Educational Music Organizations
Other music-making organisations
Contemporary Music for All This website is dedicated to enabling amateur musicians to become involved in contemporary music and works in partnership with professional musicians in order to bring new music to wider audiences. CoMA in Leeds
Lowry Strings, Salford, Manchester. A friendly and supportive group for adult beginners to more confident players of violin, viola, cello and double bass.
The East London Late Starters Orchestra came into existence in the mid 1980s and the idea has spread to Yorkshire and other places.
Music, Accessories, Teachers and Luthiers
IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project)/Petrucci Music Library is an internet library of scores and sheet music, and a useful public domain resource for chamber music.
Our Beginners’ Information Sheet containing details of local teachers can be found on the Downloads page.
Andrew Watkinson, upper strings teacher
Stringed instrument websites
The internet has become an international resource in education generally, and, while it can never replace face-to-face contact with a tutor, it does offer amazing interactive content that many do find helpful. Many sites are not peer reviewed, so it best always to choose those associated with accredited institutions if you can. While Wikipedia is widely used and is generally very good, there can be rather limited reviewing or refereeing of articles by experts. So don’t take everything on the internet as being written on tablets of stone!
sheilascorner.com – interesting American site with lots of useful information and even a banjo link!
http://www.fiddlercove.org/todd-ehle-videos – one member of the orchestra got Grade 8 violin using this site.
violinandviola.co.uk – send a violin e-card, find a teacher, download free sheet music and much more…
cello.org – full of resources and forums for cellists.
The Cello Companion (a collection of resources for and articles on playing, teaching and learning the cello).
www.cellostudio.co.uk (Deryn Cullen’s teaching site)
The Strad – the premiere site for stringed instruments and instrument makers
Allcomers Music: residential music courses throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.
Basically Quartets: a chamber music course in North Wales.
Cubertou Holiday Courses for Adults, SW France, Beginners to Advanced.
Cherwell Chamber Music: weekend chamber music courses in the Cotswolds for small groups of adult beginner/intermediate string players.
Historic Teaching Videos by Yehudi Menuhin
There are six tutorials on violin technique by Menuhin in the 1970s on YouTube: this link is to the first tutorial.