Welcome to the NLMS Music Summer School website

A course for adult amateur players with orchestra, choir, woodwind, string and brass ensemble elements

The Society has been running summer schools for over thirty years.This website is principally dedicated to giving you information about the summer school.  The society also runs a string quartet weekend in the Leeds area, typically at Easter time.

The 2018 Summer School was a huge success, with record attendance and some great music making by all the ensembles and the tutors.   You can pick up some of the highlights on the Society’s Facebook page, and you can also find photos from the week on Flickr.

An important message from the NLMS Trustees and Committee

2019 Music Summer School

We are delighted to be able to announce that NLMS’s longstanding and very successful series of music summer schools will continue in 2019, at a new venue – Downe House in Cold Ash, near Newbury, Berkshire. Like Queenswood, Downe House is a girls’ boarding school; unlike Queenswood, most of the bedrooms that we shall be using are purpose-designed for single occupancy, and all are modern with washbasins that have running water! The buildings are accessible and within easy reach of each other, and the school has extensive grounds and recreational facilities that will be available to us.

Further details will follow in next month’s Newsletter, but for now, please save the dates for the 2019 summer school – Saturday 3rd – 10th August.

Our objective remains to run a summer school as similar as possible to what we’ve run before, including a choir, two orchestras and a string group. The vast majority of the tutors, who have made our previous summer schools so successful, will be joining us at Downe House and so the continuity with our previous offerings is set to be very high.

We hope to be able to open bookings for the 2019 summer school on December 1, and we will keep you informed via this website, newsletter and Facebook page of any latest developments, including repertoire proposals for the various groups.

Please plan to apply as soon as possible after the opening date and, if you can, no later than the end of January, because we will be required to enter a binding contract with the School on 1 February.

We hope that you’ll be able to join us at our exciting new venue and we look forward to seeing you there.

Philip Meaden
(Chair of Trustees)


We sent out a newsletter in June 2017.  You can read it here, and we are working on another edition which will be available shortly, with further news and updates. 

If you haven’t received our 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 our new venue in August 2019 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.”