Music, Performance and Dance
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Music, Performance and Dance

Building on the success of our Music programming, this year sees an expansion into performance and dance courses. Offering a range of courses for complete beginners as well as for experienced amateurs.

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These are complemented by a variety of one-off concerts and performance inlcuding Classical Guitar concerts in August and the Chilingirian Quartet summer course in July. For performances and concerts open to the public, please see our concerts and special events page.

Music areas studied at West Dean inlcudes: African Drumming, Recorder Consort Playing, Workshops for Singers, Guitar Ensemble, Viol consorts and Music Appreciation.

Inspired by ‘Strictly Come Dancing?’ – then have a go yourself on one of our new weekend courses and learn the basics of popular and social dance – either Cuban or jazz.

Performance courses include storytelling, improvised physical theatre and puppetry.

Click here for information and to book for our Saturday Afternoon Music Lectures.

Teaching facilities

These courses are held in the College's well-equipped teaching rooms with excellent acoustics. Most include opportunities for informal performances by the students or short recitals by the tutors. Performances open to the public are held in the old library, or the Sussex Barn and West Dean Church.

How to find us


West Dean College and Gardens are situated in South East England, six miles north of the historic city of Chichester and 12 miles from the south coast.

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