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A string orchestra course - or rather, two courses in one! (see below) - with the various sections led by members of the Tedesca Quartet.


Resident: £480 Non-Resident: £366 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 23/324

Booking for Members opens at 11am on Monday 12 December 2022.

Non-Member and online booking opens at 11am on Monday 9 January 2023.

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here

What is the course about?

Nic Fallowfield will lead and direct the orchestra, with his colleagues from the Tedesca Quartet - Clare Bhabra, Richard Muncey and Jenny Curtis - leading the other sections. Last year we had a hugely rewarding and enjoyable course tackling Janáček’s Suite for Strings, Mozart’s Divertimento in B flat major K137 and Strauss’ Metamorphosen. This year Nic has prepared a wonderful list of pieces that balances lesser-known works by Hindemith and Svendsen with favourites by Handel and Grieg:

Hindemith       Five Pieces for Strings Op.44

Grieg                Holberg Suite

Handel             Concerto grosso Op.6 no.9 in F

Svendsen        Last Year I Was Feeding The Goats

With professional players at the front of each section there is always plenty of support so even if you think you can’t manage all of the notes come along anyway and relish taking part in such glorious music. (And in any case, players usually leave Tedesca courses feeling that they’ve done far better than they ever thought possible!)

In addition to the repertoire above, Wednesday 26 April will be designated Tchaikovsky Serenade Day: this will be an opportunity for those who are not able to attend the full course to join the orchestra for the day to rehearse and perform Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings. Please note that this day course will run from 10am to 5pm. Participants on the full course will have an opportunity for chamber music on the Wednesday evening should they wish.

In previous years on this one-day course we have tackled Vaughan Williams’ Tallis Fantasia, Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Mahler’s Adagietto along with Debussy’s Danse Sacré et Danse Profane (Harp Day), Britten’s 'Les Illuminations' and a memorable day with Strauss' Metamorphosen in 2022. The whole day has always proved to be tremendously stimulating and the final play-through deeply rewarding and Tchaikovsky Serenade Day will no doubt be equally enjoyable. 

Tutor website: www.tedesca.co.uk

What will we cover?

This year we will be working on pieces by Grieg and Svendsen plus Hindemith's Five Pieces Op 44 (full programme to be confirmed shortly).

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

By the end of the course you will feel that you know a great deal more about our set works and their inner workings.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Standard: Confident, Skilful

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

The course will focus on tutti sessions, although some sectional work may be necessary.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Yes, it will be available on this website ahead of the course. Participants are requested to print off their own copies as there will only be a limited number of parts available on the course.

Is there anything I need to bring?

You, your instrument and music!

What previous participants said about this course…

“Excellent, good-humoured tuition, with many very useful tips. The highly skilled tutors really made it an enjoyable experience.”

“A friendly but professionally led course.”

“The rapport between the tutors and their open and encouraging attitude to participants made the course most enjoyable.”

“Amazing music, and amazing tutors, so we achieved far above what we could ever hope on our own.”