Sabbatical in 2022 for Chetham’s International Summer School (CIPSS)

Following on from twenty-one extraordinary successive annual courses since 2001, Chetham’s International Summer School will have a break in 2022. We realise that this sabbatical will be extremely disappointing for many pianists, teachers, and lovers of piano playing, but we look forward to keeping in touch with everyone associated with CIPPS- past present and future- and look forward to more inspiration and creative activity in the near future.

The friendliest piano summer school in the world

Welcome to the 2021 edition of our ever-expanding but always friendly piano summer school! The Chetham's International Piano Summer School (CIPSS) is a source of inspiration, fun, insight and focus for everyone who enjoys the piano and piano playing. In 2021 we are determined to move forward and offer the warmest, most generous and inspirational support for pianists and pianofiles that we possibly can. ​

Who would have thought that August 2020 would have brought such radical changes to CIPPS and our continued mission of inspiring, enabling and supporting a love of piano playing in the broadest, most comprehensive sense? Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, the generosity of our incredible faculty of world class pianist-teachers, CIPPS 2020 proved to be a resounding success. There is no elitism on the course, though everyone is extremely serious about piano playing. There is no other summer school that manages to cater for the universal: Adult amateurs, promising children and observers are as welcome on the course as concert pianists, international young artists preparing for top competitions, and professional music teachers. The 21st edition of our beloved summer school will set new standards and parameters by simultaneously being both online and onsite in Manchester.

New for 2021 – Onsite and Online options

The Junior Piano Academy welcomes all levels from grade 1 to young concert artists. This year the course is preceeded by 2 onlines days – August 7th and 8th.

15 course options, 35 teachers, outstanding evening recitals – open to all (under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times)

15 course options, 35 teachers, outstanding evening recitals – open to all (under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times)


We have a wide range of courses for all ages and all levels of skill on both the Junior Academy and CIPSS. Come for one or both parts and set your own pace with options of extra hours tuition, additional courses and performing opportunities.


View profiles on each and every one of our remarkable faculty. This year we also have an incredible faculty who will be teaching the online course. If you wish to come to Manchester and have a lesson with a member of the online faculty this will also be possible.


Browse through the list of all the amazing daily events. 2021 will see all lectures and faculty recitals live streamed for those unable to attend in person. In addition some courses such as the Piano Teacher course on part two will be live streamed daily.

Bookings Open Jan 10th


you promised me a 'great big musical hug' - and that was it in a nutshell!

I'm still having to pinch myself when I think about the faculty involved in the summer school - it's been an amazing experience and a real privilege to benefit from everyone's knowledge and experience. I've learnt so much.

Rachel F (Newcomer 2020)

I'd just like to say a huge thank you for encouraging me to come on the teachers course. I had a fantastic time and felt completely energized by the whole experience. I'd recommend it to anyone!

Johnathan - (Newcomer 2018)

Every aspect of it was first class; the tutorials, lectures, resources, recitals & of course the Zoom lessons and group sessions. After watching your welcoming video and whilst watching Dina Parakhina’s recital, Elijah said ‘I feel really connected and happy’ and that feeling stayed with him all week.

Mother of a student on the new Junior Acadmey 2020

Bookings Now Open

What makes our piano summer school so special?

Come and join the friendliest piano summer school


Bookings will open Sunday 10th January 2021 Please book early to avoid disappointment.


Choose from resident and non-residential as well as the new online option. Limited scholarships available.


The care of the younger participants on the course is very well catered for.


All accommodation is within the grounds of Chetham's School of Music.