I would like to say a huge 'thank you' to JDCMF and the sponsor Thomastik-Infeld Vienna for kindly granting me this bursary.  After attending MusicWorks last year and having one of the best experiences of my life I am sincerely grateful to be able to take part in such a wonderful course again which otherwise would not have been possible.  I feel extremely privileged to be given this opportunity and I am very excited and looking forward to the course hugely.  Chamber music has always been a source of great joy to me so 'thank you' again JDCMF enabling me to return to MusicWorks this year. Rose

And after:

I would like to say a huge 'thank you' to JDCMF and Thomastik-Infield Vienna for awarding me the bursary to attend the recent MusicWorks course.  I have genuinely had such a fantastic week, packed with some very wonderful experiences, and have memories which will last a lifetime.

Yet again the coaching was engaging and insightful and I feel privileged to receive tutoring from such renowned and experienced musicians.  I have also learned so much more about playing chamber music and that it's simply not playing together and in-tune, even though that is an important, but that a successful performance is one which has been crafted and every note considered and practised.

This year I was a member of a string quartet and two quintets and played both violin and viola.  I now feel so much more confident playing the viola and have come to enjoy it hugely even though the alto clef is still a little taxing!  Of the three pieces, two were by Mendelssohn and I have really come to appreciate his skill as a composer and his blending of classical control and romanticism.

Musicworks is a course which is truly about music and I feel genuinely privileged to be able to share such wonderful music with some truly fantastic people.

Rose Pian

Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund