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


Bookings are closed for this event.


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VaCO courses were a unique chance for me to be able to explore a wide range of chamber music repertoire and to be coached by some outstanding musicians. Priced at a student-friendly rate, they were packed full of rehearsal and performance opportunities and offered the possibility to meet like-minded musicians, many of whom I still work with now. Owing to the high standard of playing and the friendly nature of both students and tutors, the courses were absolutely invaluable in making me the musician and the person that I am today.

Alexia Owens

Freelance orchestral oboe player