Master Classes in East Sussex

August 2019

Our 2019 Master Classes, for those aged 18 years or older, will be taking place at The Steps from Sunday 4th August and will culminate with a formal concert at Winchelsea Church, followed by a reception, on Saturday 10th August.  Applications for this event will be via our website ONLY and our online application form will be available here from 1st March 2019 along with further details of prices for the week.  If you would like to be kept informed about this event along with news from The Foundation, please sign up to our mailing list (sign-up form at the bottom of this page).

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.
  • Wardrobe: During the week we have a "Wardrobe Expert" in situ who will be advising on formal and appropriate Concert attire.  We are able to supply items of clothing for this event should you require them.



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. Individual 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.  Observers may also join us for the whole week.

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

Master Classes - July 2018

Our inaugural Master Classes, led by Professor Alberto Portugheis, were 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).

This Master Class culminated in a very successful concert in Winchelsea

Photographs © Ali Avery-Green