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Four day chamber music summer course

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course: after initial apprehensions at working with new colleagues, I rapidly warmed to the group and finished the week feeling challenged and rewarded."

Coached by The Regency Ensemble, this four day intensive course is centred on chamber music. Each participant is carefully assigned to a chamber group which receives coaching session on every day of the course. In addition, everyone plays together in a chamber orchestra which is led by the members of The Regency Ensemble. The first day also includes instrument classes which are an opportunity to discuss all elements of technique and musicianship and work on them as a group, and there is also a session integrated into the course to study an additional piece of repertoire, playing alongside a member of The Regency Ensemble.

The course incorporates a public concert given by The Regency Ensemble on the Tuesday evening and closes with one given by the participants on the Thursday evening. This end of course concert includes performances by all the chamber groups, and the chamber orchestra.

Although this course is non residential, we have a list of friends of Regency Chamber Music who offer B&B accommodation during the course.

2011 Dates

Monday 4th – Thursday 7th July 2011

Please join us at 7:30pm on Thursday 7th July for the 2011 Advanced Course Concert
  • Places are limited so please apply early to avoid disappointment.
  • 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.


  • This course caters primarily for bowed string instruments with a few spaces available for wind, brass and piano.
  • Participants should be at least 18 years old and are expected to be above grade 8 standard.
  • We welcome applications from individuals or pre-formed groups.
  • Places are limited, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.


  • Participants are expected to learn their parts before the start of the course; repertoire will be allocated by the end of May
  • If you have any repertoire preferences, we will do our best to accommodate them.


  • The course fee is £180, which includes entry to the Regency Ensemble concert on the Tuesday evening.
  • A deposit of £45 is payable on application and will be refunded in the unlikely event that we are unable to accommodate you.
  • The balance payment is due by Tuesday 7th June 2011.
  • B&B accommodation is provided by friends of Regency Chamber Music at £24 for the first night and £20 for subsequent nights.


  • Both the Regency Ensemble concert and course concert on the Thursday night are public concerts.
  • We ask all of you to help advertise these concerts and encourage friends and family to come to them.
  • Participants are granted free entry to the Regency Ensemble concert.

Other Information

  • Please bring a music stand with you to the course.


Monday 4th July 2011 Wednesday 6th July 2011
12:00 Introductions and announcements 12:00 Announcements
12:15 - 2:15 Chamber music coaching 12:15 - 2:00 Chamber orchestra
2:45 - 4:30 Instrument classes 2:30 - 4:30 Chamber music coaching
5.00 - 6:45 Chamber orchestra 5:00 - 6:45 Chamber music repertoire session
Tuesday 5th July 2011 Thursday 7th July 2011
1:30 Announcements 1:30 Announcements
1:45 - 2:45 Chamber orchestra 1:45 - 3:45 Chamber music coaching
3:00 - 4:15 Chamber music coaching 4:00 - 5:00 Chamber orchestra
4:30 - 6:00 Chamber music rehearsal 5:00 - 6:00 Dress rehearsal

Repertoire Summer 2011

Chamber Music

Dvorák: String Quartet in F major Op.96
2nd & 4th movements; Lento & Vivace, ma non tropp
Violin 1 Tilly Kearey
Violin 2 Maria Lewington-Gower
Viola Jessica Roth
Cello Benjamin Jones
Tutor Heather Tuach, cello

Mozart: String Quartet in G major K.387
1st & 3rd movements; Allegro vivace assai & Andante Cantabile
Violin 1 Stella Di Virgilio
Violin 2 Jennifer Greville-Giddings
Viola Thomas Ayres
Cello Caroline Stead
Tutor Gabrielle Painter, violin

Smetana: String Quartet No.1 in E minor
1st & 3rd movements; Allegro vivo appassionato & Largo sostenuto
Violin 1 Michael O’Sullivan
Violin 2 Benjamin Brice
Viola TBC
Cello Oliver Mansfield
Tutor Rachel Dyker, viola

Chamber music repertoire session

Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat major Op.20
Violin 1 Gabrielle Painter (tutor)
Violin 2 Stella Di Virgilio, Benjamin Brice
Violin 3 Michael O’Sullivan, Tilly Kearey
Violin 4 Jennifer Greville-Giddings, Maria Lewington-Gower
Viola 1 Rachel Dyker (tutor)
Viola 2 Thomas Ayres, Jessica Roth
Cello 1 Heather Tuach (tutor)
Cello 2 Benjamin Jones, Caroline Stead

Chamber Orchestra

Shostakovich: String Quartet No.8 Op.110
Violin 1 Gabrielle Painter (tutor), Jennifer Greville-Giddings
Stella Di Virgilio, Tilly Kearey
Violin 2 Michael O’Sullivan, Benjamin Brice
Maria Lewington-Gower
Viola Rachel Dyker (tutor), Thomas Ayres
Jessica Roth
Cello Heather Tuach (tutor), Oliver Mansfield
Benjamin Jones, Caroline Stead

If you have been on one of our courses and would like to provide us with some feedback, please take time to fill in an evaluation form.