Renowned song pianist Malcolm Martineau will run an intensive residential song repertoire course aimed at professional singers and pianists.
The focus of the masterclass will be in performance development of German, French and English repertoire.

Applications are invited for the Malcolm Martineau 2023
Crear Residential Masterclass


Crear, Kilberry, by Tarbert, Argyll PA29 6YD


These Song Masterclasses have been held annually. Coaching is provided by Malcolm in a nurturing and supportive environment at Crear in Argyll, on the West Coast of Scotland.

The masterclasses are aimed at professionals who have a special interest in Song who have completed their studies at either college or university and would like to further their knowledge of the song repertoire.


The Masterclass is an intensive coaching experience in a small group, to prepare the repertoire you want to focus on to the highest standard. You will be able to work on your ability to perform in various languages and styles and to deepen your personal interpretation of songs.

You will be working in the studio as a group, both rehearsing in your duos and in individual classes with Malcolm.

You will have one day before the classes start to have time to rehearse and acclimatise.


You can apply as an individual or as a duo.

Singers are asked to FULLY prepare (ideally from memory) a MINIMUM of fifteen songs in various languages. They will be expected to liaise with their allocated pianist about repertoire prior to the course.

Pianists will be allocated three singers and will be expected to play for over four hours a day.

Participants will observe all the classes.

You are expected to arrive at Crear on Saturday 4 February and rehearse all day on the Sunday 5 February.
Masterclasses will start on the morning of the 6 February 2023.
There will be a welcome party in Glasgow on Saturday afternoon, 4 February 2023 for those of you who can make it and to meet past participants.

Please bring all music copies with you to the course as there is no photocopier access during the course.


Participants will observe all the classes.

The masterclasses will take place from 10am-1pm and 4-7 pm in the studio. From 2-4 pm there will be opportunity to rehearse your repertoire.

Lunch will be provided 1-2 pm. Dinner will be provided at 7:30 pm.


There will be a public performance on Saturday 11 February 2023. 


The studio has a Steinway Model D and a Yamaha S6. 
The house is warm and cosy with underfloor heating.
The Crear Kitchen has a brigade of talented chefs.
All dietary requirements can be catered for.
You may be required to share a room.
All bedrooms have en-suite bath or shower rooms.
There is no photocopier access.

£995 inclusive of VAT
The fee includes the masterclasses, full accommodation and catering.


What are you hoping to gain from this intensive week?
Please consider this question carefully and include a paragraph outlining your aim in your application. 


Please email your individual application to the e-mail address below and attach links to recordings of three songs in German, French or English.
Please send your biog with your paragraph outlining what you hope to achieve on this course.
This course is not open to students or previous participants.
There's no upper age limit.


I attended Malcolm's Mastercourse at Crear at a critical juncture when I was starting to really dip my toe into the world of art song and fall in love with the repertoire. It was a superlative experience in every way! Malcolm is an incredible teacher and helps you uncover key nuances in the poetry and music while refining your ensemble as a singer-pianist duo. Beyond that, Crear is a peaceful retreat in stunning surroundings with a warm and collegial atmosphere -- we made music, lived and ate (amazing home-cooked food!) together. 

Fleur Barron



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