July 2024

The Thinking Pianist

"You come out as a totally enriched person and pianist, with mental and emotional recharging going on every minute of the week as well as making friends for life."

The Thinking Pianist LogoNow entering its 4th year, we're looking forward to The Thinking Pianist at Cheltenham Ladies' College from Saturday 13th to Saturday 20th July 2024.


Residential: £1750 (Early bird of £1575 available until 31st January 2024)
Non-residential: £1200 (Early bird of £1080 available until 31st January 2024)

A 10% deposit will be required to confirm your booking on the course. The balance will be due one month before the start of the course.


Core course activities will include;

  • Lessons, masterclasses and workshops with distinguished Faculty, joined by visiting specialists who will deliver other classes and concerts.

  • Opportunities to rehearse and perform ensembles, i.e. duet, 2 pianos, (3+ hands!)

  • Course concerts with the opportunity to perform to like-minded fellow pianists!

  • The “Teaching is Learning” strand of seminars and workshops offers insight into the multiple synergies of these two activities:  trying to teach any skill is a guaranteed method of improving it!

  • Fundamentals of Piano Pedagogy offers an optional, parallel mini-course on the basics of teaching. This can be used as a starting point for early-career piano teachers or a refresher for those with more experience.


Accommodation will be in one of the Cheltenham Ladies' College boarding houses.  Bedrooms are all single-occupancy with shared bathroom facilities.

Our in-house catering team will provide three meals a day within your residential house. Let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival.  The food was one of the talking points of the previous courses!

A brilliant week escaping from the day to day to focus on music and nothing but music! Excellent course content, support and extremely friendly atmosphere.
2023 attendee