undefinedTedesca String Orchestra

A chance to gain a working knowledge of masterpieces from the string quartet repertoire without the perils of playing one to a part in a friendly and sociable atmosphere.


Resident: £453 Non-Resident: £345 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 22/R14

Booking for Members opens at 11am on Monday 23 August 2021.

Non-Member and online booking opens at 11am on Monday 20 September 2021.

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

What is the course about?

Brenda Stewart once again leads her popular Group Quartets course, designed for those of you who might be hesitant about playing string chamber music one-to-a-part as well as those who simply enjoy playing the repertoire in a group. This year’s course will concentrate on Arriaga String Quartet No 3 in E flat and Mozart String Quartet in A major K464. Please bring your own music (with bar numbers added) If you have them, do bring your copies of the Mozart early quartets for some light relief in the evenings. The Arriaga quartets are available to buy but can also be downloaded from several online sources. Brenda prefers players to be at least Grade 5, but you’ll still enjoy yourself and gain from the course if you’re more advanced. There will also be opportunities for collaboration with the concurrent composition course.

PLEASE NOTE: This course begins at 4.30pm on Monday and finishes at 2pm on Thursday.

What will we cover?

Each movement of the set works will be rehearsed giving an opportunity to inspect the notes, learn about the style of the music and appreciate how it fits together.  

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

Our objective is not a polished performance but to gain a good understanding of the music that will stand you in good stead if you ever encounter it again. 

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

This group strings course aims to cater of intermediate level string players.

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

This course operates like an orchestra with the tutor directing from the conductor's stand. There is no requirement for you to be note perfect but you will get more out of the course if you've managed to do some preparation in advance.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Participants are required 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?

Yourself, your music and your instrument!

What previous participants said about this course…

“Outstanding! The music was well chosen and the right level for the group.”

“Excellent tutor, encouraging, thorough and nice with it. Lovely music chosen and I enjoyed every minute.” 

“Brenda was a really encouraging, helpful and patient tutor.”

“Really good mix of encouragement, challenge, pace and humour.”