Courses at the BISC

Several music courses are offered every year at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC), Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. The content of these courses is the same as those offered at Queen's, but includes field trips to experience music in different performance contexts.

Courses offered at the BISC

For information on the ISC, including full course offerings, how to apply and financial assistance, please visit the BISC website.

Musical life at the Castle is overseen by two resident musicians, pianist and composer Shelley Katz and singer Diana Gilchrist. As well as preparing a student/faculty concert at the end of each term, their activities include the organization of master-classes, music workshops, choir, and trips to opera, ballet and other classical performances in London, Glyndebourne and local venues.

Music resources at the Castle include a piano in the ballroom, an organ in the Dacre room, a Yamaha digital grand piano in the Alumni room, a guitar, and a flute. The Music Turret, Dacre room, Alumni room and the Ballroom can all be used for practicing. Shelley Katz supervises the Electronic Music Studio, located on the castle grounds, which can be used for computer-based music making.