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Adult Learners Mini Sessions


Welcome to our Mini Sessions for Adult Learners. These sessions are now open for registration

For further sessions that may be of interest, please visit the instrumental teachers and students’ pages.

These Sessions are live on Zoom and will be available to all registered participants for 1 month after the final session to catch up.


NEW: Chamber Music Sessions for Adult String Players

November and December Mini Sessions – Recordings Available (Sessions Listed Below)


If you register after the sessions have started, please check your confirmation email for Zoom links and catch-up recordings.

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Chamber Music Sessions for Adult String Players

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January 2022

2.00 - 5.00 pm UK Time

Join us on the 29 and 30 January for a weekend of chamber music. We will be exploring the 1st movement of St. Paul's Suite by Gustav Holst (Saturday) and Lyric for Strings by George Walker (Sunday).


During the sessions, we'll be discovering the context of the repertoire, delving into instrument specific techniques in sectionals, developing our sound and working as a full group learning the repertoire through the eyes of the different parts. We will have a full play-along of the pieces and time to explore improvisation.

Parts and supporting tutorial videos will be shared in advance of the sessions to support with preparation. Recordings of the sessions will be available for those who would like to take part, but are unable to attend live.

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  • Tutors: Alex Laing (violin), Andrea Gajic (Violin), Rosie Ventris (viola), Su-a Lee (cello) and Claire Whitson (double bass)

  • Participants: Adult String Players - this repertoire is best suited to Intermediate & Advanced level players, but anyone is welcome to join in and give it a go.

  • Registration Fee:

Saturday & Sunday - £30

Saturday only - £18

Sunday only - £18


Full bursaries available – please tick the box on registration form

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November and December


Thursday 25 November

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Nerves and Performance Anxiety with Laura van der Heijden

Thursday 18 November

6 - 7 pm UK Time

Cellist Laura van der Heijden joins us for a session discussing nerves and performance anxiety. Former BBC Young Musician of the Year, Laura has spoken openly about her own journey with performance nerves. In this session, she will share her personal experiences and her thoughts best to tackle and overcome this complex issue.

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Laura Van Der Heijden


Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

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Diversifying Artistic Output: Being Creative in a Creatively Saturated Field with Clifton Harrison

Thursday 18 November

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK Time

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Clifton Harrison


Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

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Advanced Technical Problem Solving for Violinists with Julia Bushkova


Thursday 9 December 

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK Time

Julia Bushkova is one of the strongest contemporary violin pedagogues. She is a specialist in the art of diagnostics of any technical or musical problem and impediment, offering creative ways to understand and overcome them. In this session, Julia will share some strategies and creative ways to overcome some of the technical problems faced by violinists at conservatoire level and there will be an opportunity for participants to take part in this session. Please indicate on your registration form if you would be interested to play an active part in the session.

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Julia Bushkova


Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)


The Role of the Continuo with David Watkin

Thursday 25 November

6 - 7pm UK Time

Join renowned cellist and baroque specialist as we explore the role and the art of continuo playing in baroque music. In this session, we’ll begin to understand more about baroque music from the perspective of the bass line and understand the process and the decisions a bass-line player makes in every bar.

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David Watkin


Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

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LIVE STREAM: The Science of Practice - Intermediate/Advanced Players (any instrument) with Amy Beth Horman

Monday 22, 29 November and 6 December

7 - 8 pm UK Time

During these sessions, violinist and teacher, Amy Beth Horman will be leading us on a deep dive into the science of practice. There is so much science on practice and how to be efficient, mindful, and productive in our work as musicians. With the right traction in our work, thoughtful and strategic practice has the capacity to lead us to more motivation and progress. 


By honing specific practice techniques while striving to understand more about proven methods like spaced repetition, metacognition, and interleaving practice, these sessions will reveal your potential to thrive in the practice room. 

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Amy Beth Horman

Registration Fee: £18 (financial support available – please select on registration form)


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Healthy Bodies – Flexibility & Breathing with Melissa White

Thursday 2 December

6 - 7pm UK Time

Join violinist and co-founder of Intermission, Melissa White, for a session dedicated to flexibility and breathing for musicians.


In addition to her musical career, Melissa has enjoyed practicing various styles of yoga for more than a decade and completed training in both Vinyasa and Ashtanga at Sampoorna Yoga School in Goa, India. She is the co-founder of Intermission, a ground-breaking program that unites body, mind, breath, and music-making through yoga and meditation. Intermission comprises sessions for students, retreats for professionals, and an app for everyone.


Melissa White


Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

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Exploring the String Quartet Rehearsal Process with Melissa White

Thursday 2 December

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK Time

Melissa is a founding member of New York-based Harlem Quartet, where since 2006 her passion and artistry have contributed to performances that have been hailed for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent” (Cincinnati Enquirer).


In this session, she will explore with participants the string quartet rehearsal process and will be joined by guest musicians in this session. Although this session will focus primarily on string quartet rehearsals, all instrumentalists are welcome.


With Harlem Quartet she has worked with such classical-music luminaries as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavakian, Paul Katz, and Anthony McGill; appeared in many of the country’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the Kennedy Center; and performed throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe, Africa, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

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Melissa White


Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)


I’m not receiving emails from the Foundation, what should I do?

We will write to you by the date specified on the sign up for each course with the workshop and Zoom information. If you have not received this by the end of that day, please contact and let us know.

Please check your junk mail folder as some mail servers will send this email there.

We receive a lot of emails, so if you could please specify the participant name, workshop and instrument in your subject heading or body of the email that will help us to help you as quickly as possible.

If I can attend only part of the workshop, can I pay only part of the admin fee?

Unfortunately not. By signing up to the workshop, you are committing to attend the all the sessions. If you miss a session, this is of course at your own discretion.

Will the Sessions be available as catch up links?

These Sessions will all be delivered live and we hope all participants attend all sessions they can. International participants in time zones where it is impossible to attend live can receive all catch up links by registering on the Sessions. Catch up links will be sent to all registered participants on a sessions normally the following day so they can be watched back. Generally, these remain available for 2 weeks after the final session. The Chamber Music Weekend is being delivered live and links will ONLY be available to international participants who have indicated on their sign up form. Special circumstances for UK based and European based participants will always be considered.

I can’t access the sessions because of my time zone. Can I receive links to watch afterwards?

Yes, if you are living in a time zone that would make it difficult to access the sessions live, please register as a participant and you will receive catch up links the following day.

Will there be more workshops? My instrument, age or stage is not covered.

Yes – new sets of workshops are announced regularly.

I’ve missed the closing date, can I still apply?

Once the workshop has begun, we will not be able to add late applicants as these sessions are progressive and it is important participants are a part of the sessions from the first day. All workshops will close a few before the first session. Please check closing dates carefully.

Can Adults register to join the children’s workshops?

For safeguarding reasons because sessions are delivered via Zoom, we have decided to keep adult and children’s workshops separate. We will be delivering more workshops for Adults in the coming months.

I’m a parent, can I sit with my child on the sessions?

In some cases, this is an excellent idea and will enable you to help with practice at home. Please could we ask adults who are in the room with the children to avoid being on the camera as far as possible during the session, but please, please do help your children if they are struggling. We believe your involvement is incredibly important so please do feel free to sit and listen.

My child’s a bit nervous of online group Zoom sessions – what will they be like?

Mostly, your child will only see the tutor on the screen and our Tutor and Ambassadors will be able to see all your children. You do have the option to keep the camera off, but we would encourage you to switch it on so we can help as much as possible. The camera is automatically off when you log on, so you have to switch it on. All participants remain on mute mostly – we normally take mute off of everyone at the end so they can all say bye to each other! Sometimes the tutor will ask for demonstrations or answers to questions. Children volunteer to do this and to be on the screen, so if your child doesn’t want to speak or to be seen by the others, there is no requirement for them to do so. It’s a bit like an individual lesson within a group setting.