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Strings summer school


Aug 07 - 12 2022


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St Mary’s Music School International Strings Summer School 2022

About the course

Led by our Head of Strings, Valerie Pearson, and supported by members of our String Faculty and players from our partner organisation the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO), this residential course offers participants an intensive, immersive and exciting week of musical experiences in the fields of solo, chamber and large ensemble playing, including the opportunity to perform alongside professional orchestral players.

Participants will be able to develop individual playing in daily lessons with a member of the St Mary’s Music School string faculty, coaching with piano staff and a concert opportunity. We are delighted to work with our partners SCO to offer specialist coaching (daily) in string quartet and string orchestra playing, as well as the opportunity to perform with them in a final concert, which parents and guardians are invited to attend.

The course takes place at our home in the heart of Scotland’s beautiful capital city, Edinburgh.

Who is the International Strings Summer School for?

This residential course is for violin, viola, and cello students aged 11 to 15, grade 7 standard and above (ABRSM or Trinity or equivalent, which may be evidenced by a teacher) who would like to improve their technique and playing ability, gain experience in string quartet and ensemble playing and build confidence through playing and performing with others in a fun and inspiring environment.

Numbers are limited to just 16 participants (four string quartets) to ensure that participants receive dedicated and focused attention and support, and benefit from a comprehensive range of group and individual classes.

The Programme

The Course is residential and includes:

  • Individual tuition
  • Coaching
  • Chamber music
  • Performance opportunities
  • Concerts
  • Workshops
  • Alexander Technique
  • City tour and more…

Information for parents

Edinburgh is Unesco World-Heritage site and one of the world’s most beautiful cities. As well as stunning architecture to admire, there are excellent shops, restaurants and visitor attractions.

The city also makes an excellent base to explore other areas of Scotland including the Highlands and Islands, so while your child focuses on developing their instrumental techniques you can happily spend a few days sightseeing. We hope you will join us for a concert on the last day of the course.

Cost and how to apply

Cost: £795 inclusive

Financial Support

We have compiled a list of trusts and funding bodies who may be able to help if you require financial support. You can access this here: SMMS_Funding_Directory.pdf.

How to apply: Applicants will be asked to submit a video recording. If you have any questions please contact: Becky Verdon, bverdon@st-marys-music-school.co.uk.


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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Aug 06 - 12 2022
  • Time: All day

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