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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 Concerts in Cornwall and Autumn Tour 2017

We are delighted to announce that to celebrate 40 years of Open Chamber Music we have commissioned a new piece by Mark-Anthony Turnage - 'Prussian Blue', a quintet for piano and strings. The WORLD PREMIERE will be given at our concert in Truro on Sunday 1st October, 3pm. This concert will the final concert in the series of 9 taking place throughout West Cornwall during September, and also the launch of this year's Autumn Tour which will take this world class group of musicians from Open Chamber Music around the country, giving four further performances of the programme, including the new commission, ending at London's Wigmore Hall on 5th October. Tickets for all autumn concerts in Cornwall and on tour are now on sale. Further details on our concerts and tour pages. Looking forward to seeing you at one of these exciting concerts! 


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.


Celebration Concert for Hilary Tunstall-Behrens' 90th Birthday
Sunday 15th January, 6.45pm - Wigmore Hall

To celebrate this special occasion Sir András Schiff, Steven Isserlis, Erich Höbarth, Gerhard Schulz, Thomas Riebl, Ralph Kirshbaum and Denes Várjon gave the most wonderful concert including works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Kurtág and Brahms. We were thrilled that Steven Isserlis could premiere a new piece for solo cello by György Kurtág, written specially for the occasion - "Hilary's Jig". We are incredibly grateful to Mr Kurtág and all the musicians who made this event possible, and to our many supporters and friends who joined us for this wonderful celebration.  


Annual Review 2016

Details of all our activities from last year can be found in our Annual Review 2016


IMS announces their new President: Sir Simon Rattle, OM CBE

We are thrilled that Sir Simon Rattle has accepted Steven Isserlis's invitation to become the new President of IMS Prussia Cove. 


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 2, The Cottage
Old Paradise Yard
20 Carlisle Lane
London SE1 7LG
Tel: +44 (0)20 7620 4449

Or use our contact form

Registered Charity Number: 270204

Registered office: 32 Grafton Square, London SW4 0DB

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