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 for a Mentorship (formerly known as a Study Programme) 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 Mentorship – including the following decisions:

  • Central goals – the specific aspects of playing that the group most wants to focus on, and what repertoire to include
  • Choice of Professor
  • The ideal number of masterclasses
  • A time span. For the Spring 2018 Mentorships the last masterclass should take place before 31 July 2018

We schedule the Consultation as a two-hour session in order to allow up to 30 minutes for the group to discuss these decisions amongst themselves as needed. Final decisions will then be agreed with Richard by the end of the Consultation.


After the Consultation, each Mentorship 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 Mentorship 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

Mentorship 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 Mentorship please get in touch by emailing The deadline for applying for a Spring 2018 Mentorship is 1 December 2017.

We look forward to welcoming you to ChamberStudio