(violins, violas, ‘cellos and double basses)
Principal Tutor: Gillian Tarlton
This course is ideal for those players of about grades 3 – 5 standard who wish to gain experience of playing in a group, without the pressure of being in a full orchestra. It can provide valuable intermediate experience for those who aim to progress into a group such as the Sinfonietta in time, while also appealing to those who simply wish to develop their skills in the company of their peers.The aims are to explore repertoire, achieve quality of tone and tuning and to develop ensemble skills. ‘Real’ music, such as easier movements from the baroque repertoire, will be used whenever possible, together with arrangements devised by the tutor to suit the abilities of the course members.
The course tutor will be joined from time to time by other string tutors from the summer school staff who will provide specialist coaching sessions. The atmosphere will be supportive and encouraging, and there will be the option to perform to a friendly and sympathetic audience during the week should the group so wish.