Apply for a follow-on Mentorship

Melvyn Tan coaches the Rautio Piano Trio. Photo c Marc Gascoigne

Melvyn Tan coaches the Rautio Piano Trio. Photo c Marc Gascoigne


Each new Mentorship (formerly known as a Study Programme) starts with a Consultation with Richard Ireland. In some cases this may be combined with the Review session from the previous programme. Details of the Mentorship will be discussed – with Richard and among yourselves – including decisions such as:

  • Central goals – the specific aspects of playing that the group most wants to focus on, and what repertoire to work on
  • 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 (or Review) 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 session.


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.

Masterclass with Shmuel Ashkenasi. Photo c Marc Gascoigne

Masterclass with Shmuel Ashkenasi. Photo c Marc Gascoigne


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

Mentorship masterclass (three hours): £120

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

The deadline for applying for an Spring 2018 Mentorship is 1 December 2017. To apply, please get in touch by emailing

We look forward to welcoming you back to ChamberStudio