Chilingirian String Ensemble Course
20 to 24 April 2022

The celebrated Chilingirian Quartet return to West Dean College of 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, masterclasses, informal performance and collaborative playing sessions.

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.

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.


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,

Please ensure the bursary application form is returned by the deadline: 28 February 2022

Chilingirian Quartet playing at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

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.

Fees and Accommodation

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

Accommodation fees
Prices are per person and include breakfasts, lunches and dinners:

Standard rooms Superior Rooms
Annexe 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 and how to book

LEVEL: Grade 8 and above
PLEASE BRING TO THE COURSE: your instrument, music and a music stand.

Start/End times
The course begins at 12.30pm with lunch on Wednesday 20 April and ends on Sunday 24 April at 4pm.

Applications and how to book

All ensembles should complete and return:
One copy of the musical details form on behalf of your group
One course booking form for each applicant, and
One bursary application form (if applicable) for each applicant (deadline: 28 February 2022)

For Terms and Conditions please click here

To book and pay for your place and accommodation click here