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Adults Workshops

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These workshops offer an opportunity for like-minded people to work together on a movement from the chamber music repertoire, as well as to play in a chamber orchestra led by members of The Regency Ensemble. Chamber music is the primary focus of each workshop day, and each group is coached by a member of The Regency Ensemble who usually plays as part of the group.

There is an informal concert at the end of each Sunday workshop in which each of the chamber groups give their performance of the piece they have been working on that day. We also perform the chamber orchestra music that we have all rehearsed that day and The Regency Ensemble play a short movement themselves too. In addition to chamber music and chamber orchestra, the Saturday workshop also includes instrument technique classes within the day, rather than a concert at the end.

We like to be flexible, so in September you can choose to join us for the full two days or for either individual day. You can also apply for just for a chamber orchestra session on any Sunday (a perfect taster opportunity) or for just an instrument technique class on the Saturday.

2013 Dates

Sunday 14th July 2013

  • Places are limited so please apply early to avoid disappointment.
  • We offer a discount to people applying at least nine weeks in advance of a workshop.
  • Whilst every effort is made to cater for all who apply, in the unlikely event that this is not possible we will endeavour to offer a place on a future workshop.
  • Applications for chamber orchestra sessions or technique classes can be made up until one week before a workshop.
  • If you have any questions about these workshops or would like to be sent an application form by post, please email Rachel Dyker.



  • Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF.

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  • The Friends’ Meeting House is approximately 10-15 minutes' walk from Brighton Station.
  • Street parking is metered with a 4 hour limit. There are NCP car parks nearby.


  • Workshops cater primarily for string players but we have a few spaces available for piano and wind instruments.
  • We generally expect the minimum standard to be approximately grade 6 and cater for applicants up to diploma level and beyond.
  • We welcome applications from individuals or pre-formed groups.
  • Any age welcome!


  • Groups and repertoire will be allocated six weeks before each workshop in order to give participants time to learn their parts in preparation.
  • Any repertoire preferences will be taken into consideration and accommodated where possible.
  • Participants are encouraged to learn their chamber music parts in advance in order to make the workshop a more fulfilling experience for everyone.
  • Standard repertoire should be easy to find through district libraries, music retailers, or at Anything out of the ordinary, we will provide copies of.

Fees (per participant per day)

  • Fees are payable by the closing date and are non-refundable thereafter.
    • Full day: £55
    • Full day applying at least 9 weeks in advance: £50 (early bird)
    • Chamber orchestra or technique classes: £15 per session
  • B&B accommodation is provided by friends of Regency Chamber Music at £24 for the first night and £20 for subsequent nights.

Other information

  • All string and wind players will need to bring a music stand.
  • Refreshments will be provided in all breaks, including a light snack before the performance.
  • Workshops are non residential but we have a list of friends of Regency Chamber Music offering B&B accommodation.


Sunday Timetable
1:30 Introductions and announcements
1:45 - 3:00 Chamber groups
3:15 - 4:30 Chamber groups
4:45 - 5:45 Chamber orchestra
5:45 - 6:30 Run through of chamber groups
7:00 Open performance (admission free; retiring collection)

Repertoire July 2013

Chamber Music

Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor Op.25
1st movement; Allegro
Piano Charles Wookey
Violin Jane Peek
Viola Paul Gurowich
Cello Kate Whyman
Tutor Tony Woollard (cello)

Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor
Piano Celia Vince
Vioin Elizabeth Lamb
Viola Rebekah Kearey
Cello Mike Lavelle
Tutor Evgenia Startseva (piano)

Scriabin: Mazurka Op.3 No.9
Violin 1 Hatty Morgan
Violin 2 Hermione Roy
Violin 3 Gabrielle Painter (tutor)
Cello Diana Boyd

Smetana: String Quartet No.1 in E minor ‘From my life’
2nd movement; Allegro moderato a la polka
Vioin 1 Tilly Kearey
Violin 2 Chris Mellor
Viola Rachel Dyker (tutor)
Cello Jonathan Bellos

Chamber Orchestra

Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat major Op.20
1st movement; Allegro moderato ma con fuoco
Violin 1 Gabrielle Painter (tutor)
Violin 2

Tilly Kearey
Hatty Morgan

Violin 3 Jane Peek
Chris Mellor
Violin 4 Elizabeth Lamb
Hermione Roy
Viola 1 Rachel Dyker (tutor)
Viola 2 Rebekah Kearey
Paul Gurowich
Cello 1 Tony Woollard (tutor)
Jonathan Bellos
Cello 2 Mike Lavelle
Kate Whyman
Diana Ashman

Piano Ensemble

Rachmaninov: Waltz in A major

Celia Vince
Charles Wookey
Evgenia Startseva (tutor)

Tutors Repertoire October 2012

Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major Op.47
3rd movement; Andante cantabile
Piano Evgenia Startseva
Violin Gabrielle Painter
Viola Rachel Dyker
Cello Tony Woollard

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