Course Information


Magdalen Farm Winsham


TA20 4PA

01460 30058


Our next course will be
from 6th to 12th April 2015

Age and Ability

Ages 9 to 15 years


Musical standard between Grade 3 to Grade 8


Welcome to Magdalen Farm Strings!

Magdalen Farm Strings is a well-established annual course for promising and enthusiastic young string players aged 9 - 15, who come together for a week of music making and fun during the Easter holidays. It is held at Magdalen Farm, a beautiful organic farm on the West Dorset / Somerset border, which is home to The Magdalen Environmental Trust, a long-established environmental education charity. Dates for the 2015 course have not yet been fixed: however, if you are interested, please do get in touch.

We are very fortunate to have the distinguished composer Colin Matthews as our patron. He composes a new piece especially for Magdalen Farm Strings each year. Colin Matthews was a judge at the 2010 final of Young Musician of the Year

Magdalen Farm

In 2013 we introduced chamber groups for the first time, with the aim of giving any individual participant who wished to do so a chance to demonstrate their full potential during the week. This was voted a great success by everyone and was very successfuly repeated in 2014. As a relatively small group with a family atmosphere, we are in a good position to take on board any suggestions for improvement and we introduce new aspects each year. We always have an outside visiting musician on one day during the course: jazz singer Zoe Schwarz joined us in April 2014

Several children have grown up with the course and are completely dedicated 'Magdalen Farm Stringers': but there are always plenty of new participants, who can be sure of a tremendous welcome from children and staff alike.

Please explore our website, which will we hope give you a good idea of what Magdalen Farm Strings is all about. We look forward to hearing from you

Sarah Gleadell
Magdalen Farm Strings
01460 30058