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 Tutors

Course Leader
Fiona McLean-Buechel BA Mus.Perf., CERT RAM

Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Fiona is a founder member of NYOS and an alumnus of St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh. On leaving St Mary's she trained at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow and the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has a passion for music in all forms; combining a busy career as a performer with writing creative and collaborative national and international performance projects.

Whilst professor of violin at the Junior Guildhall School of Music she became a pro-active member of the school's external examination and development team. She also lectured and was a professor at Colchester Institute, Goldsmith's College, visiting tutor for National Children's Orchestra and Head of Strings for London Borough of Bexley.

In 2005 Fiona co-founded and was course director for a collaborative venture with the Dartington International Summer School,  the Dartington Plus Summer Youth Strings Programme. She subsequently founded and is Creative Director of SouthWest Camerata and the registered charity JUTPMUSIC whose work was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society for Education and featured as a cover story for ESTA. Her ensembles are frequent performers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival,  record regularly for BBC Devon and make regular concert appearances across the UK.

She has been a visiting professor of violin at Dartington College and Cardiff University, lectured for the European String teachers Association, Cardiff University, South West Sound and U3A. Her string quartet, The Four Seasons String Quartet,  are recording artists featuring regularly in shows for BBC TV.

Fiona  is a specialist Music Adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals. She is a violin and viola specialist at Trinity Laban Junior Conservatoire in their Main and Stringtime programmes.

Lucinda Wright

Lucinda Wright

Lucinda Wright learned the cello with Anna Shuttleworth who inspired her to find interesting ways to continue to develop as a musician and teacher.

After gaining an MA with distinction from Birmingham Conservatoire, Lucinda went on to study Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Royal Northern School of Music and Drama. She is now lucky enough to use the unique Dalcroze approach to studying music through the combination movement, aural training and improvisation in her current roles as teacher of cello and primary school music.

Lucinda teaches children on the 'String Training Programme' at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She enjoys working with both children and adults at Suzuki and Kodaly method summer schools and workshops.

One of Lucinda's greatest passions is to play chamber music and she performs regularly with the Boxbury Piano Trio and the Greganog Ensemble. She has also recently performed as a soloist with local amateur orchestras.

Polly Orr-Ewing

Polly Orr-Ewing

Polly is a violinist who has been working with children and music for nearly 20 years. Married with four children, she lives with her family in Somerset. She was a member of the Centre for Young Musicians in Pimlico and played with the London Schools' Symphony Orchestra for several years. After a 6th form music scholarship to Bryanston School she went on read music at the University of Manchester.

Polly teaches music at several local schools and is an experienced choir leader. She also teaches violin to individual adult pupils. She has performed at the internationally-renowned Jimena Music Festival for several years.

Polly's musical education was greatly influenced by a privately run annual chamber music week in Wales. It was on these camping weeks, which also involved a lot of outdoor activity in the Welsh countryside, that she really developed a passion for playing chamber music, particularly the quartet repertoire.