Viola with Rosalind Ventris

Viola with Rosalind Ventris

Saturday 29th July 2023 - Saturday 5th August 2023
All Day

Reserve Space(s)
We are excited to welcome back a host of world-class tutors to lead our popular strings course in Aberystwyth. Our string courses at Musicfest are a joint solo program and a chamber music course, specialising in violin, viola, and cello. The 8-day course schedule includes:
  • Warm up
  • Individual lessons
  • Individual practice
  • Masterclasses with pianist
  • Chambermusic lesson and rehearsals
  • Showcase concerts
All students are part of this daily plan. Students can apply alone or together as a chamber group. All participants on the string course will be placed in a chamber group with others of the same level and age.
Every student will have several opportunities to rehearse with an accompanist and perform at least once in both a masterclass and a  concert. Our regular Showcase Concerts in the Great Hall provide wonderful performing opportunities for the students.
The outstanding evening concerts in the Musicfest Festival make an inspiring environment for the course, plus we a special outing to the lovely beaches of Aberystwyth will be arranged.
Every participant has their own room on the premises of the Aberystwyth University where practicing is allowed.

The course will include daily warm-up/technique time for all, individual and small group lessons, daily performance class with an accomplished professional accompanist for everyone. There will also be plenty of time for individual practice and performance opportunities in various showcase concerts.

Your course tutor

British violist Rosalind Ventris leads an international career as a soloist and chamber musician. As a recitalist, she has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Dublin International Chamber Music Festival, Purcell Room, Bozar, Flagey, Slovak Philharmonic, Aldeburgh Festival and Het Concertgebouw. As a concerto soloist, she has worked with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, London Mozart Players, l’Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie and the Belgian National Orchestra. Rosalind’s debut album, featuring music by leading women composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, will be released on Delphian Records in January 2023.

As a chamber musician, Rosalind frequently performs as part of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective (Associate Ensemble of the Wigmore Hall), and is the violist of flute, viola and harp ensemble Trio Anima. She has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Tabea Zimmermann, the Nash Ensemble, the Arcanto Quartett, the Endellion Quartet, the Marmen Quartet, Barry Douglas, John O’Conor, Gerhard Schultz and the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio. She has been invited to perform at many prestigious festivals internationally, including the West Cork, Marlboro, Salzburg and Båstad Festivals, IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, and venues such as the Auditorium du Louvre, Paris, and the Beethoven-Haus, Bonn.

Praised for her ‘beguiling’ and ‘characterful’ playing (Gramophone), recordings featuring Rosalind as a chamber musician have received favourable reviews in the national and international press. She has recorded for Delphian, Chandos, Signum, Tŷ Cerdd and Navona record labels, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, and NPO Radio 4. Rosalind also enjoys contemporary music collaborations, having performed alongside composers Garth Knox and Sally Beamish. As a former founder member of the Albion Quartet she recorded Richard Blackford’s Kalon with the Czech Philharmonic at the Rudolfinum (Prague). She has also premiered several works by Edwin Roxburgh, and in 2016 Rosalind recorded a new work for clarinet, viola and piano by Rory Boyle for Delphian Records. Rory Boyle has also written a work for Trio Anima, premiered in London in 2019.

Rosalind is the Director of Musical Performance and Performance Studies at the University of Oxford, and is a Professor of Viola at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She is also one of the Artistic Directors of the Cowbridge Music Festival in Wales.

Fees and your stay

The tuition fee for this course is £650 excluding accommodation, which includes a pass to all concerts during Musicfest. Early bird discounts are available on all courses booked and paid for in full before 30th April.

Self-catering and en-suite accommodation is offered at a discounted rate for Musicfest students in University halls of residence, or you can book your own accommodation outside the University.  See the accommodation page for further details.

Financial Support

Musicfest Aberystwyth welcomes bursary students from all over the world and prides itself on offering high-quality, intensive training for music students, graduates, and music professionals. We do not wish finance to be a barrier to attending our Summer School so our bursaries (funds towards the cost of fees) are available to help students, graduates and young musicians attend our courses. Friends of MusicFest provide bursaries towards MusicFest Aberystwyth course fees for students in full-time education. The number of bursaries available is limited, so it is essential you apply as soon as possible.  For more information and how to apply, please visit our Fees and Bursaries page.

For more information about financial support, please visit our Fees and Bursaries page.

Request a space on this course

You can request a space on this course here. Applications will be reviewed, and if accepted we will send full information on course joining and fee payment via email. We aim to respond within 7 days to your reservation request.

If you are booking more than one place, you will need to fill in application details for each potential student. Mandatory fields are marked with *

Bookings are closed for this event.

Date(s) - Saturday 29th July 2023 - Saturday 5th August 2023
All Day