Adult Learners' Event

Dates to be confirmed for Summer 2022

Applications will open soon when we confirm our two day event designed to bring together adult cellists in a smorgasbord of group lessons, masterclasses and chamber music!

This event is aimed at anyone who would like to join in, whether amateur or professional. Would you enjoy a new perspective on your playing? The opportunity to get some feedback from the tutors and your fellow participants?! We will all learn from each other in a relaxed, stress-free environment. The emphasis is on enjoying music making and discovering the joys of cello ensemble. This autumn we ended up with music strewn liberally all over the floor and with lots of music in our heads and cake in our tummies! Come and join the fun.

Presented by Rebecca Gilliver, founder of the Dorset Cello Classes (and honestly, not-at-all-scary principal of the London Symphony Orchestra!) this is a repeat of this year's successful and fun Adult Learners Event, which took place on a Friday evening and all day Saturday.

Cost for the event - £100. By negotiation, if you prefer to attend only one or two of the sessions, we can come up with a suitable reduction. However, for the sake of chamber groups, we hope to keep the numbers the same throughout the weekend.

Proposed schedule -

Friday evening,
- gathering, cello chamber music.
- morning, group warmup; masterclasses (open lessons); discussion on how to be a confident performer.
- afternoon, chamber music, possible private lessons.

Location - Details are on this website here.

How to apply

Please contact me via the email below - include your musical biography, what standard you play to and if there is anything specific you are interested in addressing over the weekend. Standard - anything from a confident grade 4 upwards! Ensembles pieces are adapted to embrace all standards but the course is not suitable for beginners. Places are limited to 8 and due to financial constrants, the course would struggle to run if less than half the spaces are filled.

Covid-19. Obviously it is possible plans may be de-railed by Covid. In that event, all fees would be fully refunded.

Whatever current government policy, we will be following the covid protocols of Church House; we will also have our own protocol depending on the current state of the pandemic next spring. (For example, this year we did lateral flow tests.) Hopefully, by Easter, all will be well, but we managed a face to face course this autumn with no problems.

The email address for enquiries is