2021 course – probably going ahead!

Good news – Rydal 2021 is looking likely to go ahead! Watch this space for developments.

It is looking like a real possibility that we might be able to meet again at Rydal Hall this summer. If all goes to plan, social distancing restrictions will be lifted on 21st June. The dates for this year’s course are Saturday 31st July to Saturday 7th August.

We have spoken to Rydal Hall, and have told them that we would like to go ahead, as long as it is safe and legal to do so. We have not confirmed pricing arrangements with them, but will do so very soon.

Several people have already paid in full for last year, and some have paid a deposit. We will carry these payments over for this summer’s course unless you tell me otherwise.

The week’s details are below just for reference. We expect the timetable to be much the same in 2021, and we expect the costs to be similar, but we can’t know for sure until Rydal Hall confirm.

The week

Rydal week starts on the first Saturday afternoon in July, every year, and runs to the following Saturday morning.

The first rehearsal is at 7.30pm in the Bishop Bulley Barn.  The Barn is situated 100 yards behind Rydal Hall, up a flight of stone steps.

For those staying in the Hall, your rooms will be ready from 4pm, and the first evening meal will be at 6.00pm.

Breakfast is at 8.30am, and the morning rehearsal starts at 9.30am, finishing at noon. Dinner is at 6pm, followed by the evening rehearsal, from 7.30 – 9.30pm. Lunchtime and afternoons are free for you to fill how you choose. There will be plenty of people happy to play chamber music with you if you’d like to do this.

N.B. on Tuesday and Thursday there is a bonus strings-only session from 12-12.30pm. Also – there is no rehearsal at all on Wednesday morning, i.e. the only rehearsal on that day will be in the evening. The final rehearsal is on Friday evening and the course ends after breakfast on the first Saturday in August.

Remember to bring:

  • Instruments;
  • Music stands, preferably labelled;
  • Stand lights if you use them; and
  • Appropriate clothing for all seasons!

If you have access to sets of orchestral or chamber music parts then feel free to bring them along too.

Let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements (allergies, vegetarian, lactose intolerant etc).  Also let us know if you have any other specific requirements so that we can make arrangements with the hall wherever possible.

For lunch, there is a café on site, and the hall can provide packed lunches on request (at a cost). There are also plenty of local cafés and hostelries in the surrounding area.

The Rydal Hall bar will be open for refreshments after each evening rehearsal.

The costs that WOULD have been charged for 2020’s course are displayed in the table below.  Please note that there is now a surcharge for rooms with a garden view, which is £7 per person per night. Those of you who are familiar with the beautiful views across to Loughrigg and Windermere (on a clear day!) might agree that this is worth the extra.

Type of Accommodation Cost Notes
Dinner, bed and breakfast £507 or £549 with garden view Includes bed, breakfast, 3 course evening meal and morning coffee.   
Bed and breakfast £387 or £429 with garden view Includes bed and breakfast and morning coffee
Children 0-3 years FREE  
Children 4-9 25% of full price  
Children 10-14 50% of full price  
Young people 15-17 75% of full price  

If you want to play but not stay in the hall, the costs are as follows:

Non-residents Cost Notes
Adult £115 for the week Includes morning coffee.  
Child £50  

If you would like to attend the course, here are the key dates for payments.

Deposit by end of March.  For residents this is £150, for non-residents £25.

Full balance by end of June.                                 

We have reserved the full hall for the Genin Orchestra, but any rooms which we have not filled will be released back to the hall on at the end of April. So please reserve your place as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. 

As usual, you can spread the cost over the next few months in any way you like, just as long as you let us know.  Also, when you send you deposit, state which option you have chosen so that we can ensure the meal numbers are correct.

Online payments are preferable.  Bank details are available on request.

If you have any questions please email [email protected].