Viola Courses in the UK : 2019

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Education and courses

19 – 24th August 2019, the Opera North Orchestra Academy .

Open to outstanding young musicians age 14–19 Grade 7+ in school years 10–13 from across the North of England and beyond.

This residential course provides a world-class orchestral training experience with the Orchestra of Opera North in an inspirational and supportive environment. While meeting like-minded young musicians you will take your performance skills to the next level and be a part of thrilling orchestral performances.

Rehearsing and performing exciting orchestral repertoire, Academy musicians will benefit from:

  1. Side-by-side rehearsal with the full Orchestra of Opera North
  2. Sectional coaching with players from the Orchestra of Opera North designed to develop excellence in ensemble skills and orchestral performance
  3. In-depth insight into working with a professional orchestra and conductor
  4. Additional opportunities to play and rehearse chamber music throughout the week

Applications open until 31st March 2019 . Details here

Please contact Emma Barnett to check that she has received your application or for more information.

T: 07468 861 194 E:

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  1. Foyle Future Firsts  Programme 2019/20. The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on Wednesday 1 May 2019.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts annual development programme bridges the transition period between college and the professional platform for 16 outstanding young musicians. More




3. ESTA Postgraduate Certificate (ESTA PG Cert)


4 .  ESTA Certificate for Music Educators



Promoting the viola and improving the standard of playing

Robin Ireland

Details of next course coming soon

Full details

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 Junior Arpeggione (one day course) April 12th 2019

The London concert is on Sat 13th April 2019, 3pm (1pm rehearsal)

Hampstead Garden Suburb free church, London NW11 7AG

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

(Grade 1-4) Cost £50.

Intermediate Arpeggione (residential) 7th – 11th April 2019

The London concert is on Sat 13th April 2019, 3pm (1pm rehearsal)

Hampstead Garden Suburb free church

London NW11 7AG

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


Further details and application forms for all courses are on the website:

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RNCM Young Violas

For 2019 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 24 Feb 2019
Sunday 14 Apr 2019
Sunday 26 May 2019
Sunday 21 Jul 2019

http://Young Projects |

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

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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 2020

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.