undefinedChamber Orchestra course

This course is designed to offer string players of quite modest ability a chance to experience the joys of music-making in an ensemble.


Resident: £320 Non-Resident: £232 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 21/281

Booking for Members opens at 9am on Monday 12 April 2021. 

Non-Member and online booking opens at 9am on Monday 10 May 2021. 

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

What is the course about?

This well-established course offers the perfect opportunity for players of elementary standard to unite and experience the joys of playing in a full ensemble. The tutors will offer technical support, help with sight-reading and give valuable advice on how to progress. Most of the music won’t demand more than first position playing and will be in easy keys. Please note that we do not send music out to participants ahead of this course - that way everyone is in the same boat and nobody need feel that they are competing with anyone except themselves.

What will we cover?

We will cover a wide spectrum of music specially arranged to be accessible to elementary players. The music will start at a very basic level and progress gently during the duration of the course.

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

You will discover the rewards of playing music as a social activity and improve your sight-reading.

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

Elementary, but not absolute beginner. Some experience of how to go about playing your instrument and how to read music is very helpful.

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

The course will be based on sight-reading simple pieces which progress in difficulty throughout the course. No preparation other than that already mentioned above is necessary.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

No, it will be provided by the tutor on the course.

Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring just yourself and your instrument, and an ambition to enjoy yourself.

What previous participants said about this course…

“Great for improving sight reading and confidence in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.”

“It's a friendly course where you learn a great deal.”

“Playing lovely music with others in a very friendly non-judgmental atmosphere with excellent and helpful tutors.”

“A very enjoyable weekend and great experience. The course was challenging but fun and I came away feeling much more confident on my instrument.”

“Janet and Willie were fantastic support for my elementary level. They were encouraging and enthusiastic as well as having excellent musical skills. The music provided was pitched at exactly the right level. Thank you.”