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Preparatory Courses

One day workshops for young instrumentalists

These workshops aim to introduce young instrumentalists to chamber music in a friendly environment. The main focus of each workshop is chamber group coaching with groups formed according to ability and experience. The day also includes a large ensemble session where all participants play together alongside the Regency Ensemble. Each workshop closes with an informal performance given by the participants and tutors.

2011 Dates

Wednesday 1st June 2011

Wednesday 26th October 2011
...this workshop has been rescheduled to:

Friday 28th October 2011
Applications for this workshop have now closed. Please join us for the end of course concert at 7pm on Friday 28th October at the Friends Meeting House in Brighton.

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  • 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 (Map).

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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.


  • We cater for bowed string and wind instruments and participants are expected to be between approximately grade 2 and grade 5 standards.


  • Music is sent out six weeks before each workshop and everyone is encouraged to take their parts to their teachers to help with the preparation.


  • The workshop fee is £40 and should be paid on application.
  • This fee is non-refundable after the closing date but will be refunded in the unlikely event that we are unable to accommodate you.

Other Information

  • Refreshments will be provided as part of the workshop.
  • Parents and teachers are welcome to come along to any part of the day.
  • The workshop will end with a performance at 6.15pm, which will include a short piece played by the tutors and is open to anyone who would like to come.
  • Please bring a music stand and a pencil...and don't forget your music!

Timetable October 2011

Preparatory Course Timetable
3:00 Introductions and Announcements
3:15 - 4:15 Large Ensemble
4:30 - 5:20 Chamber Music
5:40 - 6:30 Chamber Music
6:30 - 6:45 Performance Preparation
7:00 Performance for Family and Friends

Repertoire October 2011

Chamber Music

Grieg: Waltz & Album-leaf
Violin 1 Hattie Quick
Violin 2 Freya Clarke
Viola Edward Philpots
Cello 1 Niamh Carroll-Turner
Cello 2 Maddy Whithouse
Tutor Rachel Dyker (viola)

Large Ensemble

Leopold Mozart: Presto
Violin Hattie Quick, Freya Clarke
Viola Rachel Dyker (tutor), Edward Philpots
Cello Niamh Carroll-Turner, Maddy Whithouse

Tutors Repertoire

Beethoven: String Trio in G Op.9 No.1
3rd movement; Scherzo. Allegro
Violin Johanna McWeeney
Viola Rachel Dyker
Cello Robert Bailey


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