Our string department’s mission is to train outstanding young string players to the highest possible standards in preparation for Music College and the future demands of the music profession.
Our inspirational team of teachers led by Simon Smith provide a foundation for the development of talented young musicians.
Outstanding tuition and performance opportunities provide young musicians with variety, whilst offering the chance to specialise and prepare for the enjoyment of a career in music.
One of the many benefits and joys of receiving a musical education at Wells is the opportunity to take part in weekly orchestral and ensemble rehearsals. Our string department offers:
Double Bass Ensemble: For all double bass pupils
Double Bass Quartet: For senior pupils
Harp Ensemble: For all pupils
String Ensemble: Specialist String Group for Years 7-9
String Chamber Orchestra: Senior School auditioned ensemble
WYMSO: Years 4 – 6 string group for all, including external
WYMSE: Years 1 – 3 string group for all, including external
Simon Smith – Co-ordinator of Strings Studies
Violin & Viola
Working with the string players at the Wells Cathedral School was a privilege and a pleasure – an intensely joyful experience. In my short time at the school, I felt the presence of its long, rich history, not least when hearing the choristers at Evensong in the ancient cathedral. The Cathedral School is a warm, supportive community that challenges students while nurturing them as human beings and musicians, as well as instrumentalists. I could appreciate the quality of the faculty from the thoughtful preparation the students brought to my master classes. I shall warmly recommend Wells Cathedral School whenever I have the opportunity.
Rarely have I found such talent in one place! It was an absolute pleasure to work with the students of Wells Cathedral School – children who are already mature players at the age of twelve! They have devoted and expert teachers that ensure a level of coaching that I have never seen in any other school. It has been a rare experience – and all this in a magical surrounding which is extremely inspiring.
My time teaching at the Wells Cathedral School was magical. The students were a joy, each of them bright, committed, and gifted in their own individual and special ways. It was clear to me that this is a school where students receive not only top-notch training, but the kind of attention that allows them to blossom as individual artists with unique personalities. The beauty of the school and the city are almost impossible to describe; I have been to few places as gorgeous and inspiring. I would not hesitate to recommend the Wells Cathedral School to any young musician.
I loved hearing the students. It is a comfort to find a refuge of spot-on teaching in a caring environment. My own daughters would have loved it there!
Sunday 6 – Saturday 12 August 2023
Join us for an inspiring and fun week
This course is designed for students aged 12 to 18 who wish to focus on the intensive study of chamber music. Players can enrol as pre-formed groups or as individuals to be formed into ensembles. This course is designed for experienced ensemble players who have reached, as a minimum standard, the equivalent of Grade 7 and have the requisite skills and desire to work at the highest level.
£995 Residential £785 Non-residential