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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


Masterclasses 2017
The application deadline will be 25 November 2016 for next year's spring Masterclasses. The online application form is not yet availble, but will be as soon as possible. In the meantime, to find out what you need to prepare before filling in the form, please read the information on our Masterclasses page. 


Open Chamber Music 2016 - Autumn Tour
We have started the Autumn Tour and this week will be visiting the brand new Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School (3rd Oct), Champs Hill in West Sussex (4th Oct), and West Road Concert Hall in Cambride (5th Oct) before finishing at the Wigmore Hall (6th Oct). Programme including Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, Glinka Trio pathetique and Brahms' Piano Quartet in C minor - details can be seen on our Autumn Tour page.


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), Judi Barrett (Chairman of Friends of IMS) Nicholas Berwin, Robert Boas, David Cairns, Jonathan Gaisman QC, John Gilhooly OBE, Maria Lucas-Tooth, Frank Mampaey, 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