VaCO Residential Winter Course 2017

Date: December 27, 2017 – December 30, 2017
Time: Residential
Location: Cundall Manor School, North Yorkshire YO61 2RW

For returning participants, this traditional course between Christmas and New Year remains the highlight of the VaCO calendar, and the repertoire that our fabulous musical director, Xenophon Kelsey MBE, has selected is both challenging and immensely rewarding – for both player and audience.

Our residential course offers world-class training in orchestral and chamber music for advanced young musicians. We combine professional rehearsal techniques and standards of performance with a course that is enjoyable and friendly.

There will be two days of intensive rehearsals, before performing two concerts on consecutive nights within Yorkshire. VaCO courses are famous for being great fun – but they are also hard work and offer excellent musical experience.

Course fee: £130 – includes accommodation, food and concert transport



Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin

Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante for Wind

Sibelius – Pelléas et Mélisande Suite

Respighi – Ancient Airs & Dances


Kevin Flynn Sub Principal Violin with BBC Philharmonic

Peter Dykes Associate Principal Oboe with Royal Scottish National Orchestra


Josh Hall – Oboe

Aaron Hartnell-Booth – Clarinet

Guylaine Eckersley – Bassoon

Billy Marshall – French Horn


16 violins

8 violas

6 cellos

2 double bass

2 flutes

3 oboes

3 clarinets

3 bassoons

3 French horns

1 trumpet

1 timpani

1 harp

1 harpsichord


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Attending the Vacation Chamber Orchestra courses not only enabled me to perform music at an extremely high level but it also introduced me to the wonderful community of people that come together to make this an exceptionally successful organisation. Rarely do you find a course, which offers such a high level of performing experience coupled with performing in some of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

Fond memories of the courses for me would be the gatherings after concerts to sing songs and tell tales and also being given the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the orchestra during the summer of 2011.

Mark Brazier, Professeur de Musique

École Nouvelle Frontière/Tutor - GPRC Conservatory, Grande Prairie, Canada