What is Pro Corda Academy?

The Pro Corda Academy (PCA) will use the core educational principles of chamber music as never before to revitalize the music education reality of shared instrumental learning in so many schools across the UK.

The overarching goal of the new Academy programme will be to offer sustained and outstanding opportunities to talented young musicians discovered as part of this series and break down – once and for all – their barriers of access.

We’ve really enjoyed Andrew’s workshops because he manages that balancing act of making everybody feel comfortable with the creative task while ensuring everybody in the room has a say and is challenged at the right level.
His own creativity at the piano is inspiring, and It’s a lot of fun!”
Dr Jonathan James, Director, Bristol Pre-Conservatoire

How will it work?

The Pro Corda Academy will be delivered within four distinct strands:

Funded, sustained workshop series focusing on regional weekly sessions each school term.

Bespoke full scholarship places on Pro Corda’s core courses, together with travel subsidy, for highly gifted young musicians discovered during the above two strands and who are eligible to benefit from Pro Corda’s core courses. Both the full scholarship awards and course places will be ring-fenced on each age tier of Pro Corda’s core courses, together with its regional core courses – Pro Corda West and Pro Corda North.

Funded stepping stone weekend courses – both in delivery regions and at Pro Corda’s home of Leiston Abbey – to build on the workshops and offer exciting further opportunities to the wider pool of young people participating each term.

An adjoining Professional Training strand (delivered as a blended course of twilight sessions and digital resources) for teachers and trainees in each region we work in via the PCA.

“First class! Andrew’s expertise and musicianship were highly apparent not only in the quality of what he helped advanced students to create, but also in drawing out an unexpected realisation of potential from the less experienced. Improvisation is myth-busted and I am beginning to see it emerging in our Music Service! “
Kieran Lynch, Upper Strings Teacher for Kingston upon Hull Music Service.

How can I find out more and get involved?

Much more information will be released over the coming weeks so watch this space! If you have any burning questions please feel free to contact us using the form here:

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Generously supported by:

Leiston Abbey
Chamber Music Courses
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