Coronavirus information and guidance

Strings in Spring

Cancelled for 2020

It is with great regret that Strings in Spring 2020 has been cancelled. All participants have been contacted.

The main focus of this course is chamber music coaching, given by the members of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, quartet in residence at the University of St Andrews, and guest tutors Christopher GeorgeSophie Renshaw and William Conway

Chamber groups usually study two works over the duration of the course. Each group will receive a number of coaching sessions, and these will be supplemented with formal rehearsal periods, a repertoire session, a string ensemble session, and also the opportunity for informal sight-reading.

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet will give a public recital on the first night of the course, and will lead a masterclass with a scholarship quartet from the University of St Andrews. There will also be an optional evening meal at the Byre Theatre restaurant on the Saturday. For more details, please view the 2020 course programme (coming soon).


Thursday 2 April to Sunday 5 April 2020


The course will take place in the brand new Laidlaw Music Centre on Queens Terrace, and in St Leonard's School, with group sessions being held in the St Leonard's School music auditorium.

Dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday will be in the Byre Theatre restaurant.


The course fee is £270 per person. Places will only be confirmed on receipt of fees from all members of your group (minimum four members).  

What's included?

The course fee includes:

  • all group tuition and other organised musical activities
  • admission to the Fitzwilliam concert
  • refreshments on arrival
  • a complimentary pre-concert drink at the bar
  • a light lunch on the final day. 


The Music Centre prefers applications from pre-formed quartets or larger ensembles. Individuals may be considered, but the Music Centre will only confirm your place if they are able to incorporate you into a group, and you will be asked for payment if your place is confirmed. Please email if you would like to be considered.

Applications are not being accepted for 2020 as the course has been cancelled. 


Accommodation is not included in the course fee. Details of local accommodation providers can be found on the Stay in St Andrews website or the St Andrews' Best B&Bs website. Some of these may provide a 10% to 15% discount if you quote "University of St Andrews Music Centre" at the time of booking.

Food and drink

The course fee includes refreshments on arrival, a pre-concert drink before the Fitzwilliam concert, a drinks soirée on the Friday evening, and lunch on the final day.

There is also an optional course dinner on the Saturday night for an additional fee of £27. 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. Course participants can also get a discount on drinks at certain participating University outlets on presentation of their course name-badge.‌


"Everything about the course is excellent.  The Fitzwilliam Quartet concerts are a highlight."

"Food for thought that will resonate for a long time."

"Varied, relevant, helpful and inspirational."

"Great, insightful, informative, musically stimulating."

Further information

Feel free to contact Helen Gregory, Music Centre Manager, with any questions you have. 

Strings in Spring
University of St Andrews
Queen's Terrace
St Andrews
KY16 9TS

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2226