musicians enjoy ‘world class’ string-day workshop

Wednesday March 13, 2019

Concord’s string musicians recently enjoyed an insightful string-day workshop with two internationally renowned string players. Violinist, Zoë Beyers and cellist, Richard Jenkinson visited Concord for the first time and delivered a ‘world-class’ lunchtime concert in Concord’s Old Chapel, followed by an inspiring and challenging workshop for Concord’s string players. Alongside their busy careers as concert soloists and chamber musicians, Zoë and Richard are also sought after associate section leaders with a number of major British orchestras, such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras and the London based Philharmonia. From Concord’s string players, 8 students attended the workshop – 5 violinists and 3 cellists, with students both from the Lower School and Upper School. Concord’s Head of Music, Mr Stavros Kokkinos said: “The workshop, designed to develop students’ stage craft skills and string technique was incredible. “As well as students having the opportunity to listen to a world class music recital, the workshop allowed them to develop their awareness of stylistic and period interruption, as well as ensemble and listening skills. Students also benefited from expanding their musical knowledge and increasing their self-confidence by learning from Zoe and Richard in small groups. Individuals had the opportunity to take part in one-to-one tuition over the course of the afternoon, as well as ensemble coaching. Mr Kokkinos added: “What better way to advance as a string player than by learning from two of the best string players in the UK’s classical music scene. “For the students, the afternoon was fun and sure to be memorable.”