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Maiastra Courses

The Aidan Woodcock Charitable Trust holds two types of chamber music courses:

Residential Course
Our residential courses are residential and last up to ten days each. They are held in a beautiful barn in Surrey, where the musicians and tutor will rehearse together and live together. Each course culminates in three public concerts, across Surrey and/or West London. The courses are completely free for students. These courses also have the additional bonus of outside coaching, normally from Professor David Takeno or David Waterman.

Non-residential Course
Shorter non-residential courses, lasting four days, are also organised on an intermittent basis and are normally based in London. These courses are led by an established professional player, usually with Professor Arisa Fujita or Professor Akiko Ono.

How to apply

If you would like to take part in one of our courses, we would love to hear from you. We are a friendly team and we will chat with you about the time commitment needed, and the level of musicianship suited to take part in our courses. Do email us for more details:


The Aidan Woodcock Charitable Trust (AWCT) was established in 2001 with general musical objectives and operates in the public sphere under the name of ‘Maiastra’. The Trust's objective since 2006 has been to provide courses for advanced students in the performance of chamber music. The participants, four or five in number, will normally be at post-graduate level and planning to make chamber music their career or a part of their career.
These courses are directed and taught by professional musicians and professors of highly regarded and established musical academies and schools, such as the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Yehudi Menuhin School.
The courses are run in a private location(s) and the students and the course director reside at this location for the duration of the longer course which lasts up to ten days.
Abuse of any kind has never been accepted or tolerated by the AWCT nor since the inception of these courses have there been any reported instances of abuse.
Before any residential course all students are made aware that if they are abused or feel abused in any way they should report it to the course director. In the unlikely event that abuse is alleged to have been by the course director students should contact the Trustee and Safeguarding Officer.
The Safeguarding Officer will then, in conjunction with another trustee, interview the accuser and accused and a full report will be produced indicating whether in their view the authorities should be advised and what further and immediate action is required.
Any student or participant in a ‘Maiastra’ course or event who is dissatisfied with the action taken or proposed by the Safeguarding Officer may contact the Surrey County Council Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Tel 0300 470 9100.

Wayne Kitcat,
Trustee & Safeguarding Officer.
AIDAN WOODCOCK CHARITABLE TRUST Registered Charity Number 1167616