St Albans Strings Workshop 28, 29, 30 May 2021 Accommodation for this year is booking out fast.
You can find suggestions here.
We are planning to conduct the St Albans Strings workshop in 2021 and we have reserved the Courthouse at St Albans for the last weekend in May 2021.
To reserve your place please register here. However, due to the uncertain nature of things at the moment, we will NOT ask for payment until we are certain that the workshop will go ahead. When you register we will give you access to the music for the workshop and keep in touch with you.
We have some exciting pieces to work on, including the most loved second movement of Rodrigo’s guitar Concierto de Aranjuez, specially arranged for guitar and string orchestra, for this workshop, by Justin White. Hear an interview with Justin and hear David Fryatt play a small excerpt here. Once again, our conductor will be the very popular Paul Taylor.
Next year (2022) we are also planning to conduct introductory harp and classical guitar workshops. Watch a video interview with Jan Couchman, harp tutor, below.
Strings at St Albans
This unique workshop for violin, viola, cello and double bass players will be held in and around the historic Courthouse in the picturesque village of St Albans, NSW. Surrounded by Hawkesbury sandstone cliffs the tiny village of St Albans nestles alongside the Macdonald River. The area is rich in colonial history, with many historic buildings including the Settlers Arms Inn (1836) and Price Morris Cottage, historic cemeteries, little stone churches, and much more.
Conductor and tutors for St Albans Strings Workshop
Conductor and tutor for cellos – Paul Taylor
Concert master and tutor for first violins – Justin White
Tutor for second violins – Maria Dunn
Tutor for violas – Maria Dunn
Use of the above drone footage on this website has been kindly permitted by Steven Blake Photography
Music is a vital part of living and learning. If you come to this workshop you will find musicians of varying standards who enjoy making music a daily part of their life and who love to learn. In particular we love to play music in ensembles so that we can learn from, and support each other building enduring friendships. This workshop is especially designed for learners of all standards and in particularly the late starters.
Proceeds from the St ALBANS STRINGS weekend workshop will help support music education in the local MacDonald primary school.
Our thanks to Hawkesbury City Council without whose support, this workshop would not have been possible.
News update: The Harp and Guitar Workshops are cancelled for 2021. However, the main workshop will go ahead as planned.
Hands on Harp with Jan Couchman
Classical guitar with David Fryatt
Hands on Harp is a workshop for beginners and would-be harpists.
The tutor will be experienced teacher, Jan Couchman. You do not have to own your own harp. You can borrow one of Jan's for the workshop. If you wish you can also play an item with Jan in the community concert on the Sunday. Meet Jan and six of her ten Celtic harps.