Chloë Hanslip  - Violin/Viola

The Hertfordshire Festival of Music celebrates and nurtures exceptional musicmaking, bringing world-class musicians to the county. HFoM’s aims include supporting professional and young musicians from Hertfordshire, presenting fascinating music by living composers, and to devise major and innovative projects for education and participation.

Founded in 2016, HFoM has presented concerts that have inspired extraordinary audience responses, with artists such as Tasmin Little OBE, Dame Emma Kirkby, Stephen Hough CBE, Steven Isserlis CBE, the Carducci Quartet, the Galliard Ensemble, and the Orchestra of the Swan.

In 2021, Chloë Hanslip will be the Principal Artist at the Festival (June 4 -10). Chloë has already established herself as an artist of distinction on the international stage. Prodigiously talented, she made her BBC Proms debut at fourteen and her US concerto debut at fifteen and has performed at major venues in the U.K. (Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall) Europe (Vienna Musikverein, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Paris Louvre and Salle Gaveau, St Petersburg Hermitage) as well as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Arts Space in Tokyo, and the Seoul Arts Centre.

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HFoM is delighted to announce that on Tuesday 8 June 2021, and in collaboration with Future Talent for whom she’s an Ambassador, Chloë will be giving upper strings masterclasses at 6-7pm and 8-9pm and applications are now open for musicians to take part. The Masterclass will take place at Queenswood School’s Ernest Read Hall. Queenswood School is located in Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

As the HFoM Principal Artist, Chloë will be performing with the HFoM Festival Orchestra on Saturday 5 June 2021 at All Saints’ Church in Hertford, and with pianist Danny Driver on Thursday 10 June at Queenswood School. Full details of all the HFoM concerts will be available on our Performances and Events page.


Masterclass Application


There is no charge for making an application for the Masterclass, and tickets to observe the sessions will be free to reserve. Due to limited space, the classes will also be made available as a livestream.


The services of a professional pianist will be provided, again free of any charge if you’re chosen to participate. You will only need to cover the costs of transport to and from the class, and accommodation, should that be necessary.


In the past, musicians who have appeared in the HFoM Masterclass series have been invited to perform at future Festivals. Whilst we cannot guarantee this, it is an opportunity we hope to be able to offer.

Who can apply?


Anyone. There are no age restrictions. However, you should be of Grade VIII or Diploma standard and above. Applications are encouraged from candidates with a family or educational link to Hertfordshire, but this is not a condition of entry and in the past participants in our Masterclass series have come from across the U.K. and overseas.

What do I need to send to you to apply?


We would like a letter of application of no more than five hundred words, stating something about your musical background and – crucially - what you would gain from taking part in this masterclass from an educational/career perspective. We also require a reference - one paragraph is sufficient - from your current or most recent teacher or another professional musician who knows you, supporting your application. We need you to send us a video recording - not just audio - of your playing, which you need to upload to YouTube or a similar online platform, but not as attachment to an e-mail, or a file share. N.B. Please ensure the video is made ‘private’, especially if you’re playing music in copyright. If you need any technical assistance and advice with doing this, please contact us.

What are the repertoire requirements?


Between five and ten minutes of music, with two contrasting pieces which may be solo, or with accompaniment. Please let us know the details of your pieces in the e-mail of application.

What are the deadlines?


We need to have received your completed application by 6pm on Tuesday 13 April 2021. Decisions will be sent to all applicants by e-mail on Tuesday 20 April 2021.


Send your application by e-mail to info@hertsmusicfest.org.uk and put ‘Masterclass application from (your name)’ in the subject header.


Anything else I need to know? We cannot enter into any correspondence about our decisions and if you are chosen to take part, we will inform you of all subsequent details. You will need to be available during the daytime of Tuesday 8 June to rehearse at Queenswood with our accompanist, or your own, if you need piano accompaniment. Please note that the classes will be live-streamed, although they won’t be recorded for any future broadcast.