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Adult Diploma Course

Students of post grade 8 to diploma standard

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8 days: Saturday 17th - Saturday 24th August

Venue: Malvern College

Maximum 16 students

available places 7/16

The Adult Diploma Course is designed for adults of post grade 8 to diploma standard who wish to develop their solo and chamber performance capabilities. The course will include an evening solo recital and a masterclass with a visiting professor as well as the opportunity to play a movement form a concerto with cello orchestra.

The course includes: 

• En-suite single Room (residential)

• Lunch & dinner (non-residential)

• Tea/coffee
• Three individual lessons
• Concerto performance opportunities (by audition)
• Individual masterclass
• Three rehearsals with piano
• Solo recital
• Daily ensemble sessions 
• Adult Diploma orchestra  
• Cello chamber orchestra 
• Ensemble masterclass
• Improvisation 
• Conducting workshop   
• Rhythm sessions       
• Repertoire workshop
• Performance stress management
• Technique sessions with video analysis
• Pizzicato and various technique workshops
• Group Alexander Technique Session  

* Entry to the Adult Diploma course is either by audition or by submission of an ABRSM Grade 8 certificate or equivalent. If students have not passed the Grade 8 ABRSM practical cello exam (or equivalent) the audition piece should be submitted to OCS.  The audition piece for 2024 is Bach Suite No.1: Courante (without repeats)Prospective students should send their performance video to


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For residential students the price includes en-suite accommodation in single rooms and full board with a complimentary glass of wine in the adults' social area after evening meals. The non-residential price includes lunch and dinner. Tea and coffee are provided for all students throughout the day.

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Adult Diploma residential (full-board + tuition)
Adult Diploma non-residential (lunch + dinner + tuition)

1588.00 GBP

1129.00 GBP

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