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When do I arrive?
When do I leave?
How many teachers will I have?
Who is my teacher?
What is the difference between the adult amateur course and the piano course?
How many lessons do I get?
I want to apply for other courses
When will I know when my lessons take place?
What do I do when I donít have a lesson and I donít want to practice?
Will there be any children the same age as me?
Will I get to know anyone?
Who looks after the under 18ís?
Where do we sleep?
Will everyone be more advanced than me?
Do I have a practice room for the week?
What happens if I change my mind about playing in a concert/workshop?
There is so much going on Ė do I have to go to everything?
Are the evening recitals free?
What clothes/towels etc do I need?
How much music do I bring?
If I don't get offered a place will I get my deposit returned?
If I need to cancel will I get my money back?


When do I arrive?
Registration is from 14.30 until 17.00 on Thursday 17th August for part one, and 14.30 until 17.00 on Wednesday 23rd August for part two.  If you are travelling from abroad and need to arrive a day early, there are many local hotels in the vicinity. The closest is the Premier Inn on Deansgate

When do I leave?

The course ends after morning recitals by the participants on each part. The concerts will end by 11.30am and then we have a final coffee break before the course ends at midday.

How many teachers will I have?

With such a large and inspirational faculty, many participants take advantage and study with several teachers during their stay. For one course of piano (three hours) one teacher is usually allocated. If more than one course of piano is booked the lessons will most likely be with two teachers. It is also possible to request indiviual lessons with a different teacher each time. On the piano course it is possible to choose 4 names that you are interested in studying with. If possible we try to allocate your preferences, but it is not always possible. As everything is open to observe it is always possible to learn from every teacher working on the course.

Who is my teacher?

All information regarding allocation of teacher, concerts, extra classes etc will be given at registration. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences.

What is the difference between the adult amateur course and the piano course?
The main difference is the much more informal performance opportunities to other participants on the Adult course. There are daily discussions about subjects that are of particular interest to this course e.g performance anxiety, memory, how to practise, suitable repertoire. All of this happens in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Participants on this course are allocated the teacher by the summer school administration.

How many lessons do I get?
Every course comes with three hours of individual lessons as standard. In addition, there are opportunities to play in classes with your teacher. It is also possible to book up to an additional three hours on each course that you book, subject to availability.
Of course all lessons are open to watch, so you could in fact have a total of 30 hours of tuition if you attended all the lessons by the different faculty members! If you do extra courses you will receive another 3 hours and additional classes on each course.

I want to apply for other courses
Many people do 2 or 3 courses. Each course gives you 3 hours of individual lessons therefore if you did 3 courses you would have 9 hours in one part plus up to 7 hours of additional workshops. NB No more than 6 hours can be booked for each course. Each course costs an extra £200.

When will I know when my lessons take place?

Your timetable will be given to you at registration. A list of all timetables will be on display throughout the week, so that you can check when your next lesson is. You can also see when friends are having their lessons as well.

What do I do when I donít have a lesson and I donít want to practice?

All the lessons and classes are open to watch, so from 9am to 4.30pm you can watch any of the wonderfully inspiring faculty. At 5pm there are daily lectures or performances and in the evening there are several faculty recitals.
In addition there are a variety of activities organised in the week, such as table tennis and football. There are also opportunities to have lessons in Alexander technique and Eurythmics at a small extra cost.

Will there be any children the same age as me?
Each year there are many under 18ís and we are renowned for being an incredibly friendly summer school. One year a rather shy teenager said that he couldnít believe how friendly we all were and couldnít wait to come back. We always try to team up children with others that have been on the course before to help them settle in quickly.

Will I get to know anyone?

All newcomers to the course will be welcomed at the opening night reception so that friends can be made over a drink. There is always someone at reception during the day so anyone feeling a little lost is welcome to come for a chat! There will be daily 'chat' sessions at coffee break in the dining room for the under 18's. Do come and say hello to the house parents.

Who looks after the under 18ís?
This year we are very lucky to have a youth co-ordinator who will be the point of contact for participants and parents throughout the week. She will meet everyone on the opening night reception and her mobile telephone number will be given to all participants and parents.Contact can be made at any time of day. We also have a team of trained house parents, including Murray McLachlan and his wife, Kathryn ( who have 5 children of their own!) who are always happy to talk to anyone in confidence.

Where do we sleep?
Chethamís is a boarding school and it is possible to have a very large number of participants staying at the school. All residential participants sleep in the school.  Accommodation is in single, double or dormitory style rooms and many rooms have ensuite facilities.  Together with a 24 hour security guard this ensures a safe and happy environment. This fantastic social atmosphere ensures that the summer school will provide many happy memories. Many regulars say it is the highlight of their year!

Will everyone be more advanced than me?
The Chethamís Summer School is not competitive in any way and the artistic Director, Murray McLachlan, thinks of it as one big happy piano family. There are always a wide range of abilities, but the atmosphere is one of support and encouragement. We welcome everyone who loves the piano and no audition is required.


Do I have a practice room for the week?
With over 100 new practice rooms everyone is given a room for the week and they are open from 6am to 11pm. Everyone shares a room and sorts out when to practise with each other. There is no additional cost for the use of the room. There is also a resident piano tuner who can sort out any problems that may arise.

What happens if I change my mind about playing in a concert/workshop?

This is fine and there will always be someone keen to take up the place.

There is so much going on Ė do I have to go to everything?

Some people manage everything, but of course you can choose to only go to some of the events.

Are the evening recitals free? Are the evening recitals free?
If you are a resident participant all recitals are included in the course fees. Daily observers and non-resident participants will need to book for any of the evening concerts from 7pm onwards. There is a substanial discount of 20% when 4 or more concerts are booked.
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Call 0333 130 0967 to book by telephone. Phone lines are open from 2-4pm Monday to Friday.

What clothes/towels etc do I need?
A bath and hand towel are provided, as is all bed linen. Dress code is informal, although if you are playing in an evening concert, you might like to bring something suitably smart.

How much music do  I bring?

You can choose to bring several works/pieces for your lessons or just one. You can decide if you want to work in great detail on a small repertoire or get lots of ideas on many pieces to take away with you to work in detail after the course. It is entirely up to individuals how much they want to get through in the lessons. Obviously the more prepared the pieces are, the deeper the voyage of discovery can be!

If I don't get offered a place will I get my deposit returned?

If a place cannot be offered due to the course being full, the deposit will be refunded.

If I need to cancel will I get my money back?

The deposit is non-refundable (unless the course is full) To protect your booking it is advisable to take out insurance  in case of the need to cancel. Insurance is available for less than £10 with many online companies. We cannot offer refunds on places booked.