Summer School of Music


General Information


Resident accommodation consists of single and twin-bedded rooms** and includes all meals.   Keys will be available for these rooms and, if required, may be collected at time of registration on the Sunday upon payment of a £20 (twenty pounds) cash refundable deposit.  All resident students are asked to bring their own soap and towel. For students travelling from abroad or those who have difficulty bringing their own towel, it will be possible to hire one from the school for £5 (five pounds) cash. (Please order towel(s) via the enrolment form or by email prior to the start of the School).     Students wishing to attend on a non-residential basis (with or without meals) will find many websites listing hotels, b&bs and airb&bs that are available in Sherborne.   ** Students attending as part of the SSSM Scholarship Scheme will be accommodated in dormitories.    


You are welcome to arrive at the School from 13.00hrs onwards on each Sunday (28th July / 4th August).  Lunch will be available for those who require it.  Both resident and non-resident students are asked to register their arrival at the Music School Reception and collect their Welcome Envelope.  All students (including those on the Wind Conducting Course and the George Hurst Conductors’ Course, whose first session starts at 14.30hrs on each Sunday) are asked to arrive in time to register, settle into their accommodation (we shall be pleased to accompany you and assist with luggage) and attend Introductions in the Dining Hall at 16.00hrs.   At 16.30hrs, all students will be escorted to their courses and we ask that they bring instruments, etc to Introductions.


The summer school of music’s Bar will be located in ‘The Hub’.   The License obtained by Sherborne School (‘the Licensee’), to cover ‘The Hub’ and the other areas of the School we shall use for additional social events, specifies that only alcohol purchased from the Licensee may be consumed on their premises and we ask that you be considerate of this fact.


Upon arrival, you will be given a badge to wear which will identify you by your name, course and instrument/voice, etc.  We ask that you wear this at all times so that Sherborne School’s custodians (security staff) may recognise you as being a member of the summer school of music.  In addition, if your dietary status/condition is anything other than ‘standard’, your badge will be colour-coded to reflect this, which will assist the catering staff when serving you your meals.  Please ensure that we are aware of your dietary status/condition upon enrolment and at least two weeks prior to the start of the school.

Administration Office

Sherborne Summer School of Music, Oakcroft, Water Lane, South Godstone, Surrey RH9 8JX, UK

Tel:  +44 (0) 1342 893963    email:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us

Information Request Form

Contact Us

Covid Protocol

It is essential that anyone who is unwell, when due to participate at the summer school of music, does not attend.  If you are unwell whilst at the school, and as a precaution to protect our students and staff, you will be asked to leave.  However, if you are a resident student at the school, and leaving early would be impossible, you will be required to isolate, at which time we shall make every effort to keep you comfortable.   

Daily Timetable

08.15 - 09.00

09.15 - 10.45

10.45 - 11.15

11.15 - 12.45

13.15 - 14.00

16.30 - 18.00

18.45 - 19.45


First Session

Morning Coffee

Second Session


Third Session


Your first course session will be on the Sunday at 16.30hrs and the final one will be on the following Saturday at 11.15hrs.  The remainder of each Saturday will be devoted to concerts and an end of week party.

Conducting courses’ students will have additional course sessions during the week, which will be listed in the Welcome Booklet you all receive on arrival.  Many of these additional sessions will use a Repertoire Orchestra, formed by volunteer instrumentalists.  If you wish to volunteer, please do so either via the enrolment form, email or in person to Karen Gedd, orchestra manager, in the Music School Office when you arrive at the School.

Throughout the week each morning before breakfast Monday to Friday, Glyn Williams will hold a half-hour Chi Kung class . The class is open to all students and will teach the gentle Chinese art of meditation and relaxation - a perfect start for the rigours of any Sherborne day. The five sessions will cost £15.00 and a place may be reserved through the Music School Office.

Many of the courses will present public concerts/recitals towards the end of each week.  These will be part of our Concertfest series, details of which will be available via our website shortly before the school starts and also in the Welcome Booklet.


Resident students are requested to vacate their bedrooms before 09.00hrs on the Sunday of their departure, taking all their belongings with them.  Should assistance with luggage be required, please let Maggie, in the Music School Office, know by lunchtime on the Saturday

Enrolment details, Fees and Enrolment Form

We have a minimum student age of 18 years old years.  (Prospective participants in full-time education at the time of making application are recommended to refer to the SSSM Scholarship Scheme)     Early application is recommended, as entries will be accepted in rotation, except in cases where balance must be taken into account.  Upon receipt of an Application Form, the Summer School Office will be in touch either by telephone, email or post, within five working days.

Conducting Courses’ Observers are able to enrol on any of our conductors’ courses taking an active part in elements of the course as detailed in each course description. Because of the active involvement in these courses observers are expected to be at every session of the course throughout the week.  General Observers will be welcome to enrol each week for any or all of our courses other than the Composers’ Workshop course. General Observers can move between courses but will not participate in any of the activities other than those open to the whole school (e.g. Choral Workshops etc.).  They are expected to arrive at a course before the beginning of each session and not leave until after the end. They must not join the main body of the course and must refrain from conversation or any activity which will disturb the course includng photography, video recording and any form of sound recording.

Registration Fee    Upon submitting an application to attend the summer school of music and it being accepted, you will be requested to make payment of a non-refundable registration fee of £175.00 which will be required prior to the enrolment being processed.  

Fees per week (inclusive of the registration fee)

All fees quoted include VAT, at the prevailing rate, at the time of enrolment

Resident students - fees include tuition (participants only), all meals, single/twin-bedded accommodation and admission to all concerts, workshops and lectures for seven nights, Sunday to Saturday, inclusive

Participant  £915.00      Observer  £750.00

Accommodation supplement (extra per person each week)

Single and Twin bedded rooms with handbasin :  £108.00

Non Resident students taking meals in the School -  fees include tuition (participants only), morning coffee, lunch and dinner and admission to all concerts, workshops and lectures, Sunday to Saturday inclusive

Participant  £726.00    Observer  £534.00


Non Resident students not taking meals in the School -  fees include tuition (participants only) and admission to all concerts, workshops and lectures, Sunday to Saturday inclusive

Participant   £507.00    Observer   £342.00   


You are advised to place some form of identification on instrument cases and are reminded that we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage to instruments. Please ensure that all instruments and personal belongings brought to the school are adequately insured.

Music Stands

Music Stands will be provided

Payment of Fees

Payment should be made either by

(a) by bank transfer to

The Co-Operative Bank

Sort Code 08-92-99

Account no. 69735303.

Account name  Sherborne Summer School of Music

IBAN    GB35 CPBK 0892 9969735303


(b) by Visa or Mastercard, or

(c) by a cheque drawn in Sterling on a British bank and made payable to Sherborne Summer School of Music

An invoice for the balance of fees will be provided with confirmation of enrolment and is to be paid no later than 14 June 2023  Thereafter no refunds can be made and we recommend that you take out insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances.

Applicants accepted after 14 June 2024 will be required to pay their balance of fees invoice upon receipt.

Payment of Fees by instalments

Upon receipt of the balance of fees invoice, it will be possible to settle the amount payable by instalments. Please contact the Administrator to discuss a suitable payment plan.


Pets cannot be accommodated.

Privacy and Marketing policies

Privacy policy

This privacy policy sets out how “Maecenas Music Limited” uses and protects any information that you give “Maecenas Music Limited” when you use this website to request information from or enrol in the Sherborne Summer School of Music

“Maecenas Music Limited” is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

“Maecenas Music Limited” may change this policy by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from November 2023.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

 Name, contact information, age, dietary preferences and health/mobility issues

 Music interests, abilities and experience

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

 Internal record keeping.

 We may periodically send literature or a promotional email about the summer school of music to the mailing address or email address which you have provided


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

 whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by us for direct marketing purposes

 if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998.. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to Oakcroft, Water Lane, South Godstone, Ssurrey  RH9 8JX, UK  If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Marketing policy

During our summer schools of music at Sherborne we, or others on our behalf, have taken or will take photographs of our courses in session, concerts and recitals, which may or may not include your image.  Such photographs may be used by us, for advertising and marketing purposes, on social media and in print.If you would prefer that any photograph, thus used, does not include you, please let us know by contacting Maggie in the Music School Office when you arrive at the School.

Maecenas Music Limited t/a Sherborne Summer School of Music  2024

Private Lessons

Private lessons with members of the teaching staff, Alexander Technique and Chi Kung (with Glyn Williams) and score learning skills (with John Longstaff) will be available out of session time and can be booked at the summer school in the summer school office.

Sports Facilities

Sherborne School boasts a superb sports centre with a 25m swimming pool and a fitness suite for which our students are granted temporary membership and thus pay reduced entrance fees to the various facilities.  You will need to wear your badge to gain entrance as a temporary member.

Full details of this Scheme (including the Application Form), available to those in full-time education at the time of making application, are to be found under SSSM Scholarship Scheme

SSSM Scholarship Scheme

Car Parking

The School’s main courtyard is available as a car park for all students.  Parking is not available at the accommodation houses, although unloading and loading of luggage there is permitted, after which cars must be removed to the main courtyard. We shall appreciate knowing the registration number of your car if you plan to park it on School premises.

Travel by train

If you are travelling by train to Sherborne Station, we shall be meeting trains with a Summer School bus, on the Sunday, from midday until 15.30hrs. Passengers arriving at the Station on the London train will be required to carry their luggage up and down the stairs of a footbridge in order to reach the exit.  If you will need assistance, please let us know before your arrival.   The bus will take students back to the Station on their final Sunday at 09.00hrs

Wednesday Night Dinner Dance and Cabaret

There will be a dinner dance each Wednesday evening (dress - smart casual).  As the dinner will be served at table, tables will be allocated to each course for the purpose of identifying where ‘non-standard’ diets are sitting.  If you would wish to sit on another course’s table, or it is your intention not to attend the dinner, do please Maggie know in the Music School Office by lunchtime on Monday.  If you are not having meals at the school but would like to attend the dinner, talk to Maggie in the summer school office, again at lunchtime on Monday.

During the course of the evening, there will be a Cabaret, and those wishing to take part should let the Music School Office know before first session on Wednesday.

Chi Kung

Choral Workshops

Choral Workshop 2
Puccini’s Messa di Gloria

Amy Bebbington conductor

On Sunday evening the 4th of August, Amy Bebbington will direct an open rehearsal with orchestra of Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. All members of the school are welcome and encouraged to take part, copies will be provided.

Choral Workshop 1

Brahms, German Requiem, Op.45
Greg Hallam conductor

As an added ‘choral extra’ on the first night of this year’s course, everyone in the summer school is invited to take part in a scratch rehearsal and performance, conducted by Greg Hallam, of a large choral work with orchestra [copies will be provided]. This year we will rehearse and perform Brahm’s German Requiem, Op.45

Concert Dress

Instrumentalists attending the Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra are asked to wear black for concerts.  Choristers attending both Cappella and Choral Masterpieces are also asked to wear black for concerts and to have a black folder for their music.  Members of The Lighter Side Choral Course are asked to wear a ‘loud’ outfit for their concert and have a music folder.

Administrative Staff

Malcolm Binney, Director of Music

Maggie Barton Wilby, Administrator

Paul Vowles, assistant director of music

Elizabeth French, assistant administrator

Karen Gedd, orchestral manager

Jane Williams, assistant orchestral manager

Summer School of Music Location

28 July to 11 August 2024

Sherborne Summer School of Music, Sherborne School,

Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3AP


Telephone  +44 (0) 1935 810459

Summer School Notice Boards

Two notice boards will be on display close to the summer school office.  

One will list the current day’s activities and, if  necessary, highlight any changes to the timetable or concert venues.  There will be the Piano Practice Chart, on which students may book a piano practice room in the Music School for personal use at the times specified.  Also, if there is to be a Repertoire Orchestra session that day , there will be a list of the names of the players needed.  If you find it inconvenient to take the place allocated, please inform the summer music school office by end of coffee break.

The other notice board will be for use by.our students and, in particular, will be found to be a convenient way for those wishing to organise ad hoc music making during free time.

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