Rydal 2024

We’re already looking forward to Rydal 2024! Watch this space for developments.

The dates for the next course are Saturday 27th July to Saturday 3rd August 2024.

(Rydal week starts on the last 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 probably be at 6.00pm (to be confirmed).

Breakfast is at 8.30am, and the morning rehearsal starts at 9.30am, finishing at noon. Dinner is at 6pm (tbc), 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, followed by the WORLD FAMOUS QUIZ, and the course ends after breakfast on the first Saturday in August.

Remember to bring:

  • Instruments;
  • Music stands, 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.

Here are the 2023 costs for reference (these are likely to change)

Type of Accommodation Cost Notes
Sharing a double room, per person£721 (£103 per night)Includes bed, breakfast, 3-course evening meal, morning coffee, and all the music! 
Single person in a single room£861 (£123 per night) Includes bed, breakfast, 3-course evening meal, morning coffee, and all the music!   
Single person in a double room£966 (£138 per night) Includes bed, breakfast, 3-course evening meal, morning coffee, and all the music! 
Children 0-3 years FREE  
Children 4-9 50% of full price  
Children 10-15 75% of full price  
Over 15s full price  

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

Non-residents Cost Notes
Adult £10 per rehearsal Includes morning coffee, and all the music.
Child FREE  

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 May. So please reserve your place as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. 

If you intend to come, please let us know when you can.  We’d like to know:

  • Type of room (single, double, twin, single occupancy of a double or none at all if you’re making your own accommodation arrangements)
  • What nights (preference will be given to players coming for the full week)
  • If you’re in a twin or double, any roommate preferences
  • Your instrument
  • Any dietary requirements

You can pay whenever you like, so long as we have payment in full by 31 May 2024.

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

If you have any questions please email geninorchestra@gmail.com.