Strings in Spring
Thursday 7 April to Sunday 10 April 2016
Booking is not yet open for the 2016 course. Please contact us if you would like to be informed when bookings opens.
The following information relates to the 2015 course and is subject to change.
Come to the beautiful and historic town of St Andrews and immerse yourself in four days of string chamber music making with the renowned Fitzwilliam String Quartet. Enjoy quartet coaching, quartet rehearsal sessions and working with the Fitzwilliams in a united string ensemble. Additional activities include a public recital given by the FSQ, a topical lecture, an optional dinner out in St Andrews and other, more casual, social and musical activities. Pre-formed string quartets and individual string players of a level equivalent to grade 6 or above are welcome to join this intensive course, combining the pleasures of great music, great company and a matchless location.
Strings in Spring Application Form 2015 (Word, 397 KB)
The main focus of this course is string quartet coaching, given by the members of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and guest tutor, John Todd. Individual applicants will be placed in quartets together with others of similar levels of ability and experience. Each quartet will usually study two works over the duration of the course and repertoire will be allocated soon after the closing date in order to give everyone a chance to prepare their parts in advance. Pre-formed quartets are welcome to make their own choice of repertoire. Each group will receive seven quartet coaching sessions and these will be supplemented with formal rehearsal periods, informal sight-reading periods, two string ensemble sessions and a topical lecture. The Fitzwilliam String Quartet will be giving a public recital on the first night of the course and there will also be an optional dinner outing on the Saturday evening. For more details, please view the 2015 Course Programme (coming soon).
The closing date for applications is Thursday 29 January 2015. The course fee is £230 per person. This includes all group tuition, concert and lecture admission, tea/coffee/soft drinks throughout the course and a light lunch on the final day. There are discounts available for those applying early and/or those applying as pre-formed string quartets:
- Applications from pre-formed string quartets: discounted rate of £215 per person
- Applications received by Thursday 18 December 2014: discounted rate of £215 per person
- Applications received by Thursday 18 December 2014 from pre-formed string quartets: discounted rate of £200 per person
For participants traveling from beyond Fife, the University of St Andrews Music Centre will be happy to assist in arranging accommodation through our special relationship with various hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments. Please contact us for further information. Visit standrewsbandbs.co.uk and from September 2014 you will be able to find participating establishments offering a 15% discount to Strings in String participants. Please contact us if you require any further assistance or advice.
Food and Drink
The course fee includes coffee, tea and soft drinks during the day and a light lunch on the final day. For the remaining mealtimes, St Andrews is well supplied with cafés and restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines to suit every pocket, all of which are within easy walking distance of the course venues.
"This was a memorable and enriching weekend. The members of the quartet were inspirational, each in a different way, and this made the experience all the more valuable. Perhaps one of them can sort out my bow arm!" - John Phillips
"The enthusiasm of the Fitzwilliam Quartet was contagious, their coaching was both astute and painless, and being in St Andrews (best ice-cream shop anywhere among other delights) was the icing on a very tasty musical and social cake." - Toby Lipman
"My abiding memory of Strings in Spring is that it not only boosted my confidence in playing chamber music, but also that it was enjoyable and great fun." - Frith Robb
"We got some great advice on playing Mozart and Beethoven, as well as the unforgettable opportunity to play the first movement of Schubert’s ‘Rosamunde’ quartet with Lucy Russell playing second violin!" - Jessica Wyatt
Feel free to contact Rachel Dyker, FSQ Courses Administrator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Helen Gregory, Music Centre Manager by emailing email@example.com, writing to Strings in Spring, University of St Andrews Music Centre, Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AJ, or calling +44 (0)1334 462226 with any questions you have.