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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 2022 included works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Amy Beach, Giovanni Gabrieli, Sergei Prokofiev, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, César Cui, Arnold Bax, François Devienne, Tchaikovsky and Gerald Finzi. For the Solo performances, which are an essential ingredient of the course, students played music of Bach, Telemann, Debussy, Ysaÿe and Isang Yun in the small mountain chapels for which Binntal is famous. We will pursue the same aim in 2023 of reading as much music as possible as we build towards the final concert

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 2023, 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.


Once again we will perform impromptu concerts in the chapels, and the final concert will be held on the last Friday, 28th July, in the Pfarrkirche, Binn 

Dates and Costs.

Course dates: 19th - 29th July 2023
Location: Blatten bei Naters and Binn, Valais

Cost: 880.00 CHF

10% off for introducing a friend who has not attended previously.


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 2023 please click below:

on completion of your successful application, we will require a deposit of 100 CHF.
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 2023.

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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 2023

Following our highly successful course in 2022 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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