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Viola Courses in the UK and Europe: 2017


Promoting the viola and improving the standard of playing

Robin Ireland

Saturday 8th July 2017

Viola Workshop at Ravenfield, South Yorkshire

 The day will include ensemble playing, masterclasses and an informal recital by Robin.

Full details: www.viola-workshops.co.uk


RNCM Young Violas

For 2017 the RNCM Young Violas offers a further series of Sunday morning workshops led by Lucy Nolan, and featuring special guests. The aim is simple; Young Violas will provide a chance to learn about and celebrate all things viola!
Activities will vary but may include some or all of the following:
- viola ensemble
- improvisation workshops
- performances by professional and conservatoire violists
- interactive group workshops on various aspects of technique
- workshops on orchestral excerpts
- master classes on solo performance
Young Violas is open to all violists of school age, from beginner to post grade 8. Violinists wishing to try viola will also be warmly welcomed but we ask you to contact us in advance if you need help sourcing a viola to play on. All workshops are free of charge.
 2017 Workshops dates for your diary:
 2017 Summer Term – 30th April and 28th May 2017

Booking details HERE.

Please do join us for a chance to meet other young musicians, receive expert tuition and celebrate our wonderful instrument.
About Lucy:
Lucy is an enthusiastic and experienced viola tutor and currently teaches at Birmingham Conservatoire, the University of Manchester, Yorkshire Young Musicians at Leeds College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department, the University of Leeds and Pro Corda. 
Aside from teaching and chamber music, Lucy is also busy as a freelance orchestral violist, performing with orchestras such as Manchester Camerata, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic.


For more information please contact:

Jacky Woods: 020 8346 7071

email: arpeggionejacky@gmail.com
Please visit our website:



Pro Corda is a registered charity and completely not-for-profit. The charity was established in 1969 and founded by Pamela Spofforth MBE and Elizabeth Hewlins MBE. Its purpose is ‘to provide for and conduct the education of young persons and others in the whole art, philosophy and theory of music, particularly chamber music’. Pro Corda is the largest music organisation of its kind and is recognised as the UK’s centre of excellence for ensemble training. The administrative base is at Leiston Abbey, but it also offers course around  the country.  All Pro Corda courses employ leading international artists and musicians at the forefront of their fields.

Conservatoire (18 yrs +) Viola.  February 2018 -

Pro Corda’s highly acclaimed course for students undertaking music study in further education. Participants receive coaching from world famous musicians and performance platforms in pursuit of furthering their music education careers.

Details of the 2018 Viola Course will be posted on the ProCorda website.

Benslow Music runs frequent string and chamber music courses with many opportunities for Viola players of all abilities. Links to courses which include violas from April 2017 to July 2017 are below

String Orchestra Mon 24 – Thu 27 April 2017 http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1623
Light Orchestra Fri 5 – Sun 7 May http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1647
Bach Concertos on Modern String Instruments Fri 5 – Sun 7 May http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1649
Foundation String Chamber Music Fri 19 – Sun 21 May 2017 http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1657
Group Quartets with Jonathan Trout Mon 22 – Thu 25 May 2017 http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1659
String Chamber Music: Growing in Confidence Tue 30 May – Thu 1 June http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1664
Intermediate String orchestra Fr 2 – Sun 4 June 2017 http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1668
Group Quartets with the Tedesca Mon 19 – Thu 22 Jun 2017 http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1679
String Quartets with the Tedesca Thu 22 – Sun 25 Jun 2017 http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1680
String and Piano Chamber Music Mon 3 – Thu 6 July 2017 http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1690
Late Starter String Orchestra Fri 7 – Sun 9 Jul 2017 http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1692



Festival Quattro Corde, near Bologna, Italy from 12-23 July 2017
Louise Lansdown will be teaching on a new course this summer: Festival Quattro Corde held at Sant’ agate Feltria, near Bologna.
She has a maximum of one or two places left on the course.
Here is the link for the website: www.4strings.co
Artistic Director is Jan Repko and a wonderful staff will be in residence for the duration.
Louise would love to hear from you before mid May if you are interested.
Email her at  louise.lansdown@bcu.ac.uk


Matthew Jones Advanced Viola Summer Course

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 July 2017, 9am – 7pm
Applications are now open for an Advanced Viola summer course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Matthew Jones, Senior Tutor in Viola and acting Head of Chamber Music. The course features viola masterclasses, Alexander technique, yoga, performance techniques, and more.
New CD release: 
Heartsease Philip Gates: Music for viola and piano. Matthew Jones, viola and Philip Gates, piano
Uppingham Summer Strings Course with Alex Laing

Friday 21st  - Sunday 23rd July 2017

Intensive music coaching for musicians age 14-18 and Grade 7 standard and above.This course is aimed at violinists, violists, cellists and double bassists of minimum Grade 7 standard and beyond. We will focus on set chamber music repertoire, copies of which will be sent to participants one month or more before the course. Players will benefit from group lessons, as well as individual masterclasses to deal with the technical demands of their own parts. There will be sessions on chamber music skills, and the opportunity to apply them in a supportive environment. We aim to help each participant reach their highest potential.

Details HERE

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Benslow Music

Monday 31st July – Friday 4th August 2017
Tutors: Martin Outram, Julian Rolton

Standard: Diploma

This is a course for players at the most advanced level, from conservatoire entry standard upwards. Martin will guide participants in all areas of technique and interpretation in friendly, informal masterclasses and private lessons.