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International Musicians Seminar

Open Chamber Music

Open Chamber Music 2020, 6th to 27th September

"It means so much to musicians to come to IMS Prussia Cove. It's quite unique, and having been to some of the leading festivals of the world, I have enough experience to compare them. We can get together here, away from the hectic music business and concentrate on music itself." Sir András Schiff

This seminar takes place every September for three weeks and has been running since 1976. International musicians of the highest level come together to sustain Sándor Végh’s original idea of a professor playing with his students.

Participation in the Open Chamber Music Seminar is by invitation and many of the young performers taking part are the most promising players from the spring Masterclasses.The seminar is divided into three separate weeks, with forty musicians taking part each week, rehearsing and performing sixty different chamber music works over the whole seminar. There are three public concerts each weekend in local venues and churches in the West Penwith area of Cornwall.

The groups decide during the week whether they are ready and want to perform - programmes are decided and announced to the public at the last minute. Each ensemble is made up of experienced, senior musicians and younger players – all contributing and working together to explore the chamber music repertoire. It is an opportunity for musicians to escape the pressures of a busy concert schedule and take time to learn new repertoire with new people in an unpressured environment.

As well as the giving public concerts, musicians also undertake some education work in local schools during Open Chamber Music.

There are always 9 public concerts during the seminar: Friday, Saturday and Sunday in each of the 3 weeks. Venues and booking information can be found on our Concerts page when available. Participants and repertoire for the three weeks will be announced during August, but in the meantime, if you would like to see who attended and what was played last year, please click on the following links: Participants and Repertoire.