What people say about the Academy
"This was such a wonderful refreshment from doing online music for so long! Playing with these talented and kind musicians was so nice and the repertoire made it extra special. 10/10 recommend if you are into chamber music and would like to meet other musicians like you!"
"The Academy is a flourishing new place where I have developed my musical skills further than anywhere else. I can socialize with like-minded people and make new friends. I have fun with experimentation during masterclasses and in chamber ensembles. It is a warm and welcoming world but also boisterous with creativity and guidance.”
“Being part of the Cambridge Chamber Academy has been a great honour – it has opened up my horizons to meeting extremely kind and talented individuals, exploring a variety or repertoire, and most importantly developing my performance skills – not only as a soloist but also as a member of a chamber music group. The Cambridge Chamber Academy is a fantastic organization to be a part of!."
“Such a lovely course! It was great to be immersed in such gorgeous repertoire, with the opportunity to play alongside the fantastic coaches. Thank you for the wonderful experience.”
“The genuineness and tailor-made feel to each session/masterclass is apparent and all the warmth, care, and support in such a small, family-like nurturing musical body of the Cambridge Chamber Academy. It is indeed having a great impact on the students, the positive atmosphere, and all that space given to them, the trust that they can do it. In no way I was expecting to find all of this when we first contacted the Academy but finding it here has been amazing.”
- Martina Krausová
“As a parent it has been great to see Joshua’s enthusiasm for the Cambridge Chamber Academy weekends, the chosen repertoire and being amongst so many wonderful, talented children and professionals - it has been a fantastic opportunity for him. I was blown away at the recent concert to see how much had been achieved by the young musicians in such a short time.”
- Jacqueline Lucas
“After the Covid drought of not being able to play with others, the Cambridge Chamber Academy concert was like the long awaited rainfall in a desert. A soaking rain can change a desert into a wonderland of colourful, blooming flowers almost overnight. And so it was with these amazing young, dormant musicians. They had finally been able to come together and practice during a series of fruitful and productive sessions, preparing for the recital which was an absolute "feast for the ears". It was incredible what they had all achieved; I was in awe!”
- Natalie Easton
“The Cambridge Chamber Academy has a very special place in my heart because it represents what I’m really passionate about: chamber music and teaching young talented musicians. All this happens in a very friendly atmosphere which creates a small musical family. Pure joy!”
- Barbara Dziewięcka-Data
“It has been such a joy to be able to work with such talented and motivated young musicians, helping them develop their individual musicianship and chamber interaction.”
- Graham Walker
"What a wonderfully rewarding few days of working with such talented and motivated students. The choice of repertoire was both exciting and challenging, the level of playing extremely high, the atmosphere friendly and supportive and it all took place in an ideal venue. Immensely enjoyable and highly recommended!"
- Sarah-Jane Bradley
I loved working with such distinguished colleagues and such eager and talented students, the director Andrew Sion has done a superb job here."
- Bobby Chen
“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience coaching at the Recital & Masterclass Day. The Cambridge Chamber Academy has clearly started something special.”
- Jamie Hutchinson
The Academy will be moving from the Stapleford Granary after the end of October 2021 to a venue better suited to proposed future programme enrichment. Parents have expressed interest to expand our offer with such components as composition and musicianship and the Granary does not have the facilities to accommodate these.
We would like to thank the Stapleford Granary for supporting us during our first year and helping make our start a successful one.
Summer programme August 1 - 3 at the Stapleford Granary.
The summer programme completed two days before a student tested positive for Covid the morning of the final day. During these two days, students rose to the challenge of playing some very demanding repertoire. The final day and concert has been rescheduled for September 4th.
2020 - 2021 year ends with Recital & Masterclass Day on July 4 2021
We have had a very year successful first year despite the challenges of starting up during Covid. The Academy would like to thank parents, students, and the Stapleford Granary for their warmth, enthusiasm and support in making this first year a memorable one.
Below tells the story of the year in pictures (complete with social distancing and masks!). For more photos and videos, go to our Events page, or click on the links to our Facebook page and YouTube channel below.