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Wells Cathedral School (мusic)

Wells, Somerset
Year of foundation
8—18 years old

Age: 8-18 years old.

Dates, 2024: July 28–August 3, August 4–10, August 11–17.

Wells Cathedral School is a private boarding school located on the outskirts of Wells in Somerset, about a three-hour drive from London. Wells is a beautiful medieval town in the English countryside. The history of the school began back in 909, which makes it one of the oldest schools in the world.

Wells Cathedral is a very strong music school, which is one of the five best music schools in the country. It is regularly visited by outstanding musicians who give concerts here and teach children how to play musical instruments.

Since 1970, Wells Cathedral has been one of four specialized music schools recognized by the UK Department of Education.

In summer, the school runs courses for children who want to make music.


  • World-class teachers strive to help young musicians develop their talents in a supportive environment. The school guarantees individual training, interesting workshops and seminars - all classes are very lively and fun.
  • A large concert at the end of training will allow children to show their talents and feel like real musicians, performing on stage.
  • All programs (except jazz) are aimed at children of absolutely any level of training. The main thing you need is to create and create music.
  • In the summer school, you can play almost any musical instrument: cello, clarinet, drum kit, flute, bassoon, guitar, horn, trumpet, oboe, saxophone, trombone, violin, viola.


The school has the newest and most modern concert hall, Cedars Hall, with rehearsal rooms, a recording studio and a stage for performances. The school also has an old Quilter Hall, built in the 15th century, with an inspiring and very creative atmosphere.

A short walk from the school is the lively High Street with shops, cafes and a market.


Wind and percussion instruments

Dates: July 28–August 3, 2024.
Age: 10 - 18 years.

During the week, children learn individually and in the format of master classes, participate in ensembles and play a lot of music. All students, regardless of skill level, can speak publicly. The highlight of the training will be a concert at the end of the training week, which parents can attend.

Schedule of Wind and Percussion Instruments:

8:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Morning Yoga
10:30 - Chamber music, learning to play the ensemble
11:30 - Free time
12:00 - Individual lessons with teachers
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Workshops
15:00 - Learning to play the ensemble
16:00 - Free time (activity)
17:00 - Rehearsals
18:00 - Dinner (or barbecue)
19:15 - Evening activities
20:30 – Bed time or free time (depending on the age of the student)

International Chamber Music Summer School

Dates: August 11–17, 2024.
Age: 12-18 years.

This course is designed for experienced ensemble players who have the desire to work at a high level. Players can enrol as pre-formed groups or as individuals to be formed into ensembles. Aside from rehearsals and coaching from the distinguished team of tutors from Wells Cathedral School, there will be workshops and informal performance opportunities, and the course will culminate in a concert that is open to family and friends.


Dates: August 4–10, 2024.
Age: 13 - 18 years old.

To achieve maximum learning, the school recommends this program to students who have completed at least 5 classes of a music school.

During the week, children learn individually, in the form of master classes and joint training, learn to improvise. All students, regardless of skill level, can speak publicly. The highlight of the training will be a concert on Friday, which parents can visit. Regular jam sessions are held throughout the week where children have the opportunity to play with teachers.

The school encourages every student to take part in all concerts and events, however, all public performances are voluntary. If a child for some reason does not want to speak, the school will not force him. However, a friendly and friendly school community can inspire even shy young musicians to take part in performances, even if it goes slightly beyond the usual comfort zone.


Dates: August 4–10, 2024.
Age: 10 - 18 years old.

The course includes master classes, concerts, as well as the opportunity to give solo performances on the Steinway piano in Cedars Hall - the new modern concert hall. The teachers of the course will be the teaching staff of Wells Cathedral School, recognized by the government of the specialized music school. Which is known for its quality teaching and musical opportunities for pre-professional musicians.

International Composition Summer School

Dates: July 28–August 3, 2024.
Age: 12-18 years old.

Students aged 12-18 will learn the musical and technical skills for composing for screen, including TV, Film and Videos Games. The course will cover compositional technique, how to interpret a client brief, the technology involved in being a media composer, orchestrating for different ensembles, and will feature many real-world examples from conception to final production across all forms of media. Students will complete a final composition by the end of the course.

You should have some basic experience of composing, and basic knowledge of using Apple Mac computers and Logic / Garage Band or equivalent software.

International Vocal Summer School

Dates: August 11–17, 2024.
Age: 12-18 years old.

Our world-class tutors will help young singers (aged 12-18) develop their skills and confidence in singing as soloists, both within song and early opera repertoire. The focus will be to equip participants with a broad range of technical, musical and dramatic skills that will enable them to connect with the audience by bringing the text, character and context to life.

This course is ideal for aspiring young soloists preparing to embark on study at music conservatoires (age 16-18) and slightly younger singers seeking to break free from the choir stalls to explore the incredible world of solo performance.

We advise that participants will need to be of minimum Grade 6 standard (ABRSM, Trinity or equivalent). Participants will need to prepare three songs or arias in ‘classical’ style in advance of the course (one of these songs can be from operetta or ‘legit’ Musical Theatre repertoire).


Living in a residence in one of the beautiful houses of the 18th century. Each house is surrounded by its own garden. The residence has a warm, open and friendly atmosphere. Children live in double or multi-bed rooms.

Sports and leisure activities

In addition to music lessons, in his spare time the school offers croquet, tennis, swimming and cricket classes.

Children will be able to visit local attractions:

  • Bishop's Palace - the home of the Bishop of Bath - a magnificent medieval building surrounded by a breath-taking moat.
  • Wells Cathedral, described as "the most poetic of the English cathedrals." It was built in 1306. This is one of the most impressive cathedrals in Britain, in which all the original buildings have been preserved.

COST, 2024

Price on request.

Included in cost

  • Teaching
  • Accommodation and meals

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Impressions from a school visit

Natasha Strein

Natasha StreinNatasha Strein
Founder of ‘’Paradise’’

Wells Cathedral is an English boarding school that recently celebrated a round date of 1,100 years. Eleven centuries!

Initially, it was open to the formation of the choir of the cathedral. The cathedral is functioning, however, according to the good tradition, the school holds its assemblies there - weekly general school meetings

This school is one of the 4 specialized music schools in the UK. However, unlike her three competitors, she combines music and everything else that an ordinary boarding school gives. The usual is a sport, a cadet corps with 3 divisions: infantry, air fleet and navy, with the ability to learn how to shoot, plan a battle, control an airplane, yacht or ship. As well as professional visual arts, theatrical performances, dances and high academic performance. In the other three schools, all these components are not particularly important, there is only music, music, music ..

20% of Wells Cathedral graduates enter music departments. They learn Italian, which is rarely taught in English schools, because it is the language of operas, the language of music. The school has high academic performance, the remaining 80% of graduates go mainly to the Russell group universities: the country's top 24 universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

And this local school was nicknamed M & M’s. In England, there are statistics proving a direct connection between the ability to mathematics and music. It turns out that the same receptors operate in our brain, allowing us to read musical notes and mathematical formulas. What I am - direct evidence: there is no ability for music or mathematics. Well, at least they consoled: people with a high level of intelligence meet without them!

Of course, the most popular subjects in graduation classes are math and music. Mathematics is the holy grail for universities. And the music is also quoted.

There are several orchestras, choirs and groups at the school: I look at the concert schedule of May - it is dazzling! Concerts almost every day, sometimes twice a day! Either the choir, then jazz music, then winds, then strange instruments, and even rock and pop! Yes, there is a whole program of these areas, and they are led by a teacher-fan of the band Iron Maiden.

You need to rehearse 4-5 hours a day if you are planning a musical career and the day is scheduled. Therefore, practice rooms with complete, by the way, soundproofing, open from 7:30 in the morning and close at 9:30 in the evening. Someone rushes there before breakfast, someone plays music until the end. Here, 10,000 hours are sacredly believed in the rule: you can become a pro only by doing this number of hours. Did you know that Bill Gates was programming 10,000 hours by the time he left Harvard and opened his workshop in the garage? In the week of 40 working hours ... so consider it …

The school also has a gym, where musicians mostly go for work-out: team games are not in their parts, they take care of your fingers!

The geology department was also shown - also a popular subject among students! Students in class go to Iceland. Not on textbooks, the same breed to study!

And computer science or computer literacy is no longer taught - children already know everything from kindergarten. Yesterday! Today coding and programming are in high esteem. What time!

We met a boy named Nikita Burzanitsa. Nikita is 18, he is in graduation class and is studying here - attention! - TOTALLY FREE! Nikita has a 100% scholarship! I have not yet met guys who received such conditions. Usually a scholarship - 10, 20, a maximum of 30% of the cost. Nikita, apparently, is a rising star, and we will soon hear about him. The fact is that Royal College of Music, this musical Oxford, has already accepted Nikita, and also with a 100% scholarship! What a talent!

So, I have a significant day today - getting to know the future celebrity.

And now - the great news of the day for you, dear reader! Do you know how Nikita got such luck? Parents sent him here to the summer music school, just for one week. Which, by the way, is quite inexpensive. A couple of days was enough for professionals to notice his gift.

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