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International Musicians Seminar

Application Information

Information for applying to and attending the Master Classes

"To me this is one of the music beautiful and inspiring places in the world. It certainly is my favourite place to teach and make music." Thomas Riebl


The deadline for applications for the 2020 Masterclasses is Monday 25 November 2019

Please note that the size of the classes is limited. 

What is required:

  • Completed online application form. Ensemble applications - each member must fill in a form.  
  • AUDIO recording in MP3 FORMAT* of two or three contrasting works (approx 20 mins in total, movements from different works are acceptable) need to be uploaded with the online application form (this should be done over a stable internet connection to prevent the loss of form data).
  • Written recommendations from two master musicians. These can also be uploaded with the online application form, or emailed references received directly from the referee are also accepted. Please send to: admin[at]
  • Bursary application form (if applicable - see details about applying for bursaries below). Ensembles: each member must fill in a bursary application form if each member is to be considered for a bursary. 
  • Non-returnable registration fee of £30. Please pay by credit card here (please note a 3% transaction fee will be added). If you wish to make a bank transfer, details will be emailed to you once you have submitted your application form


Successful applicants will be expected to attend the full course for which they have applied. The full course fee must be paid in all circumstances.


The fees include all tuition and in addition "listener’s" rights to all Masterclasses. They also include board and lodging for the duration of the course, all transport from arrival in Penzance to departure, including to and from the concerts and free tickets to all public concerts.

Masterclasses 2019 fees were: £1050 solo / £1900 duo / £2850 trio / £3800 quartet (the ensemble fees are £950 per person).
These may be adjusted slightly for the 2020 classes.

On acceptance to the Masterclass, a deposit of half the fee will be due. If this deposit is not received by the date requested (early February) your place in the class will be given to someone else. This deposit will not be returned if you cancel your place in the class.


IMS Prussia Cove is unable to offer full scholarships and any financial help that it can give is severely restricted. However, those facing serious financial difficulties should fill in the online Bursary Application form and send it in with their Masterclass Application. Bursary applications should have been received by the same deadline as for the Masterclass application (midday on Friday 23rd November 2018). The number of bursaries available are limited. Bursaries are by no means guaranteed. Students therefore need to be prepared to look for sponsorship elsewhere.

We advise foreign students to contact the British Council in their country and ask whether any funds might be available to attend courses in Britain. 

All applicants who are still studying are advised to ask their music college or conservatoire if there are funds available. 

Help Musicians UK also run a Transmission Fund, details and criteria available here

We urge all applicants to start looking for funding elsewhere as soon as possible.

Bursary applications are considered on an individual basis and ensemble members applying for financial support each need to complete a form. The form must be received no later than the general application deadline if they are to be considered.


The teaching is timetabled in the several large rooms in the main house. There is an experienced pianist in residence for each string class. Participants are encouraged to attend other professors’ classes as listeners.


There are six public concerts in local churches during the seminar. Two of these are given by the Maestri, and the remaining four are given by some of the participating students who are invited to play by the Maestri.

Board and Lodging

Participants live in small cottages on the Porth-en-Alls estate on the Atlantic coast near Penzance. The number of participating musicians is restricted to 60. Meals are taken together in the refectory in the main house.

Music Library

There is a comprehensive stock of chamber music, which we hope musicians will use during the evenings. The sonata and concerto section is NOT well stocked and players should bring their own music.