Strings in Spring
Monday 8 - Friday 12 April 2013
Come to the beautiful and historic town of St Andrews and immerse yourself in five days of string chamber music training. Enjoy group sessions, lectures and seminars, and the option of individual tuition from members of the renowned Fitzwilliam Quartet and staff from the Music Centre at the University of St Andrews. Ready-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.
The fee will be £250 per person. This includes all group tuition, admission to concerts, tea/coffee/soft drinks during the day, a special dinner on the Wednesday evening and a packed lunch on the final Friday.
Food and Drink
The course fee includes coffee, tea and soft drinks during the day as well as the Group Dinner on Wednesday and a snack lunch on the final day. For the remaining mealtimes, St Andrews is well supplied with cafes and restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines to suit every pocket, all of which are within easy walking distance of the course venue.
The Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Lucy Russell - Marcus Barcham-Stevens
Alan George - Heather Tuach
Established in 1968 by four Cambridge undergraduates, the Fitzwilliam Quartet achieved international recognition from the very outset of its career as a result of its personal friendship with the composer Dmitri Shostakovich and the championing of his string quartets. Although its current repertoire ranges from the 17th century to the present day, it remains one of the few established quartets to play on historical instrument set-ups (where appropriate). The Fitzwilliam is also renowned for its recordings of repertoire both standard and less familiar. All of the group’s Decca LP recordings, including the Shostakovich cycle, have now been reissued on CD. Four new discs are being issued in 2012/13, including the Bruckner Quintet (with James Boyd) and a jazz recording with German saxophonist Uwe Steinmetz and violinist Mads Tolling (of the famous Turtle Island Quartet). Over the past year alone the quartet has made three trips to Italy, two to Scotland, two to the USA (for their annual February Residency at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania), and one to South Africa. Other highlights for 2012 included festivals in Derry andNewfoundland, and there were also a significant number of Delius Anniversary concerts, which began at the Conway Hall,London, on the occasion of the composer’s 150th birthday.
Feel free to contact either Michael Downes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Marc Rochester (email@example.com), or write to Strings in Spring, University of St Andrews Music Centre, Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AJ. Tel. +44 (0)1334 462226 for more details about this exciting new course.