Advanced String Chamber Music

Sunday 5 August – Saturday 11 August 2018

Explore string chamber music repertoire with guidance from excellent tutors. You will be immersed in music making but also have time to relax in this idyllic retreat in SW France.

Tutors: Paul Barritt and Josephine Horder

We are delighted to welcome Paul Barritt and Josephine Horder to Cubertou in 2018. Both have highly distinguished performing careers and also enjoy coaching amateurs. As well as being a concert cellist Josephine is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and we are very pleased to be able to include daily Feldenkrais sessions with this course.

Advanced String Chamber Music is for adult players…

  • string players and pianist level A and P (performance diploma level and above)
  • pre-formed groups AND individual players welcome
  • the course is limited to maximum of 19 players

For an explanation of standard levels click here…


Please see Accommodation for details

Course Participant:  [includes tuition, meals and wine with supper]
950€ – Single Room
745€ – Shared Twin Room
745€ – Cubertou Bell Tent (sole occupant)
545€ – Bring your own Tent

Non Participant companion:  [includes meals and wine with supper]
545€ – Shared Twin Room

The Course

Repertoire will be selected from our extensive library of string chamber music with or without piano. We welcome requests from participants and will accommodate these in the tutored schedule if possible. There is also plenty of opportunity for ad-hoc playing in the afternoon.

We shall start each day with a gentle Feldenkrais session.

There are three coached sessions each day: two in the morning (with coffee break) and the third between afternoon tea and pre-supper drinks.

Afternoon is free time (pool, walks, ad-hoc playing etc.) We make our own entertainment at Cubertou and there is opportunity for ad-hoc playing after supper.

We can arrange hire of instruments from a local music shop, please contact us for details.


Please see Getting To Cubertou

Please arrive afternoon/evening on the Sunday (after 15:00). There are no formal activities on the Sunday… just settling in.

On the first day light refreshments will be provided from 16:00 and supper will be at 20:00 (and saved for late arrivals).

The course ends after breakfast on the Saturday. You are invited to ‘build-your-own’ pic-nic at breakfast time to take on your journey.


Paul Barritt has enjoyed a distinguished career as orchestral leader, soloist, director, recitalist and chamber musician. From playing the Bach “Double” with Vengerov at the Proms to recording all Beethoven’s works for violin and piano, Paul’s musical life includes comprehensive study and performance of an extensive range of the great works in the chamber music repertoire. A significant pleasure has been coaching adult chamber groups. Teaching at all levels has been an enduring interest.
He and his wife Josephine Horder run a highly successful concert series, ‘Tring Chamber Music’, recently described thus:
“Among chamber music’s best kept secrets are the concerts organised in and around Tring in Hertfordshire; they sell out immediately.”

Josephine Horder is both a Feldenkrais Practitioner and a concert cellist with a distinguished career in chamber music. She is also a dedicated and highly experienced cello teacher with a particular interest in making string playing both musically and physically pleasurable.
Josephine will be available to help and support string players in every aspect of their music-making, and will also be leading daily Feldenkrais sessions.
The Feldenkrais Method lends itself especially well to the particular needs of musicians and also contributes to a sense of well-being in everyday life.


Superb home cooking and local wines are provided and refreshments are served throughout the day. All meals and refreshments, including wine, are included in the course price. We welcome vegans, veggies and meat eaters. We can cater for some (but not all) allergies and intolerances, please discuss these with us before booking.


Please contact us with any questions or fill in an online application form, we shall then get back to you to confirm acceptance of your application and send you payment information.