VaCO Winter Course 2018

Date: December 27, 2018 – December 30, 2018
Time: Residential
Location: Cundall Manor School, North Yorkshire YO61 2RW

A sensational, slightly shorter Winter Course specialising in orchestral repertoire with coaching from our world-class tutors.

Our residential courses offer world-class training for chamber orchestra & chamber ensemble for advanced young musicians of 16-25 years of age. We combine professional rehearsal techniques and standards of performance with a course that is enjoyable and friendly.

During the course, participants will be immersed into the wonderful world of chamber orchestra music and ensemble repertoire, culminating in a series of two evening concerts across North Yorkshire.  VaCO courses are famous for being great fun – but they are also hard work and offer excellent musical experience and networks.

The course fee includes coaching from all tutors and our musical director, Xenophon Kelsey MBE, transport during the course and full board.

If you have any questions, please email us at


Gounod, C : Petite Symphonie 

Strauss, R : Duet Concertino (Cl & Fag)

Schonberg, A :  Notturno for Strings & Harp (Solo violin)

Beethoven, L van : Symphony No 4 in B flat



Course Fee: £130

Fully Inclusive Accommodation, Food, Tutoring & Transportation on the Course

Concert Venues:



10 Violins

4 Violas

4 Cellos

2 Double Basses

1 Flute

2 Oboes

2 Clarinets

2 Bassoons

2 French Horns

2 Trumpets

1 Harp (Soloist)






In submitting this application you are agreeing to the following:

  • I understand that the organisers cannot be held liable for any injury sustained by me, or for any damaged caused to my property.
  • I agree to upload my full CV (or details of education & experience if under 18) immediately after completing this form (you will be directed to the document upload page when you submit).
  • I give my consent for VaCO to contact my referee, without further notice, to obtain a reference in support of my application to this course.
  • I agree to pay the deposit of £50 to secure my place within 14 days of being accepted on the course. (Details of how to make a payment will be included in your invitation to the course).

Failure to pay deposit as above may jeopardise your place on the course


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