Since 1990 our summer courses have offered young musicians of all ages the opportunity to play together and explore a variety of musical styles and experiences.

Fantasia & COVID-19

It is with great sadness that I have decided not to run Fantasia this year. I have been waiting and watching and trying to work out if there was any way we could run a residential school. Fantasia has always been a very close-knit community and as much as we might try to put measures in place I have had to accept that a ‘socially distanced’ Fantasia would not be possible. For the safety of everyone I am sure this is the right decision.

However, we are working on ideas to connect the Fantasia community virtually this summer — so watch this space! All best wishes to everyone. Keep in touch and stay safe. We will be back in 2021.

Sam Sutton, Course Director

A Passion for Music

Fantasia Music School runs summer courses for young musicians aged 6–18 that offer a welcoming, inclusive environment for instrumentalists to play together in small and large groups, exploring a wide variety of musical styles and experiences.

Fantasia now offers four different courses, run concurrently over one week in August each year, and tailored to the specific music teaching needs of children of different age ranges and instrumental abilities.

Courses 1, 2 and 3 provide a carefully structured mix of individual and group teaching for children from 6 years and up. Course 4 runs alongside and offers children aged 11 and older more intensive programme of rehearsal and performance.

All courses offer a core programme that includes orchestra, choir and chamber groups for all students.

In addition there are three core performance activities: an informal student concert in which any student can play to their peers, a staff concert in which staff perform for the students and parents, and a final student concert at the end of the week.

Fantasia is about so much more than just creating music: it is about community, and about working and living as a group of people from different backgrounds and across the generations. What we all have in common is a passion for music and a desire to become better people through our art.
Sam Sutton, Course Director

Fantasia & Prebendal

In 2017 Fantasia began an exciting new chapter as we moved to the historic Prebendal School in Chichester. Prebendal is a natural partner for us. The school is a Centre of Musical Excellence whose choristers sing almost daily in Chichester Cathedral, and some 95% of its students learn at least one musical instrument.

Contact us

Please email us with your questions. If you would prefer to chat about the course in person we will be happy to call you. Just email us your number!

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Course 1

Ages 5–8
Offers an introduction to music for any young student, whether or not they are already learning an orchestral instrument.
Each day combines playing, listening to and exploring music, with recreational activities. There are also opportunities for more experienced students to play together as a group.

Course 2

Grade 1–3 • Ages 8–11
For students already learning an orchestral instrument who are ready to start playing in a group.
Typical additional activities: string orchestra, wind band, recorders, piano, listening and composition.

Course 3

Grade 3–5 • Ages 10–14
For students who have gained a good proficiency on their instrument and who are keen to improve their group-playing skills.
Typical additional activities: string orchestra, wind band, recorders, piano, listening, composition, folk band and swing band.

Course 4

Grade 5–8+ • Ages 11–18
For students at grade 5 and above who wish to explore a wider range of musical styles and specialist options.
Typical additional activities: folk band, swing band, chamber choir, composition, improvisation and piano.

Dates & fees for 2020

Fantasia will run from August 16th–21st. Residential students are expected to arrive on the afternoon of Sunday 16th and leave after the student concert on the afternoon of Friday 21st. Day students are expected to attend all day from Monday 17th to Friday 21st. The fee for day students includes lunch.

£300 Day students only

COURSES 2, 3 & 4
£490 Day£590 Residential

Early-bird discount

Register and pay in full by the end of February to receive a 10% discount.

Family discount

We offer a special discount for individual families registering more than one sibling. If you register two children, you will receive a 5% family discount on all your fees. If you register three or more siblings, you will receive a 10% discount on all fees. The early-bird discount will be applied in addition to the family discount if both apply.

Payment terms

For all registrations made before the end of April, full payment is due by the end of April. For ‘late’ registrations (May—August), payment will be due within 7 days of the confirmation of your registration.

Residential places

We will do everything we can to accommodate everyone who wants to be part of Fantasia, but please be aware that residential places are limited, and are only guaranteed once payment has been received in full.

Values & Care

When we come away from our everyday lives to be at Fantasia, my hope is that we can feel safe in a place where we can all work hard, meet new people and perhaps discover a few new things about ourselves.
Sam Sutton, Course Director

The Fantasia Family

Fantasia was built on the belief that by coming together to share our love of music in a holiday atmosphere, we can pass on a sense of joy, community and creativity.

While always careful to welcome newcomers, we also have a high proportion of returning students, tutors and staff — all of whom have been part of our extended family for many years. We are proud that an increasing number of our music tutors are ‘home grown’, having been Fantasia students themselves.

Pastoral care & First Aid

We know that the pastoral care of our students is just as important as their musical tuition. Nikki Ridley, our Head of Pastoral, is a fully trained first-aider, and is herself a skilled musician who was a long-time Fantasia student.

Wellbeing & Safeguarding

We take the wellbeing and welfare of every student seriously, and have a robust ‘Safeguarding Policy’ and comprehensive ‘Code of Conduct’ to which all tutors, staff and volunteers must adhere.

Our safeguarding policy has been drawn up on the basis of the body of current law and guidance that seeks to protect the children. Statutory government safeguarding guidance includes advice around safer recruitment. We ensure all our tutors are DBS checked and thoroughly referenced.

Nut-free school

Our Course Director, Sam Sutton, is herself a mother of a child with severe allergies and we take the matter of food allergies extremely seriously.

We are a strictly nut-free school and our kitchen staff will work carefully with any allergies that parents alert us to.


Fantasia Music School is held at The Predendal School in the centre of the historic cathedral city of Chichester in West Sussex, England.

The Prebendal is the oldest school in Sussex and probably dates back to the foundation of Chichester Cathedral itself in the 11th century. It was re-founded in 1497 by Bishop Edward Storey who attached it to the Prebend of Highleigh in Chichester Cathedral and thus gave its present name. It was one of the first schools to become co-educational in the 1970s.

The charming 13th century school house with its historic narrow tower still stands in West Street. Long Dormitory, on the top floor contains 300 year old panelling and three adjoining 18th century houses have been added. Over the years the School has added further extensions and also uses the East Wing of the Bishop’s Palace which is next door to the main school buildings.

Do visit The Prebendal’s own website which has much more information about the school.