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Strings in Spring

Thursday 2 April to Sunday 5 April 2020

**The following information refers to the 2019 course.  Details of the 2020 course will be posted here in due course.

The main focus of this course is chamber music coaching, given by the members of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and guest tutors Christopher George, Sophie Renshaw and Moray Welsh.  Chamber groups usually study two works over the duration of the course.  Each group will receive seven coaching sessions and these will be supplemented with formal rehearsal periods, a repertoire session, a string ensemble session playing alongside the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, 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 2019 Course Programme (coming soon). Observer places are also available.

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The closing date for applications is Thursday 17 January 2019, or when the course reaches capacity.  The course fee is £270 per person, or £250 for applications received from pre-formed groups by the earlybird deadline of Thursday 29 November 2018. 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, and a light lunch on the final day. 


Pre-formed groups can apply online here.  Alternatively you can download a Strings in Spring 2019 application form (Word, 418 KB).  Individual players, if accepted, will be asked for payment when their place is confirmed.


Accommodation is not included in the course fee.  Details of local accommodation providers can be found at and  Some of these may provide a 10-15% 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.  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.‌

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"Very helpful and encouraging for all levels."

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

"Fantastic.  Every coach brought something different for us to work on."

"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."

Further Information

Feel free to contact Rachel Dyker, FSQ Courses Administrator by emailing or Helen Gregory, Music Centre Manager by emailing, 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.

See our terms and conditions here: Strings in Spring terms and conditions (PDF, 33 KB)

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