Summer courses

Belle Serre, home of international cellist Lowri Blake, offers an idyllic setting for Cellos at Belle Serre, 2018. Set in five acres of gardens and woodland, with magnificent views of the Montagne Noire, Belle Serre offers an idyllic environment for an intensive cello week in south-west France, with cellist Lowri Blake. Lowri will be giving daily individual and group tuition in an informal atmosphere.

Arrivals from 18.00 on the first day, departures by 10.00 on the last day.

BOOKINGS ARE OPEN! Reserve now to confirm your place on one of the courses in July 2018.

See below for dates and more details on the courses.

The 2018 Dates

Week 1
Wednesday 11 July – Wednesday 18 July
for intermediate up to advanced level cellists
Week 2
Saturday 21 July – Saturday 28 July
for advanced cellists

The Courses

A varied daily schedule will include individual tuition, duo repertoire with superb resident pianists, group technical workouts and ensemble playing,  cello duets to octets, chamber music sessions with a guest musician each week, and discussions about all aspects of cello playing. The aim is to study hard in a house party setting, with time to relax too, basking in the sunshine around the pool or taking long shady walks in the surrounding countryside.

Visits to Castres, Albi, the Sidobre national park, Hautpoul, the hilltop medieval village near Mazamet, Lautrec, renowned for its restored windmill and pink garlic and talks given by luthiers about violin and cello making and instrument care are also planned for the courses. Full details of each week will be posted shortly.

Places are limited to eight residential and three non-residential participants. Do contact us to reserve your place as soon as possible. Space for camping is also available.

 Course 1 is for intermediate up to advanced level cellists. Course 2 is for more advanced cellists only. Amateurs, students and professional cellists are all welcome. Participants in previous years have come from all parts of Europe and from the USA, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico – a truly international fest!

Sounds like something for you? Check out the photos from previous courses and the blog for more information about Cellos at Belle Serre!