Pro Corda

Pro Corda

Description

Betty Hewlins and Pamela Spofforth were teachers of cello and violin respectively who met at a school in Surrey. Miss Hewlins was great grand daughter of the Victorian artist Henry Garland and Miss Spofforth was the grand daughter of the famous cricketer Frederick Robert Spofforth. They felt that string playing in the UK in general and ensemble playing in particular was not very good. At the beginning there were two courses per annum and each course covered a wide age range from five to eighteen. As time went on the number of courses proliferated and Pro Corda began to take on an organisational structure. In 2009 Pro Corda celebrates its 40th birthday.

Top courses

Pro Corda West Music course in Wells
Pro Corda
  • Short course
  • Wells

...surroundings of both Schools have generated a great deal of interest in the course. The course proves very popular with students who live in the North of England... More


£ 675
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Pro Corda North Music course in Wells
Pro Corda
  • Short course
  • Wells
    and another venue.

...Op 33 No 6 Piano Trios Hewitt Jones Serenade Mozart String Quartets: K156: K171 Piano Quartet in G minor Shostakovich String Quartet No 1 AUDITIONS Auditions... More


£ 775
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  • Course
  • Leiston
  • 8 Days

...Piano Trio in C Major Haydn - String Quartets: 0p 1 Nos 1,2 and 4: Op 2 No 5: Op 17 No 6 Piano Trio in G Major "Gypsy Rondo" Twelve German Dances Klengel... More


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Pro Corda Plus Viola course in Leiston
Pro Corda
  • Course
  • Leiston
  • 7 Days

...current Pro Corda violinists and violists - other students considered on teacher recommendation. The final concert will be held on Sunday 25th October... More


£ 595
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  • Course
  • Leiston
  • 7 Days

...Andrew teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Guy Hopkins (Production's Musical Director) was Director of Music at Westminster School for 10 years... More


£ 580
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  • Course
  • Leiston
  • 7 Days

...and previous cello course members - other students will be considered on teacher recommendation. The final concert will be held on Sunday 25th October... More


£ 595
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Pro Corda Plus Cello course in Leiston Abbey
Pro Corda
  • Course
  • Leiston Abbey
  • 7 Days

...A chance for talented cellists aged 8-18 (Grade 3 to Diploma Level) to benefit from 7 days residential intensive cello playing: small ensembles... More


£ 595
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Teachers and trainers (6)

Andrew Quartermain
Andrew Quartermain
Course Director

Andrew is a concert pianist and chamber musician, andrew quartermainand has been a member of Pro Corda's coaching staff for 12 years. He was himself a student at Pro Corda, benefiting from the Pro Corda Bursary system.

Annelies Terry
Annelies Terry
Course Director

Annelies Terry enjoys a varied career incorporating solo annelies_terryand chamber music performing together with teaching and chamber music coaching. After leaving the Royal Academy of Music, she co-founded both the St Bride's Chamber Orchestra and the European Soloists Ensemble with which she toured Europe and the UK for ten years. The European Soloists Ensemble's CD of Stravinsky Chamber Music with the pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy was released in May 1996 on the Decca label.

Christel Baillie
Christel Baillie
Course Director

Louise Lansdown
Louise Lansdown
Course Director

Louise Lansdown has been a full-time viola louise lansdownand chamber music tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester since 2001, and holds part-time teaching positions at the University of Manchester and Junior RNCM. She has been involved with Pro Corda, a school for gifted young string players and pianists, held at Leiston Abbey in Suffolk, since 1999, teaching on the Intermediate, North and Junior Courses, and Directing the former since 2005.

Matthew Jones
Matthew Jones
Course Director

Winner of the prize for the most promising British matt jonesentrant in the 2003 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Matthew is violist of the Bridge Duo and the Debussy Ensemble. Recent recital and chamber music venues in the UK include the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and St. David's Hall; with duo partner Michael Hampton he made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in March 2008. He was also a member of the Badke String Quartet when they won first prize and the audience prize at the 2007 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

Maureen Parrington
Maureen Parrington
Course Director

Maureen Parrington won a scholarship to study piano and violin maureen_parringtonat the Royal College of Music with Bernard Roberts and Frances Mason She participated in Master Classes given by Paul Tortelier; Igor Ozim and Arthur Balsam. She was an official accompanist for the R.C.M. Junior Dept. for nine years and works as a free-lance pianist, accompanying string players and playing Chamber music.