Limousin Strings Course 2019

Basic Course Fee: €839

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Violin Tutor: Nathalie Shaw

Cello Tutor: Fabrice Loyal

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Event Description

Intensive music courses are the perfect settings for young people to make effective progress in playing their instrument.

This is a small residential course (8-12 trainees) for young string musicians 9 to 17 years old (violinists or cellists), unaccompanied and supervised by our hosts in a family setting in secure surroundings.

The young people are accommodated in rooms shared between children of the same age and sex in two houses in a pretty village in Creuse, France. The 3 main meals are hearty, healthy and varied, and are supplemented with essential gourmet snacks for tea!

Every trainee is entitled each day of the course to two sessions of ½ hour one-to-one instrument tuition as well as two one-hour sessions of music ensemble for strings. At least one excursion will be organized during the week. The trainees will then give a concert on Friday, March 1st.

True to our well-known LMFL formula, it is possible to register for language tuition – EFL for English, FFL for French – as an option and if the parents are interested. There are 2 formulas :

  • Individual language lessons for 1 hour a day
  • Group classes (age and level) for 1 hour a day

How do you get to the course?

  • By road, driven by parents
  • By train
  • By plane

Unaccompanied youngsters can be picked up by us from both train stations, Limoges or La Souterraine, as well as from Limoges airport.

Those parents wishing to have their children travel in a supervised group from and/or to Paris are invited to indicate this when they sign up for the course.

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Language and Music for Life (LMFL)

Park View, Alveston Road, Bristol, United Kingdom

+44 1454 419504

About the organiser

Created in spring 1997, LMFL (Language and Music for Life) is a unique organisation committed to providing training in both music and foreign languages to students of all ages.

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6 September 2019 To 8 September 2019

Full information to follow.


OrganFest 2019 will take place in Cardiff from 6-8 September 2019.

Venues include:

  • Eglwys Dewi Sant (Willis, 1887)
  • St David’s Hall (Peter Collins, 1982)
  • St John the Baptist (Willis, 1894)
  • National Museum of Wales (Snetzler, 1775)

Please put the date in your diary now!

Full details will be available soon.

OrganFest 2019 is organised jointly by

Comments received about OrganFest 2017

  • ‘It was… inspiring to be a part of last weekend’s Fest and so encouraging to see a large crowd’
  • ‘I shall forever treasure in my mind the picture of FJ and his standing ovation: a very special moment’
  • ‘It was good so many people got to know about one of Hull’s treasures’
  • ‘There was so much to enjoy and by which to be stimulated’
  • ‘Full marks… to all the organisers for providing such a sparkling programme of people, events and music’

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London, UK

23 March 2019

10:00 am To 5:30 pm


  • Daniel Moult, Course Director and head of the highly acclaimed organ department at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. One of the UK’s most versatile organists and hugely in demand as a concert organist and organ teacher and with many CD and DVD recordings to his name.
  • Jeremiah Stephenson, assistant director of music at All Saints' Church, Margaret Street, London W1 - a young professional already in demand as a teacher and player
  • Simon Williams, Director for RCO East, South and South West and Organist & Director of Music at St George’s Church, Hanover Square in London’s West End.


About TOSE-in-a-Day

Teenage organists who are coming on or considering The Organ Student Experience (TOSE) course in Cambridge in July will find this an excellent preparatory day, whilst those not quite ready for TOSE (c.grade 5–grade 6) will benefit from the focussed tuition across a range of discplines which most organists need to master. 

What you can expect from this day

  • Two sessions of repertoire coaching on Baroque and later music
  • Coaching on keyboard skills such as sight reading, transposition and score reading
  • A session on choral conducting and accompaniment

You will mostly be taught in graded groups.

The organs

The organs are all in London’s West End and within a few minutes’ walk of Oxford Circus underground station

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St. John the Evangelist's Church, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN, UK

9 April 2019 To 11 April 2019

9:30 am To 3:30 pm

+44 (0)7956 614530

'Unsung Heroes' courses are directed by Catherine Black.

Catherine studied at the Royal College of Music in London where her cello teachers were Christopher Bunting and Eileen Croxford. She graduated in 1983 with a GRSM and an ARCM Teachers Diploma.

In 2013 Catherine co-founded the Baroque & Roll String Orchestra with the wonderful violinist, Julia Bishop of Red Priest.

Catherine taught for many years on behalf of the Centre for Young Musicians in London and is a deputy at the junior departments of Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She was an associate lecturer at Chichester University in 2014 and 2015.

Catherine worked as cello coach for the adult learners string orchestra Strings at St Martins, The Chamber Orchestra at Conway Hall and Battersea Young Strings.

East of England

Join us to play and study some of the most sublime & emotionally powerful Passiontide choral music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Our repertoire is ten specially for this central moment in the sacred year. This is going to be a wonderful three days working and exploring such great music together – do join us!

Whatever age you are, find yourself challenged and thrilled! The repertoire for the Unsung Heroes course is designed to develop your musical understanding and technical skills so that you are prepared as you find your way about your musical world. This repertoire ranges over many centuries and styles and evolves your playing like no other.

We study style and technique throughout as well as the historical context of each piece. There are some Baroque bows for you to borrow too.

Further information

  • Repertoire: The repertoire for 2019 will be announced in the new year; the scores will be available from May and can be forwarded to you on receipt of your application
  • Standard: It is in the nature of the writing that the parts are varied, so the range is from around Grade 2 upwards
  • Ages: 14 to infinity

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