Cadeillan Autumn Course 2018

Cadeillan Autumn Course

Arrival: Friday 26th October 2018

Course starts: Saturday 27th October 2018

Departure:  Sunday evening 4th November or Monday morning 5th November 2018

A short intensive course -violin/viola with Professor Richard Crabtree , an outstanding performer and teacher for advanced level violin and viola students and a Piano Course with Katia Nemirovitch-Dantchenko


One to one tuition daily plus a daily string Ensemble

An End of Course Concert for everyone.

Registrations are made on a first come first serve basis.

The course is being held in the former rectory of Cadeillan in the Gers in the Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées in South West France, a region of outstanding charm, called the French Tuscany.

If you are interested and have questions do email us, otherwise please complete the form below and we will book your place after auditioning your video (only if you are new to us).

New students to us are required to send us a link to a short video recording – for example on YouTube or similar.  Sorry, we cannot accept video files

Students can register as day only students

Students can stay in a local hotel or B & B, or find accommodation nearby.

  • In the holiday village of Samatan , or
  • in the Holiday village of L’Isle-en-Dodon or
  • in a local B & B or hotel
  • Students may also enrol with full board accommodation in one of the two houses of the course; some are single rooms, most rooms are shared.
  • We offer outstanding French food (luncheons, teas and dinners) but you can do your own breakfast. We can accommodate up to 8 students in the students’ house
  • Younger students can be lodged in supervised shared rooms in the main house and get all their meals. We can accommodate up to 4 youngsters

We provide, upon request, transfer from Toulouse airport and home and also to the railway station of L’Isle Jourdain.

The one to one tuition is held in the comfortable former rectory of Cadeillan (Gers) France. The string ensemble in a communal hall, two minutes walk away.

True to our well known LMFL formula it is possible to register for language tuition – EFL for English, FFL for French.

Course Tutors


lmfl teacher richard crabtree
Richard Crabtree

Richard studied violin and viola with Nicholas Roth at Trinity College of Music from 1970-73

He graduated on the violin, but it was his love for the viola that gave him his first taste of the music profession.

As a young violist he worked with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players and the original London Soloists Ensemble. Later as principal violist and soloist, he performed with the London Soloists Ensemble, Wessex Sinfonia, Clifton Virtuosi, Orchestra of the Swan, English National Baroque and the Emerald Ensemble.

His career further developed as a soloist, recording for BBC Radio 3, 4, Classic FM and Greek RTA.

Solo sound tracks were also recorded for television documentaries for BBC 1 and 2, ITV and Channel 4.

His keen interest in promoting contemporary music has taken him throughout the UK and Europe, including a major tour of Turkmenistan. This was organised by the British Council and Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Culture for the Makhtumkuli Festival.

His performances were televised throughout the State, and Richard has the distinction of being the first British musician to perform there since Glasnost.

Richard devotes much of his time to teaching and is Professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance London, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

He also teaches at Bristol University and is on the faculty’s of Bath and Goldsmiths Universities.

Private students from Scotland, France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Shanghai, Singapore, Switzerland and Belgium have regularly worked with Richard for intensive study.

He has coached and given master classes in Korea, Spain, Italy and France.

Richard is currently a member of a distinguished team teachers and soloists who give Recitals, Master Classes, Individual Coaching and Chamber Music for the Language Music for Life organisation; LMFL

Lessons over the Internet to over thirteen countries each week are a new feature of Richard’s work.

This allows students and professional musicians access to a successful pedagogy that they would not normally have access too in their own country.

Over the years his students have won first prizes at National and International Competitions, and regularly gain places with the National Youth Orchestras of England and Wales. His most gifted Postgraduate students procure positions with the major Orchestras in London, throughout the UK and abroad. Young professionals often return for refresher lessons when preparing for auditions.

Most recently he has produced the CRABBERS Scale Manual for Violin, Viola and Cello. A unique system that only uses letters and numbers and is designed for Conservatoire Undergraduates, as well as younger students, that may find remembering scales challenging.

The system is endorsed by other colleagues who teach at the main conservatoires.

Richard enjoys a well balanced musical life style which encompasses all the essential elements of a musician and instrumentalist of the 21st Century.

He plays on a fine Violin by the 19th century Venetian maker Santaguliano 1829, and a fine 18th century Viola by Nathanial Cross, London Fecit 1731.



Richard Crabtree web site
Chary Nurimov Richard Crabttree 
E. Bloch suite for viola and piano 
LMFL – Richard Crabtree with Jean-Luc Borsarello and Alexander Trostiansky – 2008
LMFL – Richard Crabtree and his student Julia Hwang 10 years old
LMFL – Richard Crabtree conducting the String orchestra Fletcher Folk Tune/Fiddle Dance


LMFL tutor Katia Nemirovitch-Danchenko - Piano

Ekaterina Nemirovitch-Danchenko

Ekaterina Nemirovich-Danchenko comes from a dynasty of Russian artists. Originally from the famous family of theatre and musical figures.

Ekaterina”s great-grandfather, Vl. Nemirovich-Danchenko, one of the leading figures of the theatrical culture of the twentieth century, an outstanding director, playwright, writer, teacher, critic and founder, together with Konstantin Stanislavsky, the Moscow Art Theatre (now – the Moscow Art Academic Theatre A. Chekhov).

Born in Moscow, she took her first piano lessons with his grandmother, before continuing his studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, with Tatiana Nikolaeva and with Dimitri Bashkirov. At the age of 7 years, Kate entered the Central Music School for Gifted Children (Music School). During schooling Ekaterina gave many concerts in Moscow and other cities of the country. In particular, she performed with the Symphony Orchestra of Saratov Philharmonic concert number 1 in C Major by Ludwig van Beethoven (at age of 11).

At age of 10 she made her Début at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory Tchaikovsky with performance variations ABEGG Robert Schumann.
Later, she was invited in the same hall to participate in the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky. Both concerts were recorded on Russian television.

After graduating from high school with honours, Ekaterona Nemirovich-Danchenko continued his musical education at the Moscow Conservatory under the direction of Tatiana Nikolaeva and Dimitry Bashkirov. The same year, Katia came to live in Paris and Germany, where she was, among others, working in assisting Christiane Stutzmann in her vocal class  and opera at the Conservatory of Nancy, and  also artistic assistant at the Folkwang Hochschuke für Musik in city of Essen.

As a soloist and chamber artist Katya performed in many countries around the world, in prestigious concert halls.

Ekaterina’s partners are such well-known musicians such as Ingolf Turban, Alexander Marcov, Julia Fischer’ Frank-Michael Erben, Alexander Trostiansky, Viorika Cortez , A.Rojdestvensky and others.

Her talent, as  chamber and ensemble performer,  was highly appreciated and she was invited to participate in master classes of artists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maxim Vengerov, to participate in international competitions ( Tchaikovsky (Moscow), Concours Tibor Varga (Sion – Suisse), Concours Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud (Paris).

Some concerts were recorded by  radio  Germany Sudwestrundfunk and Radio France, in particular a cycle of romances by Tchaikovsky with the counter tenor A.Wassiliev (Radio France .CD)

Katya recorded several CDs :
Among them are works by Respighi (Claves), Mozart, Schubert, (Mozartgeselschaft ), Symphony and overture by Mendelssohn (Leipzig)
In 2012, Ekaterina was awarded a Dr.Watanabe {Japan}  scholarship  for the promotion of  Mendelssohn and  in Leipzigwas  she made some recordings of works by Mendelssohn and Schumann  CD.  ( International Mendelssohn-Stiftung).

Recurring partners in numerous concerts in Europe, Russia and the Middle East were the violinists Jane Peters, Rasma Lielmane Valery Oistrach, Sasha Rozhdestvensky and Ingolf Turban, Korean cellist Young Chan Cho  and more recently violinists Alexander Trostiansky and Alexander Marcov and several singers such as Alexei Vassiliev with whom she is preparing a disc of songs by Tchaikovsky,

With Ingolf Turban, Katia has recorded two CDs, two sonatas by Mozart and Schubert Fantasy (edited by Mozart Gesellschaft Stuttgart) and two sonatas and other pieces of Respighi (Claves).

She has just recorded two symphonies and two overtures by Mendelssohn in piano transcriptions for four hands, violin, and cello by the composer himself (the first symphony) and contemporaries. This disc is published privately by the International Mendelssohn-Stiftung.




LMFL – Venice 2012

Her website

Frédéric CHOPIN – Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante op. 22

Frédéric CHOPIN – Grande polonaise Brillante op.22