Create, Perform
and Be Inspired...

15th-20th August 2021

Image courtesy of Altus Flutes, Japan


We are sorry to announce that for the first time in 34 years we have had to cancel the summer school. We don't feel able to offer our unique OFSS experience of a musically rewarding and socially enriching week in a safe way due to the on-going uncertainties with Covid-19. We are very sad - but already making plans for August 2021 and we very much hope to see you next year!


Which option is right for me?

International studentsAll participants may attend any classes regardless of their chosen option. All our options emphasise and encourage participation, in group playing, flute choir, technqiue classes, ensembles and individual lessons. Players option has more ensemble playing and Performers option includes a performance in a masterclass and a concert. Our OFSS for Adults option offers more time to explore the local area and relax. The Masterclass option is designed for postgraduates, professional players or students already at conservatoires or music colleges. Study is wholly in your Masterclass group, and does not include individual lessons. Look at the comparison table and if in doubt please ring to discuss the most suitable option for you.

What time does the course start and finish?

Registration for all courses is 11.00 on Sunday 16th August 2020. The course ends at about 22.00 after the last student concert on Friday 21st August 2020.

What is a typical day's activity during the course?

Each day begins with a pre-breakfast warm-up followed by, typically, a technique class, a masterclass, flute choir, coached ensemble, another class or ensemble, private lessons and an evening concert. The timetable is very full, with activities from 8.00am to 10.00pm daily for the full 6 days.

Can I choose my teacher for my individual lessons?

We try to accommodate requests, but it is not always possible to guarantee lessons with a particular teacher. Robert Winn will not be giving individual lessons. His teaching is entirely through masterclasses.

Can I come for just a day or two?

It is possible to attend as an active participant for part of the week, except for the Oxford Masterclass option which requires full attendance. Auditors are welcome at any of the classes and activities including the Oxford Masterclass. Please enquire about prices.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your prepared pieces together with their piano accompaniments. Music stands are provided but you may like to bring one for practising in your study-bedroom.

Shops and cash machines

There is a a coffee shop on campus selling toiletries and other small items. 10 minutes walk away, in the village, is a shop selling newspapers and groceries. The nearest towns with full facilities, including cash machines, are Abingdon or Oxford each about 3 miles away. Buses run regularly to Oxford and Abingdon from the entrance to Radley College.

Do I need to bring towels and bed linen?

No, they are provided.

I am travelling from a distance, can I stay overnight before or at the end of the course?

Yes, please contact us for information.

Can I bring my partner to stay in the college?

Yes, but please note that all accommodation is in single rooms.