8th - 13th, 14th - 20th and 20th - 26th August 2020 
New Exciting Online course now available to book!

The friendliest piano summer school in the world

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 view of the current worldwide crisis we have structured an exciting new online course for this year’s Chetham’s piano summer school and Junior academy. We are thrilled that the faculty are completely supportive of this new venture.

Now in its twentieth year, it continues to grow and develop as a 'piano republic of equals'. 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.

New for 2020 – Junior Piano Academy

A new exciting addition to the summer school. The Junior Piano Academy is in four sections and is only open to under 18’s

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, 36 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. Come for one or both weeks and set your own pace with options of extra hours tuition and practice time.


View profiles on each and every one of our remarkable faculty. Not all faculty are available over both weeks so be sure to check when making a booking.


Browse through the list of every event going on at Summer School to ensure you are in the right place at the right time (please refer to your timetable for a schedule of your personal tuition, practice sessions etc)


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

Just a quick note to thank you, and indeed all the team, for a fantastic week at the Summer School. I have to say I was quite apprehensive but really enjoyed it all - and have learnt just so much.

Jamie E - (Newcommer 2017)

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 - (Newcommer 2018)

It was my first experience at a piano summer school but I could not have hoped for anything better than what I got. Everything was so smooth and so well organised, I was really impressed.

Simone M

What makes our piano summer school so special?

Come and join the friendliest piano summer school


Bookings will open Friday 10th January 2020. Please book early to avoid disappointment.


Choose from resident and non-residential options. 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.