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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 was Monday 25 November 2019

Please read the following information and then apply using the application form.

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 (either in .pdf or .doc format or written in an email itself. We cannot open .pages documents!)
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  • Bursary application form (if applicable - see details about applying for bursaries below). Ensembles: each member who would like to be considered for a bursary must fill in a separate bursary form. We will not offer 'ensemble' bursaries.
  • Non-returnable registration fee of £30. Please pay by credit or debit 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 2020: £1075 solo / £1944 duo / £2916 trio / £3888 quartet (the ensemble fees are £972 per person).

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.


We have limited funds to offer as bursary support, but we will do our best to ensure that every student who is accepted onto the course is able to attend. Therefore, if you are facing financial difficulties which would prevent you from being able to pay the course fee, please fill in the online Bursary Application form and submit this with your Masterclass Application. The number of bursaries available are limited, and a bursary is by no means guarenteed, so we do urge you to look elsewhere for funding too. Please make sure you clearly explain your financial situation and why you need bursary funding, so that we can offer support to those most in need.

The Bursary application deadline is the same as for the Masterclass application (midday on Monday 25th November 2019). Please make sure you submit on time in order to be considered for bursary support.

Bursary applications are considered on an individual basis and ensemble members applying for financial support each need to complete a form.

The Bursary Application Form can be found here.

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.

Please make every effort to secure funds elsewhere if you can.


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.