Chilingirian String Ensemble - Tuition and Concert
15 to 19 April 2020


The celebrated Chilingirian Quartet return to West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, a specialist centre for education in the Creative Arts and Conservation, for their annual course. All quartets or ensembles enjoy the idyllic and relaxing surroundings which make this a perfect setting for ensemble coaching, informal masterclasses and concerts.

Course structure

This inspirational course offers the opportunity for music graduate, student, or amateur quartets or ensembles, to work closely with each of the Chilingirian Quartet. Each group selects a repertoire of their own choice to work on, benefitting from at least two intensive daily coaching sessions each day. Groups can also participate in informal masterclass, performance and collaborative ensemble playing sessions and attend the concert given by the Chilingirian Quartet at the College one evening during the course. The course starts after lunch on the first day and ends after an informal student concert on the final afternoon.

Since its first year in 1983, many students have benefitted from the immersive and supportive learning experience offered on this course. Many have used the course as a final preparation for an important performance, international competition or concert engagement. A maximum of six string quartets or ensembles are accepted to the course each year. Bursaries are available to support music students or early career professional musicians.

Each of the participating ensembles benefit from:

  • Concentrated study and daily coaching sessions, with tutors
  • A dedicated practice room allocated to their quartet or ensemble for the week
  • An informal performance opportunity
  • Collaborative ensemble playing sessions in the evenings with tutors and/or other students
  • Complimentary tickets to the concert given by the Chilingirian Quartet on Thursday evening

Chilingirian Quartet Concert


The Chilingirian Quartet give a concert on Saturday 18 April, 8pm.

Tickets are £15 each. Reference code SQT10029.

Programme: Haydn ­– Op 50 No 6 in D Major; Janacek – From An Overgrown Path; Puccini – Crisantemi; Haydn – Op 76 No 4.

Level: Grade 8 and above.

Please bring to the course: your instrument, music and a music stand.

About your tutors

The Chilingirian Quartet are one of the world's most celebrated and widely travelled ensembles renowned for their thrilling and authoritative interpretations of the great quartets and commanding performances of the contemporary repertoire.

Levon Chilingirian (violin), Mark Butler (violin), Susie Mészáros (viola) and Stephen Orton (cello) are highly accomplished musicians, and blend four distinct voices into a single extraordinary sound; their performances are frequently acclaimed by the critics.

They are also respected teachers, leading masterclasses at many universities in the UK and around the world.


Generous bursaries are offered by the College, to music students and early career young professional musicians, funded by donors and West Dean Friends. If you wish to apply, please download the Chilingirian String Ensemble Course Bursary Application Form, from the website.

Please note: the application deadline for this bursary was 28 February 2020.

"Excellent course - very inspirational"

2018 attendee

Fees and Accommodation

Non-resident course fees

The non-resident student fee is £593 and includes coffee, lunch, tea and dinner daily, tuition and the Chilingirian concert. If you wish to stay at the College, the accommodation costs are given below.

Accommodation fees for Summer 2020 per person, including breakfast:

Annexe rooms Standard rooms Superior Rooms
With ensuite shower Single occupancy with private bath/shower, ensuite or adjacent (Main House/Vicarage) Twin occupancy with private bath/shower ensuite or adjacent (Main House/Vicarage) Single occupancy with ensuite bath/shower (Main House/Vicarage) Sharing twin bedroom with ensuite bath/shower (Main House/Vicarage)
£256 £348 £232 £436 £276

More information about the course

The course begins at 12.30am with lunch on Wednesday 15 April and ends on Sunday, 19 April at 4pm.


All ensembles should complete and return:
One copy of the Musical Details form on behalf of your group
One Course Application form for each applicant, and
One Bursary form (if applicable) for each applicant

For full Terms and Conditions please refer to the website or request a brochure.