The Chetham's International Piano Summer School is a source of inspiration, fun, insight and focus for everyone who enjoys the piano and piano playing. Now in its fifteenth year, it continues to grow and develop as a 'piano republic of equals'. There is no elitism on the course, though everyone is extremely serious about piano playing.
There is no other summer school that manages to cater for the universal: Adult amateurs, promising children and observers are as welcome on the course as concert pianists, international young artists preparing for top competitions, and professional music teachers.
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All participants can apply to take a Trinity College London Diploma or Certificate qualification at Chetham's at the end of their course. Trinity's exams, established in 1877, are taken in over 60 countries throughout the world. They are officially recognised by conservatoires, universities and employers as an international benchmark of quality.
The Diplomas are based around the planning and execution of a recital performance - 90% of the marks are given for the performance, and 10% for presentation, including programme notes. Repertoire can be chosen from exciting lists spanning a wide range of styles and genres, and there is also freedom to select own-choice repertoire which must be pre-approved by Trinity. There are no supporting tests.
Holders of Trinity diploma exams are entitled to use the relevant post-nominal letters after their name, for example ATCL, LTCL, FTCL. For those participants who do not feel ready to take a Diploma qualification, Trinity are also offering the Advanced Certificate which follows the same format and sits at just above Grade 8 level.
Taking a Trinity Diploma is an excellent way to mark your achievement at the end of the International Summer School course. Please click here for details of fees, repertoire lists, and how to enter.