Bryanston International Summer School 2018 19-26 August

The London Suzuki Group International Summer School at Bryanston is a residential summer music course for string players and pianists from 4 to 18 years, for the twenty-eighth year at Bryanston School, set in a beautiful 160 hectare (395 acre) estate at Blandford Forum, Dorset, England. 19-26 August.

Director of Music: Jillian Leddra
Assisted by: Karina MacAlpine
Course Administrator: Philip Wake

 Music programme

The facilities for music at Bryanston are truly outstanding. There is a new music building with many teaching and practice rooms, rehearsal rooms,  and the Elder hall, a beautiful recital hall for children’s concerts, faculty concerts, and chamber music performances. Coade Hall is a separate 600 seat auditorium for the orchestral and group concerts, and all orchestral rehearsals. In addition to the  many fine pianos at Bryanston, we bring 17 rented ones and they all need tuning before we arrive!

The arrival day

The arrival day will be Sunday 19th August, with a play-together, senior orchestral rehearsal and welcome party. Classes start on Monday morning. There will be a 3-hour-a-day music programme for children aged 6 and under, and a 4-hour-a-day programme for those children aged 7 and over. This will include lessons, group lessons, choir, orchestras at various levels, chamber music, multi-keyboard workshop, viola for violinists, Dalcroze, and complementary musicianship classes. Each child’s programme will be tailored according to age and level so please fill in the application form very carefully, particularly where previous experience in orchestras and chamber music is concerned.

Non-Suzuki or ex-Suzuki trained children are welcome

A reasonable understanding of English is recommended. Non-Suzuki or ex-Suzuki trained children are welcome but they should have attained Associated Board Grade 6 or equivalent. Below this level, group lessons will be based on Suzuki repertoire and a fee is payable by players not registered with their national Suzuki association.

Daily concerts

There are daily solo concerts after lunch in the Elder Hall. There will also be other solo performance opportunities scheduled in the Elder Hall when the children are free during the day. There is a separate form if you wish to play a solo in one of these concerts. Please read and complete the form carefully. Those wishing to play a solo must put a recording of themselves performing (with accompaniment where appropriate) onto Youtube. There will be group, orchestral, choir and chamber music, and solo piano concerts on the final weekend. Everyone will be able to perform.

Sport, recreation and art

The school has outstanding sports facilities for use by children and parents during free time. Organised sporting activities for children take place at various times during the day and early evening. The Sports Centre contains a multi-use sports hall, a well equipped gymnasium, a fitness room, 4 squash courts, and 3 fives courts. There are 39 tennis courts throughout the grounds so there is plenty of scope for players of all abilities. Unfortunately the swimming pool is under refurbishment throughout 2017, however there will be new fantastic activities laid on for this year only instead.

Time for parents to relax

There is a designated Art Room with a trained art teacher for children to be creative in their free time. Although there are likely to be in excess of 650 people on the course, the grounds are so extensive that you can always find a quiet spot to relax. There are some lovely walks through the woods and along the banks of the Stour. In the evenings after supper there are faculty concerts and talks. Then the main building comes alive with impromptu groups of parents and faculty playing chamber music, jazz, singing madrigals, ringing handbells or playing recorders. The basement bar (adults only) is the place to start and finish an evening. There is a choir (included in the daily timetable) as well as as an orchestra especially for parents to play in.


The accommodation at Bryanston varies from single rooms to rooms for six. Families are generally housed together in one room or in adjacent rooms. Unaccompanied teenagers are welcome but they must accept the ground rules established by the administration to ensure the safety of all and the smooth running of the course. Infringement of these rules might require a student to return home immediately. If you would like to come unaccompanied please contact Jillian Leddra 07944 501827 ( or Colette Morris 020 7640 9336 ( before applying. Teenagers attending with their parents may prefer to be with the unaccompanied teenagers in their supervised and segregated accommodation but space is limited and this may not always be possible.


An outstanding group of teachers is coming to Bryanston this year. In addition to London Suzuki Group teachers, we always invite some guest teachers from Europe and further afield.


Travelling by air: We will provide transport from Heathrow and Gatwick Airports direct to Bryanston on the morning of the first Sunday departing from the airports at 1100 (depending on arrivals). The price depends upon numbers, but under sevens go free. The return coaches will leave Bryanston at 0930 on the last Sunday arriving at the airports at about 12 noon. Please try to book flights that land before 1015 on the first Sunday and that depart after 1400 on the last Sunday.

Passengers from Central Spain should contact Marleen van de Zande, 915 77 69 51 or 619 619 086 (, who organises a large group from Madrid.

Travelling from London: We will provide a coach from Victoria Station leaving at 11.30 to Bryanston and return coach to Victoria Station leaving Bryanston at 0930.

Travelling by train: The best train station for Bryanston is Salisbury. This is a 40 minute drive from the school and we offer a bus service to meet the< 1115 train leaving Waterloo mainline terminus in London on the first Sunday.

Travelling by road: Bryanston school is outside Blandford Forum on the A354 Salisbury to Dorchester road. The entrance to the school is through an arch off West Street Blandford. A Long driveway leads through the woods to the main building.If you are coming from abroad and need advice, call Philip Wake 07801 482346

Further details including train times will be sent out with the joining instructions.

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