COVID-19 Statement – 18 April 2021

The Board of Trustees has decided that the 2021 Variations Chamber Music course is cancelled because of the current measures in place to control the Covid-19 pandemic and the considerable uncertainty about when we will be able to resume organised amateur music making.

We are greatly saddened to have cancelled our week in Ullapool for a second year running but have taken the decision because it seems extremely unlikely that we can organise an event in July that would bear any resemblance to the Variations courses we know and love.

We will be organising the next Variations Chamber Music course for Saturday 23rd to Friday 29th July 2022 and will confirm these dates in November this year.

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


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.