2017 Summer Courses  with ESTA member Lowri Blake


Set in five acres of gardens and woodland, with magnificent views of the Montagne Noire, Belle Serre offers an idyllic environment for an intensive cello week in south-west France, with international cellist Lowri Blake. Lowri will be giving daily individual and group tuition in an informal atmosphere.


Summer Week 1: Wednesday 5 - Wednesday 12 July 2017
             (Week 1 is for intermediate level up to advanced level cellists)

Summer Week 2: Sunday 16 - Sunday 23 July 2017
             (Week 2 is for advanced cellists)

Arrivals from 18.00 on the first day, departures by 10.00 on the last day

A varied daily schedule will include individual tuition, duo repertoire with superb resident pianists, group technical workouts and cello ensemble playing with outstanding cello tutors, trio chamber music sessions with guest professional musicians each week, improvisation sessions, baroque continuo and sonata days, and discussions about all aspects of cello playing. The aim is to study hard in a house party setting, with time to relax too, basking in the sunshine around the pool or taking long shady walks in the surrounding countryside.
Full details of each week will be posted on the Cellos at Belle Serre site and blog shortly.

Week 1 is for all levels from intermediate to advanced level, and Week 2 is for advanced cellists who are experienced in ensemble playing and sight-reading. Amateurs, students and professional cellists are all welcome.  Recent participants have come from all parts of Europe and from the USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Mexico - a truly international fest!

The summer courses run for one week (18.00 arrival on the first day, 10.00 departure on the final day), with a concert given by participants on the last evening of the course.

The cost, to include all tuition, meals and accommodation is €1180/£995. Non-residents are charged at €990/£840 including lunch and supper each day. Camping at Belle Serre: €990/£840, including all meals. Non-playing guests sharing a room with their partner are welcome to join us for the week, at €800/£675.

Reservations are confirmed by e mail upon receipt of the completed CBS Booking Form and acceptance of the CBS Terms and Conditions http://www.cellosatbelleserre.com/en/booking/ along with a non-refundable €280/£250 deposit. Payment information (in euros or pounds sterling) will be sent to you by e mail. The balance of the fees is due by 1st June.


If you can't join us for one of the summer courses, why not book a few days of intensive cello study with Lowri at Belle Serre during the year? Alternatively, with you and your cellist friends and chamber music colleagues, we can create short bespoke courses at any time of year that suits you, to include individual tuition, cello ensemble playing and chamber music tuition for all levels. Lowri's short courses are very popular; recently, Lowri has welcomed amateur players of all levels, conservatoire students and professional players from Japan, France, Spain, the UK and Northern Ireland, Holland, and from Australia and Singapore.
Contact Lowri by phone or e mail to discuss your preferred dates and prices.



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