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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I played orchestral piano/continuo harpsichord & organ for VaCO for several courses and was given a fantastic opportunity to play Ravel's piano concerto a few years later on a Christmas course. The courses themselves are thoroughly enjoyable, I've worked with fantastic musicians (students and professionals - many of whom I still work with today!) and have also made some friends who I still see regularly, not just from the UK but all over the world. Anyone would enjoy themselves in such a great atmosphere and if you get the chance to do one of the courses don't miss the opportunity!

Simon Passmore

Freelance Pianist and former VaCO soloist