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 serves as an audition and, for groups accepted to the scheme, will inform the design of your own Study Programme.

Study Programme

A Study Programme comprises a tailor-made set of between three and six coaching sessions with a ChamberStudio Professor. The structure of your programme – the number of sessions, how frequently they are held and so on – will be agreed with Richard Ireland at the outset.

Sessions are held at Kings Place, our home base, which gives you the opportunity to play and work in front of a small audience of observers (though in some circumstances a closed session may be appropriate), as well as preserving our valued link with Kings Place, one of the UK’s great concert venues. Groups accepted under the scheme might also be invited to work with Visiting Professors and to play in one of our bigger public masterclass events.

What happens next?

After the Consultation, details of the Study Programme will be finalised with Richard Ireland. These include decisions such as:

  • Central goals – the specific aspects of playing that the group most wants, or needs, to focus on and improve, and what repertoire to work on
  • The ideal number of sessions for the programme
  • A time span for the programme. For the Autumn Programmes the last session should take place before 31 December 2017
  • Whether it’s suitable for all sessions to be held in public or whether some should be scheduled to be in private.

Your Study Programme will conclude with a Review session with Richard Ireland. If you decide that you would like to start a follow-on Study Programme, the Review will include a discussion of plans for the new programme.

Masterclass with Christoph Richter. Photo c Marc Gascoigne

Masterclass with Christoph Richter. Photo c Marc Gascoigne


Consultation/Review (2 hours): £60

Masterclass or coaching session with ChamberStudio Professor (3 hours): £120

Masterclass with Visiting Professor (3 hours): £160 (includes £40 towards extra expenses)

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