Directed, as of 2020, by Pro Corda’s CEO and concert pianist Andrew Quartermain, the Pro Corda Children’s Piano course, within our supporting instrumental series, is designed to offer an intensive development for all young pianists (in advanced and junior classes depending on level/ experience.) It also supplements Pro Corda’s chamber music programme by offering a crucial boost to those young pianists wanting to make chamber music part of their artistic lives.

Young pianists so often get left out of the chamber music experience in their early development, and those who do find the chamber music path can often get held back by the age old conundrum of the classical and romantic piano chamber repertoire – for every one note string or wind players have, the pianist usually has 10!

So we address this head on with the annual Pro Corda Children’s Piano course. Specially designed improvisation sessions to boost sight reading, creative duet sessions to boost ensemble communication and awareness, chamber repertoire sessions, and Dalcroze Eurythmics – again to help with spontaneity of performance, confidence of reading and learning scores, and to develop the most natural of musicianships.

Alongside these are of course masterclass sessions with internationally famous pianists and teachers.

Pro Corda’s Children’s Piano has all the usual unique aspects of a Pro Corda course: a dedicated pastoral team, lots of fun activities on a stunning site during free time, and plenty of performing opportunities. Not to mention some early morning Yoga sessions!

Important Info:

Age range: 8-18yrs
Audition: No audition required
Course length: See individual events
Application deadline: See individual events
Location: Leiston Abbey
Cost: See individual events
Pro Corda tries to ensure that no student is turned away because of financial barriers so please get in touch if you are facing difficulties. You can also find out more information on our Bursary page.

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Pro Corda Children’s Piano is an open access course, but we may well ask for a teacher’s reference after application to ensure we are placing each student in the most appropriate grouping.

Our full range of means-tested bursaries are available for this course. Please click below for more details.

The director of the course is Andrew Quartermain, CEO and Artistic Director of Pro Corda. He has a busy international concert schedule as both soloist and chamber musician performing with instrumentalists and singers from Europe and beyond.

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