The Junior course builds on all the elements that have been introduced on the Primary course but brings in new projects to challenge this age group. More advanced chamber music repertoire will be studied, alongside daily orchestral sessions, instrumental masterclasses, and workshops on improving individual practice so that each student begins to take more responsibility for their personal musical goals.

The Junior Course is led by Annabel Thwaite who believes in inspiring musicians from a holistic approach. Daily Yoga and Mindfulness sessions will be integrated into the timetable so that each child increases their confidence, reduces performance anxiety and reaches their optimum musical well-being.

You can see examples of projects the course includes below.

  • Relaxation skills
  • Alexander Technique
  • Choir
  • How to practise
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • Conducting
  • Introduction to Jazz
  • Introduction to Indian music
  • Film Composition
  • Improvisation
  • Song-writing techniques

Important Info:

Age range: 12-14yrs, school years 8&9
Entry requirement: Minimum standard Grade 7+
Audition: Yes. Auditions held throughout the year.
Course dates: 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.

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.

The surroundings at Leiston Abbey in the heart of Suffolk are the perfect setting to make the music courses a magical experience, where new but long-lasting friendships are made.

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The director of the course is Annabel Thwaite – our Core Course Co-ordinator at Pro Corda. As a multi-award winner she is recognised as one of the most versatile and charismatic pianists playing today. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed in major UK concert halls and toured throughout the world, collaborating with artists such as Sir Bryn Terfel,  Roberto Alagna and chamber music with the Danish Ensemble Midtvest at Carnegie Hall, New York.

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