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International String Easter Course

Sunday 2nd to Thursday 6th April 2023

Our world-class tutors will nurture young musicians, aged 8 to 15, to develop their skills and confidence by taking part in workshops, string orchestra, ensemble playing and individual lessons. We will welcome a range of abilities from Grade 4 and above with some experience of playing in ensembles.

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Musical Opportunities

Under the artistic directorship of Simon Smith, the distinguished team of tutors from Wells Cathedral School String Department, with guests, will nurture young musicians, aged 8 to 15, to develop their skills and confidence by taking part in workshops, string orchestra, ensemble playing and lessons. 

Performance Opportunities

There will be multiple opportunities to perform regardless of your skill level, culminating in a concert on Thursday evening that is open to family and friends. Whilst we encourage everyone to take part in all performances and activities, we will not force anyone to participate if they don’t want to do so for whatever reason. However, we hope our friendly and accepting community will lead all musicians to take part, even if it is slightly outside of their normal comfort zone!

Other Activities

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Meet Our World-Class Staff

Meet our String Co-ordinator

Course tutors will generally be either full or part-time teaching staff of Wells Cathedral School, a government-recognised specialist music school that is known for its quality teaching and musical opportunities for pre-professional musicians. However, should our staff be unavailable for our Easter course, we will appoint music teachers of a comparable calibre to teach courses.

Meet our String Staff

A Typical Day

07:30 Wake up call for boarders
07:50 Breakfast 
08:30 Registration for both day and boarding students
09.00 Warm up and Technique Class
09:30 Lessons and Ensembles
11.00 Break
11:30 Masterclasses
12:15  Lunch

13.15 Lessons and Ensembles
14:45 Activities – sport, swimming, crafts, shopping, individual practice
16:30 String Orchestra Rehearsal
17:45 Supper
18:45 Informal Performances
20:00 Day Pupils depart & Boarders Activities begin
21:30 Bedtime routine begins (age dependent)

Fees and Discounts


The course costs £695 boarding and £565 day. The course includes meals (lunch and dinner for day). An early-bird discount of 10% will apply for bookings made before 6th January 2023.

A deposit of 25% of the course fee is required to reserve your place, with the balance due on 24th February 2023. Bookings made after the 24th February 2023 must be accompanied by the full fee for the course. Deposits are non-refundable.


If you book one of our Holiday Music Courses 2023, you are eligible for a £50 discount off the cost of each additional Holiday Music Course you book. This can be applied across siblings or for one child who takes part in more than one course in 2023. Please use the discount code “HOLIDAYMUSIC50” on your application form for each additional course you book (the full price will be required for the first booked course).

How to Apply

We recommend that you have the following information available before starting our booking process:

  • Details about your child’s musical history, including feedback from your child’s music teacher, if applicable
  • Payment card details (please note, if you wish to pay by childcare vouchers, please contact us BEFORE filling out the form).

If you have any questions or if you’d like help with the application process, please contact us on 01749 834483 / [email protected]

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