Course Information


Magdalen Farm



TA20 4PA


Our next course will be
from 4th to 10th April 2016

Age and Ability

Ages 9 to 16 years


Musical standard between Grade 2 to Grade 8


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The Course


Magdalen Farm Strings is a unique musical experience exploring the essence of English music in its various aspects - from medieval times to the contemporary composers of today. The daily programme includes coached sessions in string orchestral repertoire of English composers, chamber music, musicianship and improvisation. Visiting tutors and musicians offer an exciting variety of experiences, including folk, baroque, eurhythmics and jazz.

Afternoons are for everyone to let off steam. We will arrange different energetic and highly enjoyable outdoor games and activities every day out and about in the beautiful surroundings of Magdalen Farm. Weather permitting, we hope to include a seaside outing to the nearby Jurassic Coast.

We are extremely fortunate in that the internationally-renowned composer Colin Matthews composes a new piece for Magdalen Farm Strings each year and continues to be our very active and enthusiastic patron.

Magdalen Farm Strings culminates with an informal concert on the morning of the final day, followed by a delicious buffet lunch at which family and friends can meet the staff and get to know other parents.

We are extremely grateful to Colin Matthews, The Joyce Fletcher Trust, The Christina Aitchison Trust, The Ely Trust and other generous individuals for their support, without which Magdalen Farm Strings would not be able to continue in its present form.