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Explore your love for music with this essential guide to educational courses throughout the UK - whether you're looking to launch a new career or just want to indulge your passion.Click the points on the map to find an institution near you.

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Benslow Music

Benslow Music, conveniently situated in the market town of Hitchin, thirty miles north of London, offers a wide range of some 160 short residential music courses for non-professional musicians of all ages and abilities, from beginners to near-professional level, throughout the year both during the week and at weekends. Its hand-picked tutors include some of the most famous names in the music business, while its hospitality and musical facilities are second to none and its gardens are outstandingly beautiful.

For those within easy travelling distance, there are also frequent world-class concerts, mainly but not exclusively of chamber music.

Tel: 01462 459446

Musicians Insurance Services

Established in 1974 we provide cover to anyone in the music or entertainment business.

• All Risk Insurance for Musical Intruments and Equipment.

• UK/UE or full worldwide cover. You can select to include or exclude thaft from vehicles. We offer reduced rates for Folk Musicians.

• Combined Equipment & Public Liability cover from £76.50 per year for individual musicians.

• Public Liability for bands/ Entertainers /DJ's on an annual basis or just one night.

• Public & Employers Liability for festivals /concerts & events /Summer Schools /Craft fairs.

• Business travel cover for musicians that includes cover whilst working.

• Bespoke scheme for recording studio's /rehearsal rooms.

Queen's Gate

Independent Day School for Girls from 4 to 18 years

Queen's Gate School offers girls a friendly, supportive environment, where individuality is nurtured, academic standards are high and where a broad based curriculum ensures a well rounded education.

Please see our website for details of Open Events for 2013 entry to the Senior and Junior Schools.

For a prospectus, or to make a private visit to the School, please contact the Registrar, Miss Janette Micklewright, on +44 20 7594 4982 or email,


Dean Close School

The internationally renowned Carducci Quartet has recently joined a very strong Music Department at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, as its new Head of Strings. Other departmental highlights include performances of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto no. 2, Mozart’s Concerti for Flute & Violin, Verdi’s Requiem, Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, a choir tour to Vienna & Salzburg and a new CD ‘O Be Joyful’. The strong tradition of Oxbridge organ & choral awards continues to uphold the 100% pass rate at A level.

Tel: 01242 258044

University of Oxford Music Summer Schools

The Choral Singing Summer School and the Opera Summer School are taking place at the University Oxford for the very first time in Summer 2017. The summer schools will take place at the beautiful St. Stephen’s House, Oxford’s former Anglican monastery, which boasts some of the University’s finest acoustics.

Tel: 44 (0)1865 280358

Westminster School

Westminster School, in the heart of London, has a thriving Music Department and the Music Scholars play a key role in the musical life of the school. Up to eight 13+ and four 16+ music scholarships may be awarded annually. Candidates must audition for the scholarships, offering at least two instruments and demonstrating a high level of general musicianship and great potential for development. In addition to this, as with all other entrants, pupils hoping to gain a music scholarship must also win a place at the school on academic merit, performing well in the entrance exams and interviews. The Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey also kindly support a 16+ Henry Purcell Organ Scholarship at Westminster School worth 10% of the current day fees.

A Music Scholar will receive a 10% remission of the day fee, whether a day pupil or a boarder, and will also receive free tuition on up to two instruments. Similarly to the academic scholarships, an additional bursary can be awarded on a means-tested basis if required.

Tel: 020 7963 1017

Forest School

A happy school of high academic attainment which understands the rich inter-relationship between the curricular, the co-curricular and the pastoral. Forest has an outstanding Music Department with excellent A Level and GCSE results - many pupils continuing to take up choral and organ scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and to study at Conservatoire after finishing school. More than 90 performance opportunities annually, ranging from lunchtime recitals to formal evening concerts giving pupils of all abilities the opportunity to gain experience on the concert stage. A generous number of Music Scholarships and Exhibitions are available at 11+ and 16+.


Tel: 020 8520 1744

City Lit

Based in central London, City Lit is the UK’s largest provider of part-time courses for adults, with government funding to keep fees low. Our music department was recently graded 'outstanding' by Ofsted inspectors and offers courses from beginner to professional levels in:

• Instrumental learning
• Jazz & popular music
• Ear training, harmony and musicianship
• Singing & piano (classical & contemporary)
• Music software & technology
• Composing & arranging
• Professional development
• Music appreciation
• Music Foundation & Access to Higher Education

Tel: 020 7492 2630


A co-educational 11-18 boarding school, Haileybury has earned an excellent reputation as one of the country’s most exciting senior school music departments. Girls and boys are welcomed at 11+, 13+ and 16+ and scholarships are available to pupils who are enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated to their music.

• Special support for talented musicians • IB, A Level and GCSE Music • Five choirs • Close harmony group • Choral society • Orchestras • Bands (including Wind and three Jazz Bands) • Thriving chamber music programme • Overseas music tours • Extensive programme of concerts in prestigious venues

For further information, please contact Director of Music, Quentin Thomas.

Tel: 01992 706264

ACFEA - Performing Arts Tours

ACFEA specialises in tailor-made concert tours for performing arts groups. Our global network of musicians and experts opens doors to the best venues and performance opportunities for choirs, orchestras and bands. ACFEA is a division of Specialised Travel, the leading provider of travel services to the professional performing arts world.

Tel: +44 20 8799 8360


Birmingham Conservatoire

At Birmingham Conservatoire we have been training musicians to the highest professional standards since 1886. Our focus is on preparing talented individuals to gain the skills and versatility needed to become employable music professionals. In 2017 we move into our £57 million new building. This will be a conservatoire of the digital age, and as such it has been carefully designed with facilities that will put us at the forefront of music education.

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5901

Morley College

We offer part-time day and evening music courses for adults, for complete beginners to the more advanced musician. From accordion to pop singing to samba bands, and absolutely everything in between, studying at Morley offers a unique opportunity to explore the world of music. Here you will find courses on wind, strings or brass, folk music, jazz singing, harpsichord and latin percussion, as well as classes on music theory and history. Music at Morley has a long and distinguished history, with accomplished composers, vocalists and instrumentalists among our list of previous and current tutors.

Tel: 020 7450 1889

Thomastik Infeld Vienna

Thomastik-Infeld has been producing handmade strings for almost 100 years, constantly thriving for innovation and improvement. World-class musicians around the globe trust the sound and quality of our extraordinary strings. The combination of handmade craftsmanship, engineering excellence and a highly passionate team is the secret to our success.

The Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University

The Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University offers a pioneering array of dual-degree and double-major opportunities for students whose intellectual curiosity matches their passion for music. Located north of Chicago, the Bienen School has an enrollment of approximately 620 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-renowned faculty of 125.

Tel: 847-491-3141

City University

City University London’s Centre for Music Studies is one of the UK’s leading university environments for the study of music. Students from around the world are taking our undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees.

STARTING SEPTEMBER 2012: • BMus Music • MA Music Specialist pathways in: Ethnomusicology; Performance; Composing Music for Moving Images • MPhil/PhD Music

Why City? • Graduate employability • Internationally excellent staff • Top-class performance tuition* • First-rate facilities • Central London location

*private lessons with tutors from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for qualifying students on the BMus Music and MA Music (Performance pathway)

Tel: +44 20 7040 8284

Bromsgrove School

Music at Bromsgrove School is vibrant and inclusive. There are opportunities to perform in many different styles at a variety of levels, whether as a member of the Chapel Choir, at an informal lunchtime recital, an Orchestral and Concerto Concert or an Evening of Jazz and Popular Music. Music Scholarships are offered at 11+, 13+ and 16+. The teaching of music and the performance of musical and drama productions will be greatly enhanced with the opening of a new Performing Arts Centre in September 2017.

OCR Music

‘From rap to classical, instrumental to technical, our diverse, practical and inclusive approach means you can engage students and encourage individual expression. And it’s not all about them. We have plenty of teaching and learning resources and subject expert advice to support you throughout the year.’

Tel: 02476 851 509

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