I am writing to express my gratitude to Thomastik-Infeld Vienna and JDCMF for the generous bursary for me to attend the Young Grittleton Chamber Music Course. This is a wonderful opportunity for me that would not have been possible without this bursary.
I have not yet had the chance to play intensive chamber music in a residential setting, and this will give me the ability to really immerse myself in this and to develop my skills in ensemble playing. I am looking forward to meeting other young musicians, sharing ideas and learning from them.
I have played some chamber music at the Primary Royal Academy, in the limited time allotted at the Saturday school. I am passionate about this aspect of performance and I am very keen to have the chance to explore this further.
I am very grateful to Thomastik for providing this bursary for me, and for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
It was very friendly and reassuring. Then followed the first orchestral rehearsal, which was great fun and not at all intimidating. I made friends immediately.
The final concert was a great opportunity to perform with our own chamber groups and to listen to other groups. My group played a Mozart String quartet, which we practised in detail during the week. Also, the orchestral pieces (both new commissions) were fantastic to play.
Young Grittleton was a week I’ll always remember, especially Mozart string quartet music! Thank you Thomastik-Infeld and JDCMF.