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Viola Courses in the UK and Europe: 2018


Promoting the viola and improving the standard of playing

Robin Ireland

Applications are now invited for Robin’s Viola Workshop on Saturday 20 October 2018 at Ravenfield, South Yorkshire (five minutes from M18 J1). The day includes ensemble playing, masterclasses and an informal recital by Robin with Edward Leung (piano)

Full details  http://www.viola-workshops.co.uk/workshopoct18.html


Junior and Intermediate Arpeggione, April 2018

Junior Arpeggione (one day course)  13th April 2018, 9.30am – 4pm

For viola players aged 6 and over and violinists wishing to try the viola in London N3

(Grade 1-4) Cost £50.

The London concert is on Sat 14th April 2018, 3pm (1pm rehearsal). Venue tbc

Intermediate Arpeggione (residential). 8th -12th April 2018

For viola players aged 8-16 years and violinists wishing to try the viola

(Grade 4 and above) Cost £525.

Milden Hall and Tudor Barn, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY

The London concert is on Sat 14th April 2018, 3pm (1pm rehearsal).Venue tbc

To secure a place:

Interested students should  please look at the website for more information arpeggione.org

Please send the application form plus deposit to:

Arpeggione, 3 Park View Road, London N3 2JB
(cheques payable to Arpeggione)

Please contact:
Jacky Woods: 020 8346 7071

email: arpeggionejacky@gmail.com
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RNCM Young Violas

For 2018/ 19 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.
10am – 1pm
Free Admission
Sunday 28 Oct 2018
Sunday 16 Dec 2018
Sunday 24 Feb 2019
Sunday 14 Apr 2019
Sunday 26 May 2019
Sunday 21 Jul 2019

http://Young Projects | www.rncm.ac.uk/youngviolas

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.


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 2019

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.


Benslow Music runs frequent string and chamber music courses with many opportunities for Viola players of all abilities.