COVID-19 Statement – 9 November 2020

Variations Chamber Music Course – Saturday 24th to Friday 30th July 2021

Normally we would be inviting applications for the Variations 2021 chamber music course now but you will know that we could not meet under the current lockdown rules.

However, the Variations Board of Trustees are determined that the course will go ahead next July if at all possible – we really do not want to miss another year of music making in Ullapool. We have recently been in touch with the Edinburgh Quartet, Philip Burrin, Rosie Staniforth and Maxi Martin who have all given us enthusiastic support and expressed their hopes that they will be able to join us as Tutors next year.

We are not inviting applications for Variations 2021 yet but will do as soon as we think that the pandemic constraints will allow us to run the event. The preliminary vaccine news this week does give us reason to be hopeful. We are confident that we can compress all the planning and preparation into four months so we will make a decision about whether we can run Variations by the end of March 2021 at the latest.

The following information applies to the intended 2020 Variations course and appears here as a guide for those interested in joining us.

We will release information about the 2021 course as soon as we can.


The course will take place in Ullapool, Wester Ross, from Saturday 25th July to Friday 31st July 2020.

Once again, members of the renowned Edinburgh Quartet together with Philip Burrin, Rosie Staniforth and Maximiliano Martin will be your tutors for the week.

Photograph by Jean Stoner

Your course fee also includes tickets for the two public concerts given by the Edinburgh Quartet.


Booking for Variations 2020 is now closed.

If you book your place before 31 March 2020, the course costs £440 (£490 after 31 March). A £100 deposit is required to secure each place at the time of booking. See our ‘Book Your Place‘ page for more details.