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The Anthony Greville-Bell 2019 Orchestral Summer Course

Sunday August 18th – Monday August 26th 2019

The Learning Orchestra has an annual Orchestral Summer Course in Provence. This is run by our conductor David Evans and will be our 11th Summer Course. The recommended standard for the course is good Grade 4 and above.

About the Course

We travel down together by Eurostar from St Pancras to Avignon, and then go by coach to Lumiere, although you can make your own way there.

We stay in the Hotellerie Notre Dame de Lumieres, which is 13 km east of Avignon. It is a converted convent with simple, but comfortable accommodation, good food and a swimming pool in a peaceful wooded location.

Rehearsals are in the morning and late afternoon/early evening, leaving the afternoons free for reading in the shade or sun by the pool, swimming, exploring the local footpaths and nearby village, or playing in informal groups with other musicians if you want to arrange that and bring music.

There is a really well-stocked village shop to buy food for a picnic lunch which we enjoy in a pretty shaded spot, or a choice of a couple of restaurant/cafes in the village, or you can walk up to the nearest hill town Goult; some of us also walk up there early in the morning before our rehearsal when it is cooler and enjoy a coffee in the town square.

On the Saturday there is an optional coach trip for the whole day, usually visiting Apt market, and then exploring a couple of other picturesque villages. Last year this cost about 20 euros each to pay for the coach.

We end the week with an evening concert on Sunday 25th August for local residents in the village church in Lumiere.

Musicians are welcome to bring friends or partners to enjoy the week with us.

Information about the accommodation and hotel facilities can be found at


Accommodation ('Demi-pension')

  • BASIC ('Eco') total for 8 nights: 635 euros
  • STANDARD ('Hotelier') total for 8 nights: 680 euros
  • Single supplement for 8 nights: 264 euros

Tuition fee

  • £180


  • Eurostar train fare London-Avignon c.£205 (standard premier return)
  • Coach from Avignon to hotel c.£20 return


A booking with a deposit of £100 will need to be paid by March 31st 2019. The balance is due by June 30th 2019.

For further details please see our Summer Course 2019 Leaflet which can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

You can also Contact us if you have any questions.

How to book your place

  • Go to our Contact Page, select Orchestral Summer Course and click Send message
  • We will then email you a booking form and details about paying your deposit
PDF icon TLO Summer Course 2019 Leaflet1.51 MB