Project information

East Neuk Retreat for Gifted Young Musicians 2016

From June 2016, East Neuk Retreat will offer an opportunity to ten gifted young musicians to spend an intense week with the world's finest musicians playing music, learning and rehearsing. In culmination of the week, the musicians will present a concert as part of the Festival programme.

June 2016 - July 2016

Charity information: East Neuk Festival

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  • Need


    In order to create a truly great chamber music performances it requires many critical factors: personal and shared responsibility, stamina and imagination, and many hours of preparation and rehearsal. This time commitment far exceeds the rehearsal schedule of an orchestra and fees are comparatively low in comparison to the funds available for an orchestra or opera company.


    The East Neuk Retreat will seek to encourage, support and inspire young musicians who are already demonstrating a gift for chamber music by offering a matchless opportunity to spend time with outstanding players to learn specific repertoire and more general kinds of musical wisdom that will influence their work for years to come.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To nurture young musical talent with a passion for chamber music.


    » Create a retreat where young musicians can work with world-class musicians in an intensive schedule of rehearsals and master-classes.
    » Course leaders, such as the esteemed violinist Alexander Janiczek, will guide and instruct the participants through rehearsals and master-classes.

    The musicians will not only learn specific repertoire but also more general kinds of musical wisdom from the course leaders that will influence their work for years to come.

    Aim 2

    Provide performance opportunities for participants.


    » Young musicians will perform in a concert, whether as a trio or quartet, for East Neuk Festival audiences to hear the development of their craft.

    Retreat 2015 created an audience with an appetite for more quality performance. So a full-scale concert by the young musicians will be a key event in the 2016 artistic programme.

    Aim 3

    The raison d'etre of the Festival is to nurture performance and this great chamber music tradition.


    » Give young musicians the guidance and confidence to take on new chamber music challenges in a supportive environment.
    » The inaugural Retreat of 2015 provided valuable lessons on how the musical experience of the performers could be enhanced in 2016.

    There will be a fresh new strand of well-rehearsed chamber music performances, bringing new life to this important musical heritage for audiences to enjoy.

  • Impact


    Retreat 2015 completely undermined an assumption held by some that the youthfulness of the performers implied a inferior standard of performance. The expansion of an audience for young performers is a desired long term change which ENF hopes to achieve year on year, both within the festival and beyond.


    It is vital that East Neuk Festival creates a way to "give something back" to chamber music by investing in outstanding young musicians. Not doing this is a risk to a great tradition of chamber music. Raising financial support for this project, in addition to the programme anticipated each year by our loyal audience, is a risk too. The first three years of the Retreat will be modest and this risk is offset by giving the participants the chance to performance in each years' Festival.


    East Neuk Festival reports back to donors through an annual review, and specific project donors receive a report on the impact of their contribution. All donors to the Retreat will receive a report of what was achieved as a result of this new strand of activity.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 artist/ participant costs This includes the leader fees, accommodation and catering for the Retreat
      £20,000 production costs Venue & piano hire, the roadie and concert costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Box office income £7,000 Conditional
    Participant fees £2,000 Conditional
    Anonymous Donor £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    East Neuk Retreat will take place in the peaceful and quiet East Neuk of Fife, where the musicians are freed to give themselves over to a transformational and intense musical experience. We wish for them to be able to absorb themselves in music without any concert for anything except making the most of the week.


    East Neuk Festival has grown from an audience of 700 in 2004 to over 30,000 in 2015. It is now one of the main chamber music festivals in the UK and is drawing an audience from mainland Europe and increasingly North America. We operate in an area not well served with world class performances and we enliven communities further by on-street art and music.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    East Neuk Festival is a celebrated leader in chamber music in the UK. The Retreat is jointly led by violinist Alexander Janiczek and festival artistic director Svend Brown.

    Janiczek is both versatile and outstanding in his field. As orchestral leader he has led some of the world's most prestigious orchestras; as soloist he has appeared at the Salzburg, Edinburgh and Marlboro festivals. He has connections to excellent musicians internationally, whom he will invite to join him as tutors.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alexander Janiczek

    Retreat leader, violinist and teacher.

    Svend Brown

    Artistic Director of the East Neuk Festival who will deliver the Retreat with the award-winning East Neuk Festival team.