Music Courses

Senior Arpeggione 2016 Residential Viola Course

23rd-27th Oct 2016 London

Hurry, only a few places left! 

There were many reasons for wanting a senior course including the most important issue of Arpeggione dates clashing with GCSE's, AS and A levels. Autumn half term seemed a good time for the older ones who will have just started all their new courses and could do with a musical interlude. Also it was the natural progression for those who have grown through Arpeggione to have something to move onto with all their friends.

The aim of the senior course will be similar to the intermediate course with the inclusion of technique classes, concerts, chamber music and masterclasses, but on the senior course we will focus on preparing for music college auditions for those who need it, and hopefully a chance to meet some teachers from the different music colleges. These teachers will be tutoring on the courses anyway and it will give people an opportunity to ask questions about the different colleges and chat informally. If there are many children auditioning for colleges there may be more masterclasses but this will be adjusted according to people's requirements. Also those not wishing to play in the classes are of course welcome to listen. There will still be lots of opportunities for ensemble playing and of course a concert at the end.  This course will be adapted to suit everyone's needs, from those wanting to be soloists, those wanting to play chamber music in a beautiful place or those violinists who would like to experience the viola for the first time.

Violinists should be encouraged to realise the enormous benefits of playing the viola and therefore we will be lending violas to those who wish to try our taster course (minimum standard Grade 8). This will include an easy approach to reading the alto clef and an introduction to the different playing techniques of the viola, and of course plenty of chamber music. Places for the taster course are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Team of teachers for 2016:

  • Jonathan Barritt, Micky Posner, Stephen Tees, Jacky Woods
  • Visiting teachers: Garfield Jackson, Martin Outram
  • Accompanist: Simon Marlow

Course Details:

23rd October: the course will start at 5pm with registration. Dinner at 6pm. The first session will be from 7-8.30 pm.

27th October: End of Course concert will be at 4pm to which parents, relatives and friends are invited. The course will end at c 5.30 with cake and tea for everyone.

28th October: London concert at 7pm (2.30pm rehearsal) in Highgate United Reformed Church, N6 6PH

For more information please contact: Jacky Woods 020 8346 7071, email: