undefinedFitzwilliam String Quartet

A relaxed and intense weekend of quartet playing, with coaching from a professional quartet, for accomplished groups who play together regularly.


Resident: £305 Non-Resident: £225 Code: 20/20F

What is the course about?

The outstanding Fitzwilliam Quartet returns to Benslow Music to deliver another of their excellent courses. Once again we welcome applications from pre-formed string quartets, each of which will receive friendly, individually tailored tutoring from each member of the quartet. There’s also a public recital which takes place on the Friday at 8pm and entry is included as part of the course package.

Tutor website: www.fitzwilliamquartet.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?

Upper Intermediate, Advanced

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

You will receive a coaching session from each of the four members of the Fitzwilliam 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…

“Superb - probably the best music course I have been on.”

“A wonderful musical experience.”

“Intensive music-making. A soul-expanding experience.”

“All four coaching sessions were very intense and helpful. The tutors were very encouraging and challenged us to improve our interpretation of the chosen piece.”

Booking for Members opens at 9am on Monday 6 January 2020. Non-Nember and Online booking opens at 9am on Monday 3 February 2020. For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking see here.