Study visits

Cellos at Belle Serre is perhaps unique in offering what we call cello-holidays, an opportunity to visit the south of France for a few days and to immerse yourself in cello playing.

Lowri Blake welcomes cellists of all ages and abilities for individual tuition, and groups for chamber music coaching.

 Students come from all over the world, usually booking two to four days of lessons; some are cellists about to enter the music profession as performers and teachers, while others are keen amateurs looking to develop their technical skills and musical imagination.

 Lowri also works with many cellists who have recently taken up the cello as adults, or have come back to playing again after a break, having played as teenagers but gone on to work in other fields – it’s never too late to enjoy learning the cello!

 A basic study visit includes three hours of lessons each day, with time to practise and to consolidate work done in the lessons, or to play duets and practise some sight-reading with Lowri. Each visit is tailored to suit your needs. Guests can book additional lessons, or simply take time to enjoy Castres and the surrounding countryside. Whether you are looking for a single lesson or for an intensive few days of tuition, contact Lowri to discuss the best options for you and she will help you plan your lessons to suit your individual needs.

 Fees for a basic study visit: 350 euros per day (includes three hours of lessons, overnight accommodation and meals)

Additional lessons can be booked at 100 euros per hour.

A pianist is available to accompany individual lessons as required – availability and fees on application.

 Lessons are also available via Skype: if you don’t have time to travel, but would like tuition, contact Lowri to arrange a session via the internet, and for prices and availabilty.

See what people are saying about Belle Serre study visits. More testimonials here.

Inspiration and practical advice

I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all the inspiration and practical advice that you gave me! I very much hope that I will be able to come back again next year.
2016-03-08T20:43:56+00:00
I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all the inspiration and practical advice that you gave me! I very much hope that I will be able to come back again next year.

Emotion and pleasure

Only having learnt this magnificent instrument for three months, but being extremely motivated, I decided to do a weekend cello course. I was warmly welcomed into a house made for music. The weekend allowed me to consolidate the technical skills I had already acquired, and to acquire new ones in group and individual lessons. But, above all, I discovered all the emotion and pleasure of playing with other musicians. This year I’m coming back! But for a whole week this time!!!
2016-03-08T20:46:07+00:00
Only having learnt this magnificent instrument for three months, but being extremely motivated, I decided to do a weekend cello course. I was warmly welcomed into a house made for music. The weekend allowed me to consolidate the technical skills I had already acquired, and to acquire new ones in group and individual lessons. But, above all, I discovered all the emotion and pleasure of playing with other musicians. This year I’m coming back! But for a whole week this time!!!

Wonderful four days

‘Thanks very much for a wonderful four days. Your help, insights and patience were inspiring ..  I am already looking forward to my next visit to Belle Serre.’
2016-03-08T20:46:41+00:00
‘Thanks very much for a wonderful four days. Your help, insights and patience were inspiring ..  I am already looking forward to my next visit to Belle Serre.’

Good fun

‘Thank you, Lowri, and thank you, everyone, for the musical inspiration and advice, and good fun – it was wonderful to spend time with you all.’
2016-03-08T20:47:21+00:00
‘Thank you, Lowri, and thank you, everyone, for the musical inspiration and advice, and good fun – it was wonderful to spend time with you all.’

Much more confident about my playing

‘A very sincere thank you for the time in Belle Serre. It was a really lovely few days, inspiring and encouraging, with some brilliant company. I am feeling so much better about my playing and much more confident. Thank you for all the insight into technique, relaxation and breathing. I know we will be back!’
2016-03-08T20:48:03+00:00
‘A very sincere thank you for the time in Belle Serre. It was a really lovely few days, inspiring and encouraging, with some brilliant company. I am feeling so much better about my playing and much more confident. Thank you for all the insight into technique, relaxation and breathing. I know we will be back!’

Study visit

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Study visit - piano trio

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