Strings for All Workshops and masterclasses

South East string players of all ages and abilities are signing up to the first ever summer Strings for All workshops and masterclasses to be held at the Birley Centre, Eastbourne College.

Strings for All will run from August 12-16 and more than half the places have already been filled.

Distinguished violin tutor, Adam Phillips, originally developed Strings for All in Scotland as a response to the need for a multi-disciplined strings event that includes classical violin and viola, as well as traditional and jazz fiddle.

Players will get the opportunity to learn and interpret solo repertoire as well as the skills required for improvisation.

Strings for All is an exciting and unique musical venture for Eastbourne as regular multi-genre violin masterclasses/workshops of this standard, scale and diversity are normally held in cities such as Manchester and London.

Adam Phillips has developed his own personal practice of string tutoring which yields outstanding results in both performance and in exams.

As Adam pointed out, “The main driver behind Strings for All is that they should contribute to transforming students’ string playing in just one to three days. We can achieve this by combining facets of French violin technique and mindfulness.

“Previous students have felt that their playing has improved greatly and are much more relaxed and confident when they play. Also, I could not think of a better venue than the Birley Centre.”

Each day of the workshops will target a different age and level of playing. As well as focusing on technique and ensemble work, there will be a strong emphasis on individual repertoire taught in a person-centred and reflective manner.

Adam added, “I use this approach when I tutor weekly and I see my students’ overall confidence grow week upon week.

“Reflection and mindfulness, while playing, increases self-esteem. It also helps students’ regain control when they become nervous playing in front of others.

“Both the content and the manner in which the workshops are delivered, makes String for All a unique and unmissable music-making event.”

For further information contact Adam Phillips at adam.phillips565@btinternet.com or call 07858 674781.