About Chamber Music at Guildhall
Chamber music has a special place in the school as a core or elective element of the curriculum according to the programme of study; regular engagement in chamber music-making is strongly encouraged. Our belief is that students learn fundamental individual and professional skills through ensemble work, and that these skills constitute a unique understanding of music and of students’ own artistic motivations and creativity.
At BMus level, chamber music forms a core strand of our principal study instrumental programmes, and there is additional opportunity for students to immerse themselves in our advanced ensemble elective. At postgraduate level, our chamber music elective provides substantial training to develop students’ collaborative performance skills.
We offer almost unparalleled coaching and a wide range of performance opportunities for students who wish to hone their ensemble and interpretative skills in small chamber group combinations. Our provision helps to enhance students’ chamber music expertise with the aim of developing students’ skills to a professional level. Cross-departmental chamber work is considered as important as more traditional combinations.
Regular coaching is provided by international teaching staff and visiting chamber musicians. Though each school of study may have slightly different requirements, the core emphasis is on fostering individual engagement and responsibility within chamber groups, challenging and developing interpersonal skills, and musical dialogue.
Guildhall selects an exceptionally gifted young ensemble to be Chamber Music Fellows, providing them with performance opportunities and intensive coaching with international professorial staff while they develop their careers.
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Chamber Music contact details
Nora Salmon, Chamber Music Department Manager
Tel: 020 7382 6129
Activities, Ensembles & Fellows
Activities & Ensembles
- Regular coaching and lessons from core chamber music staff including Levon Chilingirian, Simon Rowland-Jones, Caroline Palmer, Philippa Davies, Ursula Smith, Carole Presland, Matthew Jones, Graham Sheen, Krysia Osostowicz and Richard Lester
- Regular coaching opportunities from visiting artists and groups
- Masterclasses with international visiting artists and chairs of chamber music
- Active chamber music exchange programmes
- Chamber music prizes offering external performance opportunities
- Numerous international performing opportunities for successful groups
The Hans Keller Chamber Fellows
From September 2021, The Cosman Keller Art & Music Trust will support the Chamber Fellowships offered at the School, in memory of the musician and writer Hans Keller, who taught at Guildhall in the 1980s.
At the core of the Chamber Fellowships at Guildhall is the opportunity for a young professional group with a base at the School to be inspired by Guildhall’s world renowned chamber music professors and in turn to inspire current students through performances and seminars, providing invaluable development in their careers.
Highlights, Successes & Alumni
- Masterclasses with Takács Quartet (International Visiting Artists), Endellion String Quartet (Visiting Quartet in Association) and Valentin Erben
- Meet the Ensemble series with Gould Piano Trio, Heath String Quartet and Danish String Quartet
- Performance projects/side-by-side workshops with Nicholas Daniel, Andrew Marriner and Janine Jansen
- Public recitals involving staff/ student collaborations throughout the year and within the Guildhall Chamber Music Summer Festival
- Pre-London Symphony Orchestra recitals in the Barbican Hall
- BBC Radio 3 Total Immersion projects in Milton Court Concert Hall and in the Barbican Hall
- Exchange performances at Mozarteum University Salzburg, McGill University Musical Chairs Chamber Music Festival, Concert Hall at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest
- Groundbreaking project with the ensemble Decoda, training groups in delivery of workshop skills
- Three annual Guildhall chamber music competitions
- Three-day Chamber Music Festival with student/professor collaborations featuring renowned performers from the Chamber Music faculty
- Endellion Quartet - Visiting Quartet in Association
- Takács Quartet - International Visiting Artists
- András Keller
- Ralf Gothoni
- Heath Quartet
- Gould Piano Trio
- Danish String Quartet
Ensembles from the Department have been recognised in the following competitions:
- Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition
- Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition
- St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition
- Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition
- Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition
- Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition
- Hattori Foundation Senior Awards
- Martin Musical Scholarship Award
- June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Prize
- Park Lane Group (PLG) Music Trust Young Artists
- Tunnell Trust Awards
- ChamberStudio Mentorship
- Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT)