Oxford Chamber Course 2024

Plans are well advanced for the 2024 Oxford Chamber Course, including a new Intermediate Course.
As soon as the dates are confirmed, we will post them here, as well as the 2024 course brochure, as soon as it is ready.
In the meantime, please find all the details of the 2023 course below, including the 2023 course brochure.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us: our contact details are at the foot of the page.
Judith & Tim Dallosso

Welcome to the website for the Oxford Chamber Course.

The Oxford Chamber Course 2023 will take place from Saturday 29th July – Friday 4th August.
You’ll find more information below, and you can also download our 2023 brochure here:
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A seven-day chamber music course for young string players held in Oxford every summer

Are you looking for a summer music course which combines intensive study under experienced coaches with the fun and enjoyment of making music together? Each summer the Oxford Chamber Course offers young string players aged 9–18 the opportunity to sample the special delights and challenges of playing chamber music – and a lot more besides.

The Introductory Course (10am–2.45pm each day, Sunday to Friday) is for players of Grade 3 standard and above who have not yet taken Grade 6.

The Advanced Course (12 noon–5.30pm each day) is for players from Grade 6 standard up to Grade 8 and above.

The 2023 course will take place at Wychwood School from Saturday 29th July – Friday 4th August. On the Friday there will be rehearsals at the school through the day, leading up to the final course concert that evening.

For full details of this year’s course, including details of fees, discounts, and other important information, please download the 2023 PDF brochure above.

  • All members of the course play in two different chamber groups, and every chamber group performs in the concert at the end of the week.

  • The concert also features two orchestral groups, one made up of everyone on the course, the other consisting of all the Advanced Course players.

  • Every day features a different workshop, each exploring a different aspect of string playing, and all the Advanced Course chamber groups also take part in a masterclass with a world-class chamber musician.

  • Lunch-breaks include social activities for members of both courses, such as the annual Jenga Tournament.

Our coaches

Our coaching staff consists of six experienced professional chamber musicians with busy performing and teaching careers.
You can read a little about them below.

Janet Froomes

Janet studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, playing with Australian Opera and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for several years before moving to the UK to continue her studies in Oxford. With Miranda and Judith she was a founder member of the Courtenay Quartet.

Miranda Walton

Miranda is a graduate of York University and of the Birmingham Conservatoire. She studied violin with Rimma Sushanskaya and baroque violin with Micaela Comberti. She has played with many groups such as Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (at Glyndebourne), for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and on BBC Radio broadcasts.

Vanessa Murby

Vanessa studied viola with Margaret Major as an undergraduate at the Royal College of Music, then, as a postgraduate, gained diplomas in orchestral, solo and chamber performance. She has recorded for film, television and radio, and has performed at private functions both for the Prince of Wales and for the Queen!

Jacqueline Johnson

Jacqueline graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, then played in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, worked with Australian Opera and Ballet, and broadcast for the ABC, before moving to the UK in 1990. Teachers include Colin Carr, Christopher Bunting, Anner Bylsma (baroque cello) and Pedro de Alcantara.

Judith Dallosso

Judith was an Instrumental Award Holder at Jesus College, Cambridge. She then had two years of postgraduate study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying cello with Stefan Popov and baroque cello with Anthony Pleeth. With Miranda and Janet she was a founder member of the Courtenay Quartet.

Spike Wilson

Spike was a Choral Exhibitioner at The Queen’s College, Oxford. He studied with William Pleeth, Christopher Bunting and Alexander Baillie. He was Oxford Brookes University’s Performance Co-ordinator and Director of Hampshire County Youth String Orchestra. He is a founder member of OXUS and of the Holywell Ensemble.
Please do get in touch with us by phone, e-mail or post (details are at the bottom of the page).
We look forward to hearing from you and will get back to you as soon as possible.
Judith & Tim Dallosso