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Parent of Tim aged 13, France

Thank you for everything!  Timmy came home safe and sound.  He was thrilled with his stay.  He really wants to go back!  He loved it there. This was the best thing for him. And he is very motivated!  I am very grateful to you for all that you’ve done.


Best wishes and hugs from France


Flora, aged 17, Austria

Hello Olena,


I wanted to thank you for organising something so extraordinary again and making it possible for me to come. As always, I have really enjoyed coming back to the course. 

This year especially has been extra-amazing as this was the first time for most of us to play together with other musicians after such a long break.

I really can’t stop smiling when thinking back to those two weeks because they were amongst the best I’ve ever had.

Tight hugs.

Parent of Yana, aged 16, United Kingdom

Once again, thank you so much for organising these incredible two weeks of music atmosphere with world-class musicians and teachers at a place with the best possible facilities as the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Yana came home full of inspiration, many good friends, warm memories, and an even stronger love of music and desire to refine her skills.


Warm regards,



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Gianluca, aged 17, Italy

Dear Olena and Richard,


I would like to thank you again for the wonderful experience at Encore. As a returning student I could enjoy more deeply every single moment of my stay. It was easier for me to organize my schedule with music and relaxing moments with new friends. I was able to take advantage of the individual lessons and ensembles thanks to the high-level teachers in the course. I appreciated their expertise and dedication in recognizing each student’s needs. I really enjoyed my new experience in conducting, too!! 


Parent of Alfie, aged 14, England

Dear Richard and Olena,

Thank you so much for your wonderful course.  As a parent, I felt reassured by the excellent organisation from the warm welcome on arrival, to the timetable and surroundings being so clearly explained to us and the fabulous end of course concert.  The music lessons were outstanding, particularly the individual lessons that Alfie had with Joshua Fisher.  Alfie has come away feeling inspired and full of enthusiasm and energy, eager to attend the course again in the future.


The House Staff were so friendly and helpful, and were clearly committed to creating a positive atmosphere between all the students on the course.  On picking Alfie up, it was lovely to see all the new found friendships, with many of the students swapping contact details with one another as they said their goodbyes (for now).

Thank you very much to you all.

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Parent of Martina, aged 19, Scotland

Dear Olena,

It was a pleasure meeting you this summer in Wells. We enjoyed all the concerts so much, and are happy to have made the long trip down from Scotland.


Martina has gained experience, and great pleasure from her two summers spent at your school. You inspire confidence, and make it normal to be keen to practise.


We hope you have rested and recovered from your tremendous efforts. 


Our heartfelt thanks to you and all your colleagues. 

Parents of Ingrid, aged 12, United Kingdom

Dear Olena and Richard,


The Encore Project at the Menuhin school this year (2021) was decidedly a unique and intensive experience for our daughter studying the violin, aged 12.

She gained the invaluable opportunity to work directly with exceptional teachers - who worked with her on technique and her selected piece.  

The program was very well organised with an optimal mix of solo and ensemble playing, sports and socialisation.  


The final gala concert in particular was very enjoyable and we were impressed by the level of playing - it was clear all the teachers and students were highly engaged.

Our daughter greatly enjoyed the amenities on the Menuhin campus, which provided a safe atmosphere for the students.


As her first experience at a program like this we could not have been happier with the outcome - her playing really improved and she made new friends.

I would highly recommend the Encore program to musicians who would like an intensive, but fun experience with renowned teachers on a beautiful campus.


Parents of Eden, aged 16 and Liam, aged 13, France

Dear Olena, Dear Richard,

Once again Eden and Liam had a wonderful musical experience with Encore Music Project.

Thank you both, for offering such a professional environment with such warmth too!

Our kids came back with even more desire to live music everyday, their repertoire is enriched and the desire to practice and share music is stronger.

Their hearts and heads are full of very good music and friendship memories.

We wish you a wonderful summer and hope you recuperated from the intense two weeks!

Very warm regards,

Liat and Yann


Augustin, aged 16, France

Dear Olena and Richard,

Thank you very much for these lovely pictures, and above all for the outstanding summer course!

I didn’t think it was possible, but it has been even better than 2 years ago!!

I was particularly happy to work again with Noriko during lessons and Vadim in master classes; I have also absolutely loved meeting Oleg Marshev and Jeffrey Sharkey!

With Oleg I have progressed a lot in chamber music, my partners were terrific and we took up the challenge of performing a very demanding piece!!

In composition, Jeffrey has so well led me: he has made me find new ideas but never by giving them to me and opened many new prospects... he is such an inspiring teacher and a marvellous musician!!

I want here to thank so much Finn, who has done an incredibly wonderful work performing the vocal part of my composition on the gala concert!!  Seeing compositions performed by professionals is one of the unique opportunities of Encore!

Furthermore, the English tuitions are by far the most interesting I have ever attended, perfectly tailor-made, Jooles Whitehead is such a passionate teacher who made me learn so much not only about English language but also culture.

All teachers of the course are so enriching, and not to mention the magnificent concerts they played all along the week!

The atmosphere between students is really the best I have ever seen in any summer course, Encore Music Project is definitely THE place to meet fantastic people, from so many different countries!

Thanks again for this wondrous summer course; I’m now looking forward to next summer! 

Best wishes et à l’année prochaine!


Parent of Nicole, aged 15, Australia

Hi Olena,


We’re well and truly back in Australia now but I want to take the opportunity to thank you, Richard and your incredible program for giving Nicole such a magnificent experience.


Not only did she relish the immersion in music, the whole program was in her words “the best time in my life so far”, the like-minded friends she has made and the wonderful tutor Andrea who she formed a really successful teacher/student relationship with - and the performance of the Bartok Romanian Dances was a rewarding outcome.

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