Piano Summer Schools in the UK for Young Pianists.

There are many fantastic Piano Summer Schools for children aged 6 – 18 where you can have one-on-one tuition and Masterclasses with professors from prestigious music colleges such as The Royal College of Music. You also have the opportunity to perform in lots of concerts as well as making new friends who share your passion for the piano. These courses are an amazing learning experience and I highly recommend all serious pianists to attend at least one of the courses listed below. Parents attend all courses for children aged 16 and under.

Here are my picks of the best piano Summer Schools:


London Piano Masters at The Royal College of Music
Dates: Tuesday 10th – Sunday 15th of July, 2012
Price: £320
Deadline: 30th of June, 2012
Website: London Piano Masters 

The London Piano Masters offer a “Children’s Corner”, a course especially designed for younger pianists aged 6 – 10 playing up to Grade 6. A specifically chosen set of classes, workshops and concerts takes place in an atmosphere full of joy and excitement. The culmination of the masterclass is a competition at the end of the week. Competition entry is optional.


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North London Piano School at The Purcell School (Residential)
Dates: Sunday 12th – Sunday 19th August, 2012
Price: £450 – 4 days or £595.00 – 7 days including meals and accommodation
Deadline: 30th of May, 2012
Website: North London Piano School

The North London Piano School runs an annual International Summer Course and concurrently auditions for the London International Music Competition hosted by the Purcell School in Watford, London.

The final concert is held at Duke’s Hall in the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, in the heart of London.

The Purcell School is a specialist music school for children and is the oldest specialist music school in the UK. The school was awarded the UNESCO Mozart Medal in 2003, which was received on behalf of the school by Prince Charles, who is a patron of the school. Many of the pupils subsequently study at Royal College of Music or Royal Academy of Music. The Purcell School has the highest fees of any independent school (including Eton College and Harrow school) in the UK: as at November 2009, the annual fees amounted to £29,577. However, most of the students receive significant bursaries/scholarships from the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme.



Chetham’s Summer School for Pianists, Manchester (Residential)
Dates: Sunday 12th – Sunday 19th August, 2012
Price: £450 – 4 days or £595.00 – 7 days including meals and accommodation
Deadline: 30th of May, 2012
Website: Chetham’s Summer School for Pianists

The Chetham’s International Piano Summer School is a source of inspiration, fun, insight and focus for everyone who enjoys the piano and piano playing.  Now in its eleventh year, it continues to grow and develop as a ‘piano republic of equals’.   There is no elitism on the course, though everyone is extremely serious about piano playing.

There is no other summer school that manages to cater for the universal: Adult amateurs, promising children and observers are as welcome on the course as concert pianists, international young artists preparing for top competitions, and professional music teachers.

Chetham’s is a specialist independent co-educational music school that educates students between the ages of 8 and 18. Admission is based solely on an audition to demonstrate musical potential and talent.


BIPA Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham International Piano Academy at Birmingham Conservatoire
Updated as BIPA is not running in 2012.

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