4th Annual Sicily Orchestral Course: 2018








  • A friendly orchestral course for adults and young people in the stunningly beautiful south eastern corner of Sicily.
  • Spouses / partners / children are most welcome, and (non-playing ones) are exempt from the course fee.
  • Rehearsals and accommodation are in the beautiful baroque town of Scicli (pronounced Shee-klee!) with a concert (or possibly two concerts) at the end of the week. 
  • Enjoy the superb history, architecture, beaches, food and hospitality of this unspoilt region! 
  • If you know the TV series ‘Inspector Montalbano’ then you will already be familiar with this area.




Peter Fender will conduct and there will be a professional orchestral leader. There will be three morning rehearsals (24-26 July) in our base of Scicli.  Then on the Saturday there will be a concert preceded by a late afternoon rehearsal.  There is the possibility of a second concert, but this isn't yet confirmed.  The rehearsals will be in the centre of Scicli.


The exact repertoire is to be confirmed - it will depend to some extent on who applies.  Nonetheless this year we will have some Sicilian singers and we will do more operatic music ... with some orchestral and one or two lighter bits mixed in.

Instruments sought: flute / oboe / clarinet / bassoon / horn / trumpet / trombone / tuba / violin / viola / 'cello / double bass / timpani / percussion.





We have players with a variety of standards across the orchestra (including professional).  Orchestral experience is more important than grade standard, but as a guide: grade 6 plus.







You will be spending time in the Val di Noto, and particularly in the town of Scicli, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a beautiful example of late baroque architecture.

As well as the musical side to the week, there will be plenty of time to explore - whether your passion is history, architecture, beaches, food - or you can just chill out in a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere!

There will be optional extra trips arranged to local places of interest.  Previous trips have been to: Donnafugata Castle, Montalbano's house at 'Marinella' (really Punta Secca), and a meal (including fresh ricotta) on a working dairy farm.  A small supplement (usually c.€10-15) to cover the cost of transport will be requested during the week from each person going on each trip.

The beach is a short bus ride away.


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You pay for your travel and accommodation plus a £150 fee to cover course expenses (e.g. professional fees for the conductor and leader, music hire, venue costs, concert publicity etc)


Large instrumentscellists and double bassists are eligible for help with the cost of transporting their instrument. There may be the possibiliy of us hiring an instrument for you in Sicily (which we would pay for).  Please enquire.





Please click the link below to make an application or ask questions about this course. 

Please note: you have a place on the course only when this has been confirmed back to you - please don't pay any money until you have received that confirmation.

Application Form





top: Scicli centre / Scicli balcony

middle: tipical local mixed antipasto / San Bartolomeo church in Scicli

bottom: Enzo's restaurant at Punta Secca / Donnafugata castle