Summer Residency 2015

Our 2015 tutors were Matthew Truscott on violin (ex Dante Quartet, now leader of the OAE), Michael Gurevich on viola (London Haydn Quartet), Marie Bitlloch on cello (Elias Quartet) and Daniel Tong(artistic director of Wye Valley Chamber Music and a member of the London Bridge Ensemble). Read more about them here!

They invited four young ensembles to join them:

Alba String Quartet
Arcus Piano Trio
Aurea Quartet
Bernadel Quartet

 

Young musicians at the Wye Valley Chamber Music summer residency at Treowen in the Wye Valley.

The Alba Quartet rehearsing

 

“It was an intense course, with no less that 10 hours of playing every day, and I loved every second of it! The tutors and the other students were so passionate and inspiring I felt like every day passed by too quickly! I think the schedule was perfect, with breaks every two hours and free evenings. It made my brain and my ears work perfectly together all week. It felt more like a family than any other course I’ve been to. The warmth, the mix of generations and the passion for music that united as all. I’m most certainly going to apply again. Not only for the inspiration and to see all the wonderful people again, but also to once again be reminded how boldly I can play Haydn.
Minna Svedberg, Alba String Quartet

 

Young musicians at the Wye Valley Chamber Music summer residency at Treowen in the Wye Valley.

Daniel Tong with the Aurea Quartet

 


 

Treowen in the Wye Valley.

Matthew Truscott with the Arcus Piano Trio

 

I felt a common mind set from all of the tutors, a very fresh approach to music, different from the more rigid  education we are used to in academic environments. The focus was on conveying to the highest degree possible the message and character of the music to listeners while exploring the beauties of it. I can say it has completely changed my outlook on making music, opening my eyes to endless new possibilities of expression.
Arthur Bocaneanu, Arcus Piano Trio

 

Young musicians at the Wye Valley Chamber Music summer residency at Treowen in the Wye Valley.

Preparing lunch

 

“We all enjoyed the week immensely and felt that we gained a lot from it. It was a very intense week musically with a coaching every day and rehearsals but it was extremely worthwhile and we felt like we accomplished a lot that week. All the tutors were amazing and our particular highlight was playing the Schubert with Marie, which was just a dream. I’ve been on a lot of chamber music courses and this is the first time that the students were given the opportunity to perform and learn alongside a tutor. I think this is invaluable to young musicians and something other courses should take on board.”
William Melvin, Bernadel Quartet

 

We would like to thank the Fidelo Charitable Trust, the Garrick Charitable Trust, the Leche Trust, the New Grove Trust and Spoff’s Scholarship Fund for their generous support of this project.