String players work towards acquiring a solid technical foundation and, as well as developing their skills as soloists, will become accustomed to working as part of a group. Senior string players have the opportunity to audition each year for the chance to perform a short recital in a Solo Instrumentalists’ Concert held annually in the Wigmore Hall as well as for concerto opportunities.
Orchestral playing has an important place in string players’ programmes. There is a Junior String Orchestra, Sinfonia for players in the Middle School, and Symphony and Chamber Orchestras for pupils in the Sixth Form. All string players in Year 9 and above have the opportunity to play chamber music in weekly coached sessions, and selected ensembles play in our annual Wigmore Hall chamber music concert.
Strong links are maintained with Heads of Strings at all the London Music Colleges enabling access to the broadest range of musical experiences as well as facilitating the transition to the world of higher education.
String masterclasses take place regularly with outstanding visiting artists such as Lewis Kaplan, Erick Freedman, Felix Andrievsky, Igor Ozim, Ralph Kirshbaum, Sylvia Rosenberg and Steven Doane. In Summer 2012 there was a series of classes as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations given by Zakhar Bron, Natalia Gutman, Alina Ibragimova, Craig Ogden and The Brodsky String Quartet.
Charles Sewart – Head of Strings