Frequently Asked Questions

The information on this page should help you understand more about the content, structure and cost of the ICMSS week. If you have further specific questions, however, please do not hesitate to contact us by email.

The venue for the ICMSS 2024 is Haileybury School, in Hertfordshire.
ICMSS 2024 will be located entirely on the Haileybury School campus. Accommodation is in modern single study bedrooms, a short walk away from the playing rooms and dining hall. Some twin rooms are available on request. Every room has a washbasin and there are separate shared toilet facilities and shared shower areas comprising spacious individual shower cubicles with doors, as well as shared bath rooms (ie. with a bath). All meals will be served in Haileybury's impressive historic dining hall. Car parking for the week is a short walk from the accommodation, with loading and unloading directly outside the accommodation; a few spaces are reserved here for those with mobility needs.
We strongly recommend that participants take advantage of the overnight accommodation as this enables them to take maximum advantage of the opportunities to play in the evenings and contributes to the social enjoyment of the week.

A special rate has been negotiated which includes meals and accommodation and this has enabled us to offer the week at a reduced price to all participants. It is, therefore, not possible to offer any other rates for participants not wishing to stay overnight. Naturally, if a participant wishes purely to use the accommodation provided for the overnight storage of their instrument(s), stand, etc, this would be possible.
The price of the Summer School, including all meals, accommodation and tuition, is £815.
You will need to bring your instrument(s) and a music stand labelled with your name. Bed linen is provided in the study bedrooms but you will need to bring your own towels and toiletries. If you are travelling a long distance and want to lighten your load, we can offer a limited number of towels for hire for the week for the sum of £10.
You are guaranteed a minimum of 4 tutored pieces with nearly 4 hours of tuition on each piece, spread over 3 sessions during the week.

Most participants prefer to opt for 5 out of a maximum of 6 tutored pieces but if a participant would like to have 6, this will be accommodated if at all possible. You will be given a choice on your application form.
This is largely up to you and how much playing you would like to do on top of your tutored pieces during the week. Participants are actively encouraged to maximise the playing opportunities offered by the Summer School and playing in informal groups to discover more of the repertoire is facilitated as much as possible.
Tutored sessions will be in groups ranging from trios to octets and nonets. The average group size will only be around five. Most participants prefer smaller group sizes and we do our best to ensure that no-one has a disproportionate number of large groups, unless specifically requested.
In order to maintain groups at a reasonable size, we appoint additional tutors in line with the number of applications. Since its launch, following an excellent response to the Summer School, we have increased the number of tutors from six to nine.
If this is the case, you are in good company and will undoubtedly be the richer for having made many musical friends by the end of the week!
As applications are invited from individuals rather than pre-formed groups, many people start the week knowing few, if any, other participants. The nature of the Summer School is such that this situation doesn't last for long. There is a communal area provided where participants can go in their free time, either to have a drink and socialise, or to join others who are free and wanting to play in whatever combination of instruments is available.
Applications are invited from individuals only. However, should you wish to play a piece with other individuals on the course, we will try to accommodate this for one of your tutored sessions. You will need to indicate this on your application form.
The deadline for applications for the 2024 Summer School is 28 February 2024. Early application is advised as places for some instruments fill up rapidly.
You will be notified by email that you have either been accepted or placed on a waiting list (if requested) for your instrument. Immediate payment of the deposit will be needed to secure this place.
An information booklet containing full details of the tutored sessions and all other aspects of the week will be sent to participants in June.
A non-returnable deposit of £100 secures your place once you have been accepted on the Summer School. Payment can be accepted by cheque or, preferably, by direct bank transfer. The remainder of the payment, again non-returnable, will be due by 31st March 2024.

This may seem early for a Summer School run in August but it enables us to know exact numbers and instruments as early as possible; to optimise the tutored groups for all participants; to accommodate as many specific requests as possible and to get the lists of tutored pieces out to everyone in enough time for them to be able to get to know the pieces before the Summer School starts.

In addition, as the Summer School is self-funding, we cannot confirm our bookings until the money is in the bank.
We prefer you to pay by direct bank transfer (BACS). Cheques can also be accepted (made payable to ICMSS). We regret we cannot accept payment by card. Should you have a specific query on how to pay, particularly if you do not live in the United Kingdom, please contact
Aileen Lehos on +44 (0)1580 766809 or by email.