Course Information


Magdalen Farm Winsham


TA20 4PA

01460 30144


Our next course is from 11th to 17th April 2014

Age and Ability

Ages 9 to 15 years


Musical standard between Grade 3 to Grade 8


Welcome to Magdalen Farm Strings!

Following its sixth successful year, 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

We are fortunate to have the distinguished composer Colin Matthews as our patron. For the past three years he has composed a new piece especially for Magdalen Farm Strings and has promised to do so again in 2014. 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 will be 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: Genevieve Wilkins’ exciting and creative percussion sessions were a highlight in 2013.

Several children have grown up with the course and are completely dedicated Magdalen Farm Strings fans: 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. The next course will be held from 11th to 17th April 2014, finishing on Maundy Thursday, which is the only way we can fit in with State school holidays. It is basically a residential course, but we can take day participants if required. Reservations can be made from June 2013 onwards.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sarah Gleadell
Magdalen Farm Strings
01460 30144