undefinedCoull String Quartet

A relaxed weekend of quartet playing, with coaching from a professional quartet of over 40 years experience, for accomplished groups who play together regularly.

Resident: £412 Non-Resident: £302 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 24/278

Booking for Members opens at 11am on Tuesday 14 May 2024

Non-Member and online booking opens at 11am on Tuesday 4 June 2024

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

What is the course about?

The ever popular Coull Quartet return to Benslow Music to offer ten pre-formed string quartets their usual expert advice and encouragement. Quartets are free to bring along any repertoire they choose and the course fee also includes a ticket to the Coull’s concert on the Friday evening. Please note that any quartets wishing to arrange a pre-course playing room between 2.30pm-6.30pm on the first day must contact us prior to the course to avoid disappointment.

Tutor website: www.coullquartet.com

What will we cover?

Most aspects of quartet playing will be discussed, including leading, achieving good ensemble, balance and intonation, exploring tonal colours, phrasing and musical style.

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

You will have achieved a good working knowledge of your chosen work(s), enabling you to fulfil your potential, and will have discussed ideas of how to rehearse together more productively. There are no ‘quick fixes’ in performing chamber music, but you will get many useful tips that come from the tutors years of experience!

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?

You will receive a one hour coaching session from each of the four members of the Coull Quartet. You will find the course most beneficial if you are well prepared both individually and as a group. By all means choose repertoire which will challenge you, but also try to be realistic when selecting the works to be studied!

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

No, participants are requested to bring their own music. Helpful resources: IMSLP has a wide range of parts and scores. Benslow Music members may be able to hire the music from our library.

Is there anything I need to bring?

Music, a full score of the work(s) you are studying.

What previous participants said about this course…

“Playing wonderful music, being well fed every couple of hours in very nice surroundings and enjoying excellent tuition along the way - A luxurious way to spend a weekend.”

“Fun, sociable, hard-work, inspiring, great learning experience.”

“Friendly approach and very helpful. The tutors helped us to improve and to enjoy the process!”