The Chamber Music Course

A huge Thank You to everyone who participated in the 2020 Chamber Music Course.

Performances from the final day’s Concert of the 2020 Course can be found here:

Course Dates 2021: To be advised.

Location: To Be Advised.

Fee:  £395.00 (plus £5 for non BSI or equivalent members)

Timetable:  10.00am – 4.30pm

Faculty:

Jillian Leddra, Music Director

Tim Murray, Music Director/Conductor/Accompanist

Tessa Oakley, Cello

Chloe Van Soeterstède, Viola

Landa & Andrew Melrose, Hosts

Applications: For Course availability please email your child/children’s name(s), age(s), instrument(s) and playing level(s) to Jilllian Leddra at jillianleddra@gmail.com. If there are available places an Application Form and Payment Instructions will be forwarded.

Early booking is recommended as the course fills up very quickly.

The course is open to both Suzuki and non-Suzuki applicants of at least Suzuki Book 5 / ABRSM Grade 5 standard.

On the first day of the course all participants must have learned their parts and be able to play along with recordings of their pieces. Parts are sent out during the Summer half-term and participants should request any necessary help from their respective teachers to be able to play their parts confidently. If you have a major event, competition or exam(s) at the end of the summer term and do not have the time to do the preparatory work then our course may not be for you.

In addition, we may ask a small number of violinists to play viola for one or other of their pieces and you will be required to hire a viola for the course. This gives the player extremely useful experience and some make a choice to remain with that instrument after the conclusion of the course. These players will be advised when the pieces are sent out.

The Chamber Music Course is an intimate course with a maximum of 20 participants. Everybody plays a movement from a piano trio, string quartet and a duet or other work for their instrument. Jillian contacts all the teachers of pupils she does not know so that she can decide the most appropriate repertoire for them. This is truly a tailor-made course for participants. Participants also have an hour of musicianship and singing in four or more parts. No prior experience in chamber music playing is required. Every member of the teaching faculty has experience in teaching or coaching children and teenagers.

Chamber music is the ultimate goal of all instrumentalists in terms both of musical and verbal communication. Every individual in an ensemble has equal importance. Coaching an ensemble aims to produce a dynamic group working in a concerted way towards a performance. The course offers a high staff to pupil ratio with each ensemble coached by one member of the faculty. We also offer stagecraft and, during breaks, we have use of a garden.

All participants in our courses must be members of the British Suzuki Institute or their own national Suzuki institute and be able to provide their membership number on the application forms. Pupils who are taught by members of the London Suzuki Group will automatically be members of the BSI. A £5.00 temporary membership is available to non-Suzuki pupils who wish to take part which ensures that all participants are covered by public liability insurance for the duration of the courses whilst not conferring any benefits.