Chilingirian Quartet Summer School West Dean 2018

Chilingirian String Ensemble Summer School
18 to 22 July 2018

The chance for amateur, young professional or student quartets or ensembles, to work closely with the celebrated Chilingirian Quartet.

Study a repertoire of your own choice, with intensive, yet informal, daily coaching from the inspirational Chilingirian Quartet.

Participate in collaborative ensemble playing sessions in the evenings and attend a public concert by the Chilingirian Quartet. An informal student recital will round off the course on the final afternoon. Generous bursaries are available for music students and young professionals.

Bursaries are available for students aged 16 -24. Download a bursary application form.

To book online please use the link below, please also complete the musical details form at the time of booking and return to West Dean College.

The Chilingirian Quartet will perform Haydn Op 50 No 6, Beethoven Op 135,
Beethoven Op 59 No 1 on Saturday 21 July, 8pm £15. Book the Concert

Find out more about the Summer School and Book Online


Chilingirians Mozart, Haydn quartets & quintets weekend at the Castle Hotel, Taunton April 2018

The Chilingirian Quartet – Haydn and Mozart: String Quartets and Quintets

The Chilingirian Quartet has performed many times at The Castle Hotel – this will be their thirteenth appearance since 1978. The event takes place 13 – 15 Apr 2018. Stay at the Castle Hotel over the weekend where all the events take place.

Book this tour Martin Randell Travel. Full details and booking can be found at their website by clicking this link 


Guest viola player Prunella Pacey is currently a member of the Arto Ensemble and Cugnon Consort, and a former member of the Allegri String Quartet. She has performed internationally and recorded extensively, and is currently consultant viola teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

The programme for the weekend needs barely any introduction. It is dedicated to two giants of chamber music, and particularly of string ensemble repertoire: Mozart and Haydn.

A programme of Mozart and Haydn quartets and quintets, with enlightening pre-concert talks by Richard Wigmore, a music writer, lecturer and broadcaster for BBC Radio 3. He writes for BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone and has taught classes in Lieder history and interpretation at the Guildhall, Trinity College of Music and Birkbeck College. He read French and German at Cambridge and later studied Music at the Guildhall. His publications include Schubert: the complete song texts and Pocket Guide to Haydn.

Stay for two nights at the ever-welcoming Castle Hotel in Taunton, where all the events of the weekend take place.

Testimonials include:

‘A varied programme with stunning performances – interesting and accessible.’
‘It was absolutely a great privilege to hear these works played by this quartet.’
‘A particularly good weekend: a well balanced programme.
Everything is thought of and works like clockwork. No hidden extras. First class speakers and performers.’
We love The Castle Hotel. Bedrooms extremely comfortable, good food and a very friendly atmosphere.’

Concert 1: Friday 13 April, 6.00pm

Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm
Haydn, Quartet in D, Op.50 No.6
Mozart, Quintet No.1 in B flat, K.174
Mozart, Quintet No.3 in C, K.515

Concert 2: Saturday 14 April, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am
Mozart, Quartet in B flat, K.458, The Hunt
Haydn, Quartet in C, Op.54 No.2
Mozart, Quintet No.5 in D, K.593

Concert 3: Saturday 14 April, 6.00pm

Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm
Mozart, Quartet No.15 in D minor, K.421
Mozart, Quintet No.2 in C minor, K.406
Mozart, Quintet No.4 in G minor, K.516

Concert 4: Sunday 15 April, 11.00am

Pre-concert talk at 10.30am
Haydn, Quartet in D minor, Op.42
Haydn, Quartet in G, Op.77 No.1
Mozart, Quintet No.6 in E flat, K.614


Music Appreciation Saturday 18th June 2016 – Mozart & Beethoven masterpieces explored


Music Appreciation day – Mozart & Beethoven Saturday 18th June, Chorleywood, just north of London

Mozart K464 & Beethoven’s Op. 18 No.5

Levon talks about Mozart’s K464 and Beethoven’s Op.18 No.5 which are the subject of an entertaining, stimulating Saturday afternoon in Chorleywood:
“Before Beethoven had even written a quartet, he copied the Finale of Mozart’s A Major into his sketchbook, exclaiming, “Now this is a GREAT work!”  The longest and most Beethovenian of Mozart’s works, perhaps in trying to emulate and please Haydn, Mozart almost changed his style to produce a work of extraordinary creativity and textures. Beethoven paid his homage and tribute to Mozart by echoing many of its ideas”


This day will focus on two great quartets: Mozart K464 And Beethoven Op 18 No 5. The Chilingirians will provide a fascinating and enlightening study of Mozart K464 and Beethoven Op 18 No 5 Quartets, that aims to illustrate what a touching tribute Beethoven paid to Mozart’s most daring quartet!

Chorleywood church venue for Music appreciation day The day is hosted at Chorleywood Free church, a lovely 1905 Arts & Crafts church with excellent acoustics. The venue has disabled access and facilities. There is on street free parking. Talk, audience questions, musical illustration and an informal performance of the two pieces by the Chilingirian Quartet.

Saturday 18th June 2016
10.30am – 4.30pm, Chorleywood Free Church
Cost £53
Students & under 18s £25



10.30am Registration & Coffee
11.00am Morning session
12.45pm Lunch
2.00pm Afternoon session
3.15pm Tea
3.45pm Informal recital 4.30pm Day ends

Pay using our secure Paypal facility button below. (Includes lunch, tea/ coffee and booking fee). Venue is disabled accessible including facilities

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 Price £53.00

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 Reduced Rate Student Tickets

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The venue is a 10 mins walk from Chorleywood train station via the tube (Metropolitan line from Baker Street) or The Chiltern line from Marylebone

Chilingirian Quartet West Dean Music Summer School 12-16 July 2017

music summer school by the Chilingirian QuartetMusic Summer school 12-16th July 2017

Our Music Summer school for string quartets and ensembles takes place at West Dean College each year. Since its first year in 1983, many quartets and ensembles – student, amateur and professional – have benefitted from the immersive and supportive learning experience offered on the summer school. Many have used the course as a final preparation for important international competitions and concert engagements.

Generous bursaries offered by the College..

for quartets/ ensembles of music students or young professional players.
– Application deadline 30 April 2017

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A maximum of seven string quartets or ensembles are accepted to the course, each year.
Each of the participating quartets/ensembles enjoy:
 Concentrated study and daily coaching sessions with each tutor
 A practice room allocated to each quartet/ensemble for the week
 Performance opportunities and student concerts
 Informal playing with tutors
 Complimentary tickets to both concerts given by the Chilingirian Quartet, during the week
“The quartet are wonderful teachers… the coaching sessions are demanding, but laughter filled. We get great ideas and use them throughout the year. The joy of playing quartets is paramount. In the evenings we socialize in the bar area discussing topics ranging from old music recordings to current football stars. All four are wise, knowlegable and funny” (student feedback)


The Chilingirian Quartet give a concert on Saturday 8pm 15 July 2017 featuring Mozart ‘The Hunt’,
K 458, Elgar Quartet, Beethoven Op 18 No 6. Additional tickets may be purchased via the Events page at Event code QT7256 £15

These are in addition to the performance opportunities offered to the summer school students during the week.

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The Chilingirian Quartet is one of the most famous names in British chamber music with an international reputation forged over 4 decades. Formed in 1971 by Levon Chilingirian, Mark Butler, Simon Rowland-Jones and Philip De Groote, all recent students at the RCM, the quartet brings a wealth of musical history, tradition and relationships with the greatest names in world chamber music from the 20th century and this informs their practice today.
Tradition, subtlety, verve and insight characterise their approach. Levon’s early influences include Manoug Parikian, Hugh Bean and musicologist Hans Keller. Levon’s career was launched winning the first prizes in both the 1969 BBC Beethoven Competition and the 1971 Munich Duo International Competition. Stephen Orton studied with William Pleeth, is principle cello with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Susie Mészáros studied with Sándor Végh, was principle viola with Camerata Salzburg making her debut at Wigmore Hall in a duo with Yehudi Menuhin in 1977, winning the Gold Medal at the Royal Over-Seas League competition. Ronald Birks studied with Alexandre Moskovsky, formerly of the Hungarian String Quartet. In 1971, he was invited to become second violin of the Lindsay String Quartet, with whom he remained until the quartet’s retirement in 2005, becoming a member of the Chilingirian Quartet in 2009.
Great performers and educators all, their precision, ideas and the wellspring of their art is firmly rooted in the great middle european tradition of chamber music performance.
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