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International Musicians Seminar


Welcome to IMS Prussia Cove

"Some of my most satisfying musical experiences have been at IMS. The combination of the glorious setting, the close personal friendships that one forms there while living in such close proximity, and the sense of pure musical idealism that has been the chief aim of the seminar since it began, produces a sort of magic that is unique. IMS is an important part of my life and, I believe, an important part of the lives of most people who attend the seminars." Steven Isserlis, Artistic Director


Forthcoming Events

Sándor Végh Memorial Concerts 2018
String Quintet in C minor K406
Brahms String Quintet Op.111

Friday 12th January, 6pm: St Pol de Leon Church, Paul, Cornwall
Tickets available on the door
Sunday 14th January, 11.30am: 22 Mansfield Street, London
This concert is SOLD OUT. Please contact the office to go on the waiting list for returns. 


Annual Review 2017

We've just completed our Annual Review for 2017 - read about our busy year here!  


Masterclasses 2018

The deadline for applications for the 2018 Masterclasses has now passed and we will not be accepting anymore applications. Thank you to those of you who have applied, and we will be in touch shortly to acknowledge receipt of your application.  


How an inspiring Hungarian violinist created a musical community in Cornwall. 

Read Jonathan Gaisman's article from Standpoint Magazine on the history, founding and ideals of the IMS seminars, published in September 2017. 


Arts Council England funding awarded to IMS Prussia Cove

We are delighted to have been awarded lottery funding by Arts Council England to support our 2017 South West Tour. Following the success of the 2015 tour, this project will take our work to wider audiences and young people in Cornwall, with chamber music performances in smaller and community venues, alongside workshops in local schools. We are so pleased Arts Council England have been able to support this exciting new IMS venture and very grateful for their grant. Concerts will be taking place 2nd - 5th February, please see our concerts pages for further details of the tour.


The International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove is one of the premier short course seminars in the world. It offers musicians from all over the world the opportunity to participate in seminars which are unique in both their approach and environment. They attract maestri of world standing who encourage traditional values of musicianship and develop the artistic potential of tomorrow’s leading musicians. IMS Prussia Cove was awarded the 2008 Chamber Music Prize by the Royal Philharmonic Society.


IMS Founder: Sándor Végh

Artistic Director: Steven Isserlis

Artistic Advisers: Ralph Kirshbaum and András Schiff

Co-Founder and Programming Director: Hilary Tunstall-Behrens

Patron: HRH The Duke of Kent KG 

President: Sir Simon Rattle OM, CBE

Board of Directors: Tessa Gaisman MBE (Chairman), Robert Boas, David Cairns, Jonathan Gaisman QC, John Gilhooly OBE, Maria Lucas-Tooth, Frank Mampaey, Alexandra Maund (Chairman of the Friends of IMS), Gilbert McCabe, Haakon Overli, Sir Martin Smith, David Whelton 

Administrator: Rosie Yeatman

Development Officer: Hannah Morrow

*Please note our new contact details*:

Unit 6, Old Paradise Yard
20 Carlisle Lane
London SE1 7LG
Tel: 0207 6204405

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Registered Charity Number: 270204

Registered office: 32 Grafton Square, London SW4 0DB