CHAMBER MUSIC COURSE
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.
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. (View Video)
Course outline, dates and cost
In 2021 our programme included works by Maurice Ravel, Astor Piazzolla, Leopold Koželuch, Joseph Haydn, Peter Warlock, Igor Stravinsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Dmitri Shostakovitch. Solo performances included music of Bach, Telemann, Britten, Poulenc and Igudsmann in the intimate settings 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 Stretching exercise classes and keep fit, whilst entertainment ranged from badminton and table tennis to table football, as well as lounge areas where the students could relax and unwind One to one coaching will be available for those who wish it.
Looking forward to 2022, we will house once again and rehearse in the village of Blatten bei Naters, where Festival of Chapels has the exclusive use of a large secure house, with 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.
2022 - Dates and Costs.
Course dates: 20th July 2022- 30th July 2022
Location: Blatten bei Naters and Binn, Valais Switzerland
Cost: 850.00 CHF
Applicants should be between 14 - 20. A short video is required to allow us to assess musical groupings.
To apply for the festival of Chapels course for 2022 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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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.
Returning to the Course for 2022
Following our first highly successful course in 2021, 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.
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.