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"We would like to thank you and all your fantastic staff, for the great week my daughter had with you at OCS. The whole experience has been brilliant and whilst the child comes away with greatly improved cello playing (and singing confidence!) , new friends, new motivation, a whole week of new experiences, and the need for serious sleep – it doesn’t come without the input from your end.  The staff put in hours of time planning, coaxing, encouraging, organising, directing and helping and without them it could not happen. We are so grateful to you and to each and every one who made such a fantastic, memorable week...We have loved hearing about each day’s events (along with photos of every meal) and especially enjoyed seeing today’s concert and from the look of the faces of the performers, they really enjoyed playing too."

“I just wanted to thank you for another inspirational week at OCS... The  quality of  the staff you manage to get is amazing and we are very privileged.”, Student, Adult Diploma Course

“I think I must have learnt more in the week at the Oxford cello school than in the last 2 years!”, Student, Exam Booster Course

"We have just returned from holiday and found the results of my daughter's grade 8 exam in the post. She is absolutely delighted. My daughter really enjoyed the exam booster course, and her result speaks for itself in terms of the course's success. The course gave her the time, space and encouragement to focus on her cello-playing in a way which is just not possible in the normal run of a school term. The venue was great and the people wonderfully supportive.", Parent, Exam Booster Course


"I'd like to say how much I enjoyed the OCS adult performance course - it has inspired me to progress further with my performance, and, in turn, also my teaching.", Student, Adult Performance Course


"I would also like to say thank you so much for a really enjoyable week that helped me learn so much (and not necessarily only towards my exam). I have never improved so much in such a short time!, Student, Exam Booster Course

"...amazing experiences that I am priveliged to have had. Thank you very much to everybody who made this possible. I made lots of friends and enjoyed the music. I hope I will be able to come next year! :)", Student, Intermediate Course

"To the hugely talented teaching staff and the wonderful pastoral care team, we would like to say a huge thank you for once again giving my son a truly rich and rewarding experience at cello school. The teaching staff are utterly inspiring and we felt 100% confident letting him board for the first time under the care of Danny, Rosie and Grace, who are all complete naturals. We were also very impressed by the concert on Saturday - it was wonderful and brought more than a tear or two to my eye! My son loved every single moment of his few days (and nights!) at cello school and is still talking about it. He is, of course, set on returning next year!", Parent, Junior Course

"We returned from holiday yesterday to find the wonderful news of my daughter's Grade 8 - she is over the moon with the result. We should like to thank you both and all the team at Oxford Cello School for working with her and helping her to achieve such a secure mark. She had a great time with OCS - she was very apprehensive before arriving and really had no idea of what it would be like. However, she so enjoyed working with all the staff and has returned much enthused musically. I should be delighted to recommend this course to other young cellists.", Parent, Exam Booster Course

"I wanted to say thank you for a great OCS this year, one of the best I have experienced. I had a great time, it was very enjoyable together with challenges which made it very satisfying for me. Please say thank you to the staff for me as well as they were so enthusiastic and encouraging and very supportive. The whole thing was also great fun and as ever I came away having learned more and re-inspired and motivated! Plus it was great to see friends again and to make new ones.", Student, Adult Improvers" Plus Course

"I am writing to thank you and all the staff most warmly. The final concert demonstrated how hard everyone had worked, and with such professionalism. I'd also like to thank Danny for organising the activities and for keeping a kindly pastoral eye on everything. Very reassuring to us as parents! Many thanks to all, and every good wish." Parent, Advanced Course

"...just to say what a great success OCS was for my son. It was fantastic to have the individual attention that he inevitably hasn't had on orchestral courses...The tutors and accompanists were all marvellous and so supportive and nice...", Parent, Advanced Plus Course

"Many thanks for another wonderful OCS. I really have nothing but praise this year and have spent the past week wishing I was still there rather than back at work.", Student, Adult Improvers' Plus Course


"Just a short note to thank you all for giving Joss the most fantastic few days at the cello
school last week. He enjoyed the entire experience and was 'buzzing' throughout. It has definitely enhanced his enthusiasm for learning the cello and has increased his confidence considerably. The fact that you made it such a rich and fun experience is greatly appreciated. My son hopes to attend again next year - and board!"Parent, Junior Course


"Thank you so much for the excellent course this year. The venue change really worked out - lovely campus and facilities... As ever, you were all brilliant with the organization and the tutors and other staff were just fantastic. The music we played was lovely, and although the timetable is always packed, we had space and seemed to get more time with the pianists (2 absolute stars) and to get to grips with the music." Student, Adult Performance Course

"We flew all the way from Hong Kong to Oxford with my 3 boys in summer 2008. The boys enjoyed the trip and spent wonderful time with 150 children / teenagers from all over Europe. The 11 days at OCS gave them a new perspective of music and cello. The teachers were inspiring. We will be back year after year. Thanks to the founder Marianne and the full team of OCS staff for a memorable time. OCS will become part of our family tradition." Thomas, Chris, Kevin, Edward and Betty Ho (Hong Kong), Intermediate Course

"That was a wonderful course! My best-ever residential music course of any kind. I felt that I came on by leaps and bounds in just four and a half days...The teachers are excellent and seem totally attuned to each individual pupil's needs." Student, Exam Booster Course

"We can't say thank you enough to all of you. Thank you very much for everything you've done for us. My son has got a lot of valuable experience here. I hope he will become a good cellist and he can say thank you from the stage of some hall in England some day in the future." Parent, Performance Course


"Thanks for all you did to make the course this year such a success. They both loved it and returned home fired with enthusiasm!" Parent, Performance Course

"Thank you all so much for all your hard work and enthusiasm in arranging such an inspiring course for our children...The balance of music making and relaxation activities seemed to be perfect...! was impressed by several things: the super relationship the adults had with the children; their patience with them; the respect with which they treated each child; and that children who are usually shy of performing in front of others were supported and encouraged and applauded with such enthusiasm." Parent, Junior Course

"It was so good that I think you should make it into a music school every Saturday. I loved playing in the orchestra and learnt a lot from it, I now feel more confident with playing harder pieces. I will definitely come next year...Oxford Cello School ROCKS!" Student, Junior Course

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