Music Study and Events

West Dean College has a dynamic and creative music community that attracts students with a passion for music who are ready to channel that interest into instrument making or playing.

You can study for a Foundation degree full-time, or enrol on a music short course. Our talented team of tutors are specialist musical instrument makers and musicians ready to help you make new discoveries and develop your skills. The College's Music department has strong links with professionals and organisations throughout the sector and internationally.

You don't have to enrol on a course to enjoy music at West Dean - check out our music events at the end of the page.

FdA Historic Craft Practices – Musical Instruments

If your goal is to set up an instrument-making workshop or to work in the trade, this programme is internationally respected for the high level craftsmanship of its graduates. Unique for its teaching of the historical approach to constructing the viola da gamba, the high level of tuition equips students with skills that can be applied to making a wide range of bowed and plucked instruments, including violin and guitar. See what students say about the course in the video below.

"A tremendous international reputation, one that is respected world-wide. I now work as an instrument repairer at JP Guivier in London; it is the oldest violin shop in the country and is highly respected". Martin Cuffe, Alumnus - Musical Instrument Making.

Find out more about the Foundation degree

West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival

This annual event offers outstanding learning and performing opportunities for classical guitarists of all abilities. The course includes repertoire and technique classes, lectures, masterclasses and workshops. Students are assigned to an ensemble group according to their ability level and receive two private individual lessons. Additional playing opportunities include the guitar orchestra, student concerts and masterclasses given by internationally acclaimed artists.

Learn more about the International Guitar Festival

Chilingirian String Ensemble Summer School

The chance for amateur, young professional or student quartets or ensembles, to work closely with the celebrated Chilingirian Quartet. Study a repertoire of your own choice, with intensive, yet informal, daily coaching from the inspirational Chilingirian Quartet. Participate in collaborative ensemble playing sessions in the evenings and attend a public concert by the Chilingirian Quartet. An informal student recital will round off the course on the final afternoon. Generous bursaries are available for music students and young professionals.

Learn more about the Chilingirian String Ensemble Summer School

Music at West Dean

FdA Historic Craft Practices - Musical Instruments
Berta Rojas Masterclass with bursary student Zoe Barnett 2016
FdA Historic Craft Practices - Musical Instruments
Classical Guitar Summer School Bursary Students Kianush Robeson, Zoe Barnett, Alex Roche 2016
Classical Guitar Summer School 2016
Chilingirian Quartet Summer School
Musical Instrument Making Workshop
Andrew Gough Classical Guitar Festival and Summer School
Music Performance: Roy Stratford with Oliver Nelson
FdA Historic Craft Practices - Musical Instruments
The Scarampella Ensemble in the Old Library
Musical Instrument Making
FdA student having a music lesson in the Old Library

Concert by William Kanengiser

Concert

William is an international concert artist. Member of the Grammy award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and faculty member of the University of Southern California.

Date
Saturday 18 August 2018, 8pm
Location
St Andrews Church, West Dean
Price
£15

Concert by Xuefei Yang

Concert

Xuefei is a prize winning Chinese international concert artist. Commissioner of new works for the guitar, EMI recording artist and popular visiting lecturer.

Date
Monday 20 August 2018, 8pm
Location
St Andrews Church, West Dean
Price
£15

Concert by The Modern Guitar Trio

Concert

The Modern Guitar Trio was formed in 2000 when Australian Roland Chadwick teamed up with English virtuosos Roland Gallery and Vincent Lindsay-Clark to record Roland Chadwick's Letter from LA for his CD; The Revealing. This suite has since been performed extensively by the Modern Guitar Trio and other trios have played this work throughout Europe, the Americas and Australia.

Date
Tuesday 21 August 2018, 8pm
Location
The Auditorium, Edward James Studios
Price
£15

Bursaries

Bursaries are available to help make study possible for FdA Historic Craft Practices - Musical Instruments students. Find out more about your funding options

For the Guitar Summer School, music students and young professional players aged 16 - 24 years old, and full-time (first-study classical guitar) music student at a UK university or music college may be eligible for a bursary to cover a substantial part of the summer school course fees. Find out more about short courses bursaries

Music short courses

Develop your musical competance or appreciation with other musicians in beautiful rooms with excellent acoustics. From beginner to advanced, you can make your own instrument under the tuition of experienced makers on a five day or nine day course.

We also host the British Violin Makers Association (BVMA) professional development course in Violin and Bow Restoration biennially at Easter (next dates will be 2019).

Music playing courses

Instrument making courses