Feedback from 2014
We always like to hear from both parents and participants after each course . . .
I enjoyed my first year at Magdalen Strings. Everyone was friendly and the chamber groups were entertaining and interesting. By the end of the week my musical leadership and my violin playing had improved. All the tutors are really nice, Brigid is a fantastic conductor, violinist and tutor. The best part is that you can stay up all night and do stuff like telling jokes and chatting. The activities in the afternoon were fun, we got to do some gardening and at the end of it, we had a water fight. Oh, by the way, to those who care, the showers are nice and warm . You get to do plenty of string playing which hopefully will makes your playing better by the end of the week
We really enjoyed Magdalen Farm as always, it was great to see all our freinds and make new ones. We loved all the activiteis and all the music we did, and were reluctant to leave! We've both learnt a lot and improved our skills, ending the course inspired. Magdalen was so much fun and we are definitely coming back next year!
From Coco, 12 and Thea, 13
Magdalen Farm Strings is amazing; it's one of the best weeks of the year.
I love so many things about it. It's mostly the people there that makes it so amazing. I love going out on the farm, helping with the animals or playing really fun games in the woods, in the afternoons. Dalcroze is really fun, because we do music but we show it with our body, we move to show the rhythms... and what I most liked about the music this year was the chamber groups, we split up into small groups (duets, trios, quartets) even though everyone is a different standard (from grades 3 to above grade 8), we all get to play, Also we play as whole orchestra. But what I enjoyed most of all, of the whole course this year (2014) was the evening fun. After supper we would do an activity/game all together. Every night we would do something different. We did dancing, jazz improvisation, eater games, camp fire (roasting marsh mellows)... and lots of others, It was brilliant! Magdalen farm strings gets 10/10 from me.
I just wanted to re-iterate how much Patrick enjoyed Magdalen Farm Strings this year. He says it was his best year ever - I think he just enjoys it more and more each year. He seems to get on really well with the other young-uns - I think he and Charlie keep in touch between times, which is nice.
We loved the concert - it is wonderful how much you all manage to get through in the six days or however long it is. Magdalen is such a great combination of music, friends, fresh air, exercise and good food.
All being well, Patrick will probably want to be there again next year. We will certainly spread the word amongst our friends here.
Mother of Patrick, 14
I definitely preferred the activities this year. I felt as if the activities were more in my area of knowledge. I found the team exercises much easier this year as I knew how other people thought and I could work with them as opposed to trying to have my way or the way I thought was best. I really liked the team activities that meant everyone had to join in. I really enjoyed the individual activities also such as pizza making. The balance between the group and individual activities was also good.
I also had one suggestion to try to attract more people to the course-Try to focus in on the things that children find more traditionally fun. If you put “Capture the Flag and other activities!” it sounds more appetising than “ Hands-on Farming and other activities!” See what I mean?