Welcome to the NLMS Music Summer School website

(video courtesy of Rhodri Spearing)

The Society has been running summer schools for over thirty years.This website is principally dedicated to giving you information about the summer school.  Following a highly successful 2016 course, the 2017 NLMS Music Summer School will run from Saturday 12th to Saturday 19th August, at our usual venue, Queenswood School in Potters Bar.  Please visit the various areas of this site to find out more details on the repertoire, the tutors and other information about the course.

STOP PRESS: Vacancies for 2017
Please note that there are still some spaces available on the 2017 course for instrumentalists on violin, viola, double bass, horn, trombone,
and singers of soprano, alto, tenor and particularly bass voices.


July15th 2017 – We have just sent out the latest newsletter.  You can read it here.  It has several updates, including the formal notice of the Society’s AGM.  There is also further encouragement for anyone thinking of applying for this year’s Summer School to get an application in as soon as possible!  Links to the application process can be found at the head of this page.

If you didn’t receive the newsletters and would like to get future communications, please e-mail the NLMS Secretary, Steve Walker.  We plan to send out newsletters occasionally, and this is a good way to keep in touch with the latest information.

We aim to provide enjoyment through music-making and, while we achieve high standards of performance, this is never at the expense of friendliness and good humour.

I hope to see you at Queenswood in August and, whether you are a regular attender or a new member, you can be assured of a warm welcome.

In the meantime, please visit and “Like” us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter.

Philip Meaden
NLMS Chairman

Steve Bingham
NLMS Course Director

Comments from Course Members

“Queenswood is a high spot of our year. Many thanks for providing such a super musical experience.”

“Many thoughts will remain with me after what has been one of the most exhausting but rewarding weeks of my whole life.”

“This week was close to being perfect for me.”

“I would like to thank all staff, tutors, helpers and the members for my first happy week at NLMS. Not only musically helpful but friendly. I look forward to next year.”

“A wonderful week of hard, fulfilling study and practice. A very good social opportunity to meet and make new friends with common interests. Well done everybody.”

“The tutors are absolutely marvellous.”

“The venue, organisation, facilities and camaraderie have been 1st rate.”

“I had such a good time. Music-making is so exciting!”

“This course keeps me smiling for weeks.”

“Excellent week! Thank you very much: tutors very professional, friendly environment. I’ve learned a lot. No complaints.”