Mascagni. During the solo recitals, which are an essential part of the course, the students played music by Bach, Telemann, Debussy, Britten, Wieniawski, Stravinsky amongst others in the small mountain chapels for which the Binn Valley is famous. We will pursue the same goal in 2024, reading as much music as possible and preparing for the final concert.

On a typical day, the students rehearsed for about 5 hours, with time between rehearsals to explore the sensational mountain scenery. 
Rehearsals were combined with stretching exercises and fitness training, while entertainment ranged from badminton to table tennis and table football. There were also lounge areas where students could relax and unwind.


In 2024 we will again be hosted and rehearse in the village of Blatten near Naters. There, the Festival of Chapels has a large, secure house with space for rehearsals and all our community activities. In addition to our own performances, there will also be concerts in the music village of Ernen which we may attend.


As in previous years we will give impromptu concerts in the chapels, and the final concert will take place in the parish church of Binn on Sunday, 28 July, 2024

Dates and costs.

Course dates: 20 - 29 July 2024

Location: Blatten near Naters and Binn, Valais


Costs: CHF 880.00

Early bird discount of 100 Sfr for applications received before 31st December 31st 2023.

10% reduction if you bring a friend who has not yet participated.


Applicants should be between 14 and 24 years old. A short video is required so that we can assess the musical groupings.

To register for the Festival of Bands 2024 course, please click below: A deposit of CHF 100 is required upon successful registration.
The price includes coaching, accommodation and meals.


This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.

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To apply for the festival of Chapels course for 2024.

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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. Reductions will be applied to final invoices for the course on criteria being met:


100 fr reduction - Deposit received before 31st dec 2023, and course being attended.

10% for introduction of new participant - Introduce a friend - reduction taken off the introducer’s invoice on completion of course of both parties

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Returning to the Course for 2024

Following our highly successful course in 2023 we are pleased to announce the return of all the coaching team  - Olivier, Nathalie, Sophie 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. 




Sophie read music at the University of Cambridge UK before receiving a masters degree in cello performance 



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.

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