Applying to ChamberStudio


The Minerva Piano Trio with Anthony Marwood. Photo c Marc Gascoigne

The Minerva Piano Trio with Anthony Marwood. Photo c Marc Gascoigne


ChamberStudio is open to young professional chamber groups no longer supported in further education. We welcome applications from all instrument combinations.


When you apply you will be invited to a Consultation with Artistic Director Richard Ireland. This also serves as an audition for groups applying to ChamberStudio for the first time. The Consultation consists of a one-hour coaching session followed by a 30-minute discussion to agree details of the programme – including the following decisions:

  • Central goals – the specific aspects of playing that the group most wants, or needs, to focus on and improve, and what repertoire to include
  • Choice of Professor
  • The ideal number of masterclass sessions for the programme
  • A time span for the programme. For the Autumn Programmes the last session should take place before 31 December 2017

We schedule the Consultation as a two-hour session in order to allow time for the group to discuss these decisions amongst themselves. Final decisions will then be agreed with Richard by the end of the Consultation.

Study Programme

After the Consultation, each Study Programme comprises a tailor-made set of between three and six three-hour masterclasses with a ChamberStudio Professor, and concludes with a Review session. The Review doubles up as a Consultation for those groups wanting to plan a new Study Programme to follow on from their existing one.

The masterclasses are held at Kings Place, our home base, which gives you the opportunity to play and work in front of a small audience. They will normally take place on weekday evenings or weekend afternoons.

Groups accepted onto the scheme might also be invited to attend a three-day intensive Residency, to participate in our Visiting Professor Series, or to play in one of our Hall One Masterclasses.


Consultation/Review (90 minutes, but scheduled as two hours to allow time for internal group discussion): £60

Study Programme masterclass (three hours): £120

Masterclass with Christoph Richter. Photo c Marc Gascoigne

Masterclass with Christoph Richter. Photo c Marc Gascoigne

Residency: variable cost

Visiting Professor Series Masterclass (three hours): £160 (includes £40 towards extra expenses)

Hall One Masterclass (75 minute slot): £160

How to apply

If your group is interested in a ChamberStudio Study Programme please complete our application form.

We look forward to welcoming you to ChamberStudio