Thursday, 3 May 2012

Summer Chamber Music 2012: This Year's Courses Open Letter from Rebecca Willson and Ruth Molins Dates: from Tuesday 28 August to Friday 31 August Places available now - deadline Tuesday 1 August

Ruth Molins

Rebecca Willson

Emma Welton

Dear All,
I am writing to tell you about an exciting new music project this coming summer.
The inspiration came from local parents telling me how they would like there to be a local, non-residential music course for their children.
This is a 4 day chamber music course for strings and flutes, children and adults.
All details are in the attachment.
Please forward to anyone you think might be interested. I look forward to receiving your bookings!
Thank you
Please spread the word and join us on faceook for up to the minute information:
Summer Chamber Music 2012
- 4 days of Chamber Music and Ensemble Skills

What is it and who is it for?

For those of you that don't know, for the past few years I have run chamber music workshops in Exeter. We explore methods of communication through music and skills for working together. The workshops will include working as a whole group and playing in smaller chamber groups and we will have a performance at the end of the 4 days to share what we have been doing. I have a had a number of enquiries about expanding the project and this is it!

The courses are for age 7+ and for players of flute, violins, violas, cellos and double basses.

There will be 3 different groups for string players: grades 1 – 3, grades 4 – 8 and an evening session for adults and one group for flautists grade 4 – 8.

There are also a limited number of discounted places for grade 8 players to assist tutors and play in their own chamber ensemble. Previous teaching experience is not necessary but it could be helpful. Please get in touch if you would like more details about this.

Activities will include:
ñ     Identifying and working on the skills for playing together
ñ     Musical games
ñ     Playing chamber music – small groups/one to a part
ñ     Playing as a whole group
ñ     Singing and Kodaly Musicianship
ñ     A session on overcoming music problems

When and where and how much?
28 - 31th August at St Nicholas Primary School, Exeter, EX1 3EG
Grades 1 – 3:       10am – 1pm  £45   (Deposit £15)
Grades 4 – 8:       10am – 5pm  £95   (Deposit £30)
Adults:              5.30pm – 7pm  £25   (Deposit £10)
There will be a 25% discount for siblings
Deadline for full payment will be 1st August
Please email me on for a booking form

Who are the Tutors?
The tutor team will be led by Rebecca Willson, Emma Welton and Ali Jones. The flute course will be led by Ruth Molins. All tutors have CRBs.

Rebecca Willson has been teaching the violin and viola in Exeter for the past four years since graduating from Dartington College of Arts. She has been a tutor for JUTP Music and Exeter Young Strings as well as running her own chamber ensembles and workshops. Rebecca plays regularly with Obligato String Quartet, Western Swing Band, ”The Zazou Cowboys” and in local pit orchestras. Her interest in contemporary music has led her to setting up Exeter's “Nonclassical @ The Bike Shed”, a platform to promote new music.

Emma Welton moved to Exeter from London in 2009 and has has been teaching the violin privately and running workshops and teaching for Exeter Young Strings and Wren Music. She performs on violin and electric violin and is a member of international contemporary music groups, [rout], Icebreaker and Black Hair. She has an eclectic musical background, having spent some years playing in numerous ceilidh bands, an Indian music band and a jazz quartet (on double bass). She has studied music performance and composition at York, Manchester and Northumbria Universities.

Alison Jones graduated from Nottingham University and moved to London where she spent many years leading workshops in a variety of settings. Since moving to Exeter she has led workshops and taught for Exeter Young Strings, Wren Music, DAISI and Magic Carpet as well as giving violin lessons privately and in local schools. Ali also has experience touring the globe with a number of bands, including international folk band, The Barely Works. She currently plays with the folk band Spin2.

Ruth Molins read Music and English Literature at Cardiff University studying flute with Susan Buckland. Since directing East Devon Youth Flute Choir at the age of 17, she has been actively involved in both teaching and performing. Ruth teaches at a number of local schools and privately. She has enjoyed recent performance collaborations with guitarist Clive Betts as 'The Piazolla Duo', cellist Hilary Boxer and pianist, James Keefe. She also works in pit orchestras in local theatres and plays flute with Exeter Symphony Orchestra.

How do I book a place?

Please complete the booking form and send a cheque deposit to:

Rebecca Willson, 31A Barnfield Road, St Leonards, Exeter, EX1 1RX

If you have any questions, email me on

Please spread the word!
Summer Chamber Music 2012
Booking Form

Name of Applicant:

Age of Applicant: (If under 18)



Experience of Chamber Music:
(if any)

Name of Parent: (if under 18)

Phone Number:

Email Address:

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