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
Brigid Kirkland-Wilson BEd M.Mus ARCM

Brigid Kirkland-Wilson

Brigid Kirkland-Wilson performs regularly on both standard and baroque violin, mainly in the West Country, with Devon Baroque and other groups. She has coached on both the junior and primary Pro Corda courses.

When living in London Brigid taught at Queens College, Harley Street, and St Paul’s Boys School, and played with The Camerata, amongst other activities. Currently she is teaching violin and violin group at the RCM Junior Department, violin and viola at Wells Cathedral School, and privately.

Brigid examines for the Associated Board in the UK and abroad, and is a mentor and on the Diploma panel for the CTABRSM course.

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.