Master Classes in East Sussex

Our inaugural Masterclass, led by Professor Alberto Portugheis, was held at The Steps in Rye in July 2018 and we were delighted to welcome Grigoris Iannou (Greece), Angel Laguna (Spain), Natalie Molloy (Trinity College, London), Giancarlo Staffetti (Paris) and Alex Traykov (Bulgaria and Purcell School, London).

The Steps:

An Edwardian house with literary and musical connections, just 15 minutes walk from the ancient and historic Cinque Ports town of Rye (

What else is available?

  • Excellent practice facilities for pianos and a range of other instruments.
  • A comprehensive Library offering a wide range of music (including Urtext editions), analytical books, CDs and also general reading in a variety of different languages.
  • Recreation: Should you wish to take a break, we have in the gardens a croquet lawn, badminton, table tennis and the traditional Sussex game of Stoolball. There is also nearby a private Club offering students at The Steps the use of an indoor heated swimming pool and gym at a cost of £8.00 per session.



The nearest main station is Ashford International, which connects to both Europe via the Eurostar and London stations – from Ashford there is a direct link to Rye itself (20 minutes walk from The Steps).



Visitors are also most welcome to observe these Master Class sessions in the week prior to the concert. These will run daily from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm and from 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm. Tickets for each session are £10, payable at the door. If you would like also to join us for lunch, there will be an additional charge of £10. Numbers will be limited, so please confirm in advance if this is of interest.

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The Steps in Summer
The Steps in Summer
The Steps in Summer

Our inaugural week-long Master Class took place in July 2018

This Master Class culminated in a very successful concert in Winchelsea

Photographs © Ali Avery-Green