Music workshops for string players

Violin workshop run by Adam Phillips SUS-160222-122833001
Violin workshop run by Adam Phillips SUS-160222-122833001

South-east musicians of all ages and abilities are signing up to this year’s Strings for All workshops and masterclasses to be held at St John’s Parish Hall, Eastbourne.

Strings for All will be held on March 30 and April 3 with a bodhran (Celtic drumming) on March 29. Almost three quarters of the places have already been filled.

“The response has been fantastic,” said tutor and leader Adam Phillips. He is a highly regarded Violin, Viola and Celtic fiddle tutor whose students come from all walks of life. Some are teachers themselves or perhaps played an instrument in the past. Others are absolute beginners and have taken the violin up to develop their creative life.

“We knew there was a demand for the Strings for All workshops from players all over Kent and East Sussex. We are delighted at the speed and quality of the response.”

Players will get the opportunity to learn and interpret solo repertoire as well as the skills required for improvisation. On top of this, Adam who devised the sessions, has developed his own personal practice of string tutoring, which yields outstanding results in both performance and in exams.

Adam commented: “The main driver behind Strings for All is that they should contribute to transforming students’ string playing in just one to two 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.”

Each day of the workshops will target mixed ages and levels 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, whilst 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 Strings for All a unique and unmissablemusic making event.

To find out more email on adam.phillips565@btinternet.com or call him on 07858 674781