Chilingirian String Ensemble - Tuition and Concert
8 to 12 April 2019

The celebrated Chilingirian Quartet return to West Dean College, a specialist centre for education in Conservation and in the Arts, 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.

Level: Grade 8 and above.

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 Thursday 11 April, at 8pm.

The course fee includes the concert. Additional tickets are £15 each, and can be purchased online on the Events page. The reference code is SQT08709. Please note: the concert can only be booked from January 2019 onwards.

Programme: Thea Musgrave - Quartet, Kareem Roustom - Quartet, Tchaikovsky ­- Quartet No 1.

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. Please download the Chilingirian String Ensemble Course Bursary application form if you wish to apply.

The application deadline is 25 February 2019.

"Excellent course - very inspirational"

2018 attendee

Fees and Accommodation

Non-residents course fee

The non-resident student fee is £579, 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 per person, including breakfast

Annexe rooms with ensuite shower: £252

Standard rooms
Single occupancy with private bath/shower, ensuite or adjacent (Main House/Vicarage): £340
Twin occupancy with private bath/shower ensuite or adjacent (Main House/Vicarage): £228

Superior rooms
Single occupancy with ensuite bath/shower (Main House/Vicarage): £428
Sharing twin bedroom with ensuite bath/shower (Main House/Vicarage): £272

More information about the course

The course begins at 12.30am with lunch on Monday, 8 April and ends on Friday,12 April at 4pm.​


All ensembles should complete and return:

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

Please direct any enquiries regarding the course content to: Rosemary Marley, Short Course Manager by e-mail: