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 our Head of Strings, Matthew Souter, the internationally recognised viola soloist and Old Wellensian, 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 students
Double Bass Quartet: For senior students
Harp Ensemble: For all students
String Ensemble: Lower School Specialist String Group
Wells Virtuosi (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
We have a number of performances available for you to watch on our Vimeo account with a few shown below.
Matthew Souter – Head of Department, Viola & Violin
Catherine Lord – Senior Violin Tutor
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. You are truly fortunate to have a musician of the calibre of Matthew Souter leading the String Department and the chamber orchestra, and 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!
Join us for an inspiring and fun week
Our world-class tutors will nurture young musicians (aged 8-18) to develop their skills and confidence by taking part in exciting musical activities, including string orchestra, chamber music and individual lessons.
All abilities welcome.
£895 Residential £695 Non-residential
To find out more, please visit www.wellsmusicsummerschool.com
Several of the String Department Faculty are involved in the Encore Music Projects International Summer School which takes place at Wells Cathedral School. The course is for piano, strings, guitar, composition, voice, and chamber ensembles, and is especially designed for intermediate and advanced students. Please click this link for more details: Encore Music Projects International Summer School.