Summer courses reviews

Cellos at Belle Serre is now entering its 10th year and has welcomed several hundred cellists who have many positive experiences to share. Hear what they have to say!

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Perfect in every way

Thank you for a most wonderful week. I knew it would be good, but it exceeded all my expectations. It was perfect in every way.
2016-03-08T18:02:01+00:00
Thank you for a most wonderful week. I knew it would be good, but it exceeded all my expectations. It was perfect in every way.

Delicious meals and wine everyday

Thank you so much for the most wonderful two weeks at Belle Serre. It was such a privilege to share your lovely home, to be looked after by your gorgeous family and to be provided with the most delicious meals and wines everyday! I didn’t want my time at Belle Serre to end.
2016-03-08T18:15:57+00:00
Thank you so much for the most wonderful two weeks at Belle Serre. It was such a privilege to share your lovely home, to be looked after by your gorgeous family and to be provided with the most delicious meals and wines everyday! I didn’t want my time at Belle Serre to end.

Merci !

This week was awesome. I loved every minute!


I loved it from the beginning until the end, it was marvellous! Merci!

2016-03-08T18:00:52+00:00
This week was awesome. I loved every minute! I loved it from the beginning until the end, it was marvellous! Merci!

Cello heaven

A relaxing week of cello heaven
2016-03-08T18:14:37+00:00
A relaxing week of cello heaven

A very special week

Thank you for a very special week. I had a truly wonderful time and I learned so much. Over the course of the week my playing found a new joy!
2016-03-08T18:12:27+00:00
Thank you for a very special week. I had a truly wonderful time and I learned so much. Over the course of the week my playing found a new joy!

Un grand cru

It was a very beautiful Belle-Serre session, un grand cru! It was very nice to see again all the familiar people and to meet very nice new ones!


Huge thanks to you and the dream team around you!

2016-03-08T17:58:54+00:00
It was a very beautiful Belle-Serre session, un grand cru! It was very nice to see again all the familiar people and to meet very nice new ones! Huge thanks to you and the dream team around you!

Wonderful time at Belle Serre

.....a wonderful time at Belle Serre; it was such a privilege to learn from and play with fellow cellists of similar and more advanced abilities and experience.
2016-03-08T17:59:43+00:00
.....a wonderful time at Belle Serre; it was such a privilege to learn from and play with fellow cellists of similar and more advanced abilities and experience.

Musique de chambre dans toute la maison

Cellos at Belle Serre est simplement une expérience magique. Une chance de tout oublier et de s’immerger dans la création de musique avec des amis. Enseignement inspirant, musique de chambre dans toute la maison, des repas délicieux sur la terrace, des balades dans les bois – quoi de mieux?!
2016-03-08T20:08:26+00:00
Cellos at Belle Serre est simplement une expérience magique. Une chance de tout oublier et de s’immerger dans la création de musique avec des amis. Enseignement inspirant, musique de chambre dans toute la maison, des repas délicieux sur la terrace, des balades dans les bois – quoi de mieux?!

Inspirational

Lowri's course is a fantastic opportunity for cellists of all ages and all levels to enjoy and improve their solo and ensemble playing. The lessons are very helpful and inspirational, and the course is set in beautiful surroundings with lovely people, great food and lots of fun too. I can't wait to be there again!
2016-03-08T18:18:50+00:00
Lowri's course is a fantastic opportunity for cellists of all ages and all levels to enjoy and improve their solo and ensemble playing. The lessons are very helpful and inspirational, and the course is set in beautiful surroundings with lovely people, great food and lots of fun too. I can't wait to be there again!

Inspiring musical experience

It's lovely to see all the photos - it has brought back fantastic memories of the week I attended. Thank-you for everything, both the inspiring musical experience and for being welcomed so warmly into your family.
2016-03-08T18:15:10+00:00
It's lovely to see all the photos - it has brought back fantastic memories of the week I attended. Thank-you for everything, both the inspiring musical experience and for being welcomed so warmly into your family.

An inspirational week!

An inspirational week!  I had a fantastic time!
2016-03-08T18:00:22+00:00
An inspirational week!  I had a fantastic time!

Highly professional teaching

A week with Lowri at Belle Serre is a real treat for cellists; everyone receives encouragement from Lowri's highly professional teaching. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and conducive to meeting new musical challenges for even the least bold. The multinational participants add to the stimulating flavour of the stay, which is aided and abetted by delicious food and freely flowing wine.
2016-03-08T18:17:39+00:00
A week with Lowri at Belle Serre is a real treat for cellists; everyone receives encouragement from Lowri's highly professional teaching. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and conducive to meeting new musical challenges for even the least bold. The multinational participants add to the stimulating flavour of the stay, which is aided and abetted by delicious food and freely flowing wine.

Could one ask for more ?

Cello playing and well-chosen chamber music in an idyllic setting in the south of France: all this combined with great food, a warm welcome and Lowri's insights (and the pool and table tennis when cello-ing gets a bit much). Could one ask for more?
2016-03-08T18:18:13+00:00
Cello playing and well-chosen chamber music in an idyllic setting in the south of France: all this combined with great food, a warm welcome and Lowri's insights (and the pool and table tennis when cello-ing gets a bit much). Could one ask for more?

I have no words to express how much I like it here at Belle Serre.

2016-03-08T18:01:25+00:00

Amazing Belle Serre experience

Thank you for the amazing Belle Serre experience. It was absolutely wonderful to be able to study with you for a week, as well as playing wonderful music in cello ensembles, meeting cellists from all over Europe, playing with harpsichord and having fun continuo jam sessions, staying in a wonderful chateau with amazing food, I could go on and on!
2016-03-08T18:14:05+00:00
Thank you for the amazing Belle Serre experience. It was absolutely wonderful to be able to study with you for a week, as well as playing wonderful music in cello ensembles, meeting cellists from all over Europe, playing with harpsichord and having fun continuo jam sessions, staying in a wonderful chateau with amazing food, I could go on and on!

Intimate setting

The teaching and the music we played was extremely inspiring. The professional musicians also taught me so much, and their performances were an extra bonus. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to hear their music making in so intimate a setting. Wow, words aren’t enough to describe the experience.
2016-03-08T18:16:53+00:00
The teaching and the music we played was extremely inspiring. The professional musicians also taught me so much, and their performances were an extra bonus. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to hear their music making in so intimate a setting. Wow, words aren’t enough to describe the experience.

Totally surrounded by musicians

How often does one have the chance to be totally surrounded by musicians in one of the prettiest places on earth?!
2016-03-08T17:53:55+00:00
How often does one have the chance to be totally surrounded by musicians in one of the prettiest places on earth?!

This a great course to progress rapidly in cello playing in an ideal place in the countryside. Practising the cello in the forest was such a revitalising experience, which I hold on to preciously now that I'm back in the crowded capital! Moreover, through the perfectly organised collective and individual lessons, I feel that I concretely improved my playing. Pieces that looked difficult to me prior to attending the course, seem easier now.... But most importantlyfor me was the way of teaching that values our strong points, explains what prevents us from performing better, and what we need to practise to achieve a better performance. I enjoyed the ensembles, the fruitful discussions on music, the introduction to improvising, the unique experience of participating in the end of course concert, and also the refreshing swimming pool, the excellent meals, the happy time singing around the piano....For sure an experience to repeat!

Thank you Lowri!

2016-03-08T18:13:23+00:00

Group ensemble

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Highly professional teaching

A week with Lowri at Belle Serre is a real treat for cellists; everyone receives encouragement from Lowri's highly professional teaching. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and conducive to meeting new musical challenges for even the least bold. The multinational participants add to the stimulating flavour of the stay, which is aided and abetted by delicious food and freely flowing wine.
2016-03-08T18:17:39+00:00

Amazing Belle Serre experience

Thank you for the amazing Belle Serre experience. It was absolutely wonderful to be able to study with you for a week, as well as playing wonderful music in cello ensembles, meeting cellists from all over Europe, playing with harpsichord and having fun continuo jam sessions, staying in a wonderful chateau with amazing food, I could go on and on!
2016-03-08T18:14:05+00:00

“Yet another incredible week at Belle Serre!”

Just one of the great feedback messages we have had from this summer’s cellists here at Belle Serre. Our 2017-2018 guests came from as far afield as Spain, Canada, France, Switzerland, Ireland, Norway and the UK. Here are some more of their comments: 

” I enjoyed the friendship new and old, the music playing as well as the opportunities to advance my skills as an adult cello student.  I have learned so much in the past week. Your teach with kindness and expertise and always find something positive to build upon. It was for me, a great experience. I also loved playing trios with Mark and Camille. They made it so easy for me to participate in a wonderful musical journey. I look forward to returning to Belle Serre soon.”

“A very enjoyable week in great company. Lovely music and setting as always.”

“I was enchanted by everything; the quality of your teaching and of the other musicians working with you, everyone’s kindness, the amazing organisation, the food, the accommodation, the setting, the participants etc….I’ve come home full of motivation to improve my cello playing!”

“Thank you for making this such an unforgettable week.  I appreciated not only your warm welcome and kindness, but also your incredible expertise. You are an inspiration.”

“We were all so lucky to have coaching from you, Camille, Mark and Sue – without exception you were all so kind, encouraging, helpful and instructive and I could not have enjoyed these sessions more.”

“It must involve you in an immense amount of work to put on this course but it was all brilliantly done and everything worked like clockwork. What a team – all of you made this a magical week.”

“Thank you Lowri and co for this marvellous week of music. I had a very very enjoyable week!!”

“Once again it was a marvellous week at Belle Serre. Music, company, food and, last but not least, inspiration; and everything impeccably organized. A huge thankyou to you and your team for all that you do.”

“Thanks so much for a fabulous week at Belle Serre – I felt that I really learned a lot and had such enjoyment playing with everyone.”

“I made huge progress on this course and I feel very motivated to play. My sound has improved a lot and I focus particularly on my posture before playing – and it works!”