Pro Corda North

Course Intro

Taking place in the North of England in August each year, Pro Corda North offers talented string players, pianists and wind players ages 9-18 years, from at least grade 5 upwards, the experience of daily chamber music sessions in at least two chamber groups, musicianship which may include composition, dynamic rehearsal techniques, improvisation and even art. There will also be bespoke workshops and discussions focussing on performance anxiety, instrumental technique, masterclasses and many informal concerts. There will also be a resident pianist to rehearse and perform any solo repertoire and practice clinics to ensure every student reaches their full potential.

Guest artists are frequently invited to present complimentary workshops, which in the past have included Folk singing, Jazz and Conducting.

All chamber groups are organised according to standard and age. Access is through an informal audition.

Pro Corda North is also collaborating with the esteemed Steinway Keyboard department at Rossall School which, in addition to the Chamber music, will feature piano masterclasses, prestigious public performance opportunities, and individual lessons with professors such as Victor Lim and Andrew Quartermain.

Social Activities

The musical side of the course is balanced with excellent pastoral care, and social activities which include swimming in the Rossall Olympic sized pool and visits to the private beach, which is five minutes walk away.

Course Requirements

Age: 8-18yrs
Entry requirement: Minimum standard Grade 5
Audition: Yes. Held throughout the year
Application deadline: See event details
Cost: See event details
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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All Pro Corda courses have excellent pastoral care, and this comes partly from the relatively small numbers on the course due to the emphasis on chamber music and partly from the expertise and experience of the pastoral staff. All staff are chosen for their experience and empathy with this age group, and students and parents alike will find us warm and welcoming.

Course Director: Alison Lansdown

Alison is from Cape Town, South Africa, and has lived in the UK for over 20 years. She studied cello performance at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She is currently a cello teacher at Trafford Music Service, where she also directs their Intermediate String Orchestra and is part of the senior leadership team.

Course Location: Rossall School

The Pro Corda North Course will take place in the stunning coastal venue of Rossall School.

Set on an historic 160 acre campus on the picturesque Lancashire coastline, with breathtaking scenery, the grounds include 45 acres of playing fields, a dedicated astronomical observatory, chapel, swimming pool and multi-million pound sports centre.

A vast array of social and fun activities will be organised to complement and warmly welcome every individual.

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