Come and join us for a truly inspirational week of learning, recharging your batteries, challenging yourself and meeting some fantastic people – all at a great venue too!

Professional development is central to ESTA UK’s mission. Each year our world-class faculty of teacher-presenters shares its expertise with Summer School delegates. Come along to hear pedagogic insights into string teaching and playing.

The programme retains its ever popular Basics (String Pedagogy) classes which take an in depth view of how we play and teach string instruments. Every year these classes take on their own special life as the presenter and participants change and the class evolves to suit everyone’s interests and needs.

The Summer School is residential at Dean Close School. If you’re local please feel free to commute but if you can, do immerse yourself in the whole experience. It’s amazing what conversations get started at breakfast!

ESTA members are eligible to apply for bursaries. Click HERE for more details.

PLEASE NOTE: You can pay a £100 deposit now to secure your place. The balance will then be due by 30th June
  • ESTA member –  £625
  • ESTA non member –  £725
  • ESTA student member – £540

The week’s cost includes food and accommodation. If you are an overseas visitor and you are an ESTA member elsewhere please pay the ESTA member rate. Overseas non members please pay the non member rate.

Daily rates are also available:

  • ESTA member £150
  • ESTA non member £200
  • ESTA student member £120

The daily rates include lunch and dinner but NOT accommodation.




  • 0830: Alexander technique with Henry George
  • 0930: Upper & Lower strings basics
    with Sarah Crooks & James Halsey
  • 1130: Starting chamber groups
    with members of the Bingham Quartet
  • 1500: Conversions – violin to viola, cello to bass
    with members of the Bingham Quartet
  • 1700: Blues for string groups with Chris Haigh
  • 1945: Concert – members of the Bingham Quartet





Summer School Faculty

Hilary Sturt

Starting chamber groups
Bingham String Quartet

James Halsey

Lower strings basics
Bingham String Quartet
Starting chamber groups

Steve Bingham

Building a studio
Bingham String Quartet

Brenda Stewart

Starting chamber groups
Bingham String Quartet