Come and join us for a truly inspirational week of learning, recharging your batteries, challenging yourself and meeting some fantastic people – all at a great venue too!
Professional development lies at the heart of the European String Teachers Association and each year the Summer School draws together a world-class faculty of teacher-presenters to share experiences and pedagogic insights into teaching and playing string instruments.
2020 promises an inspiring series of workshops, lectures, demonstrations and concerts. Participants range from young professionals to semi-retired players giving a unique mix of experiences and opportunity for sharing of ideas and knowledge. Informal chamber music groups spring up every evening around suppertime and after the concerts.
The programme retains its ever popular Basics (String Pedagogy) classes which take an in depth view of how we play and teach string instruments. Every year these classes take on their own special life as the presenter and participants change and the class evolves to suit everyone’s interests and needs.
The Summer School is residential at Chichester University. If you’re local please feel free to commute but if you can, do immerse yourself in the whole experience. It’s amazing what conversations get started at breakfast!
Here you can book the entire week. If you just want individual days then please email email@example.com. Please be aware that the daily rate does not include accommodation. This is an extra charge of £45 per night. (Accommodation is included in the whole week’s fee.)
ESTA members are eligible to apply for bursaries. Click HERE for more details.
EARLY BIRD PRICES UNTIL APRIL 1 2020!
Prices for 2020:
EARLY BIRD PRICES ENDS APRIL 1 2020
ESTA member – £555
ESTA non member – £645
ESTA student member – £469
ESTA student non member – £525
Overseas delegate – £645
PRICES AFTER APRIL 1 2020
ESTA member – £585
ESTA non member – £675
ESTA student member – £499
ESTA student non member – £555
Overseas delegate – £675
The week’s cost includes food and accommodation.
We have a limited number of ensuite rooms this year so we’ve created a discount code worth £20 if you don’t mind sharing 1 bathroom between 3 rooms. Use the code Shared to get the discount. If you pay the full price you will automatically get an ensuite room. We do have limited numbers available so book sooner rather than later!
NB! people booking on the student rates will automatically be allocated shared bathrooms!
Please note: If you book individual days and would like overnight accommodation please be aware there will be a £45 charge for each night booked. This includes breakfast. Please note that if you book later rather than earlier you may be in shared bathroom accommodation due to the limited number of ensuite rooms we have available. Many apologies!
Any nights booked outside the course dates will be £45. If you would like to stay outside the course dates please let me know or email/call the university directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01243 812120.
Additional Information and FAQs
If you are arriving on Sunday August 9th please register with the accommodation office marked number 24 on the campus map, they will book you in and give you your room keys. We will set up a desk with your name tag which you can then pick up. Sheila and Julia will be there from the previous night so don’t worry if you arrive earlier than this. You will be given an ID tag and allocated a room plus a parking permit if needed.
If you are attending separate days, please call Sheila on arrival on 07973 168 204 or Julia on 07910 152460. Please be aware that the mobile signal is poor on campus (for us anyway!) so please leave a message if we don’t answer – we’ll check our phones regularly.
The University accommodation office is very helpful too, they can direct you to the music department on arrival. The office is marked as number 24 on the map.
The course finishes at 1pm on the 14th of August. Lunch on the first day and last day will be served. The University have a check out time of 10am. There will be a place where you can store bags after check out.
Linen and towels provided. The University has some basic toiletries for sale in their accommodation office.
There is no bar but in previous years, we have organised our own bar! There are some very nice pubs nearby too.
If you need assistance please call Sheila Holdsworth 07973 168204 or Julia Atkinson 07910 152460. Mobile coverage is poor on campus so please do leave a message-we’ll be checking regularly.
Chichester University College Lane Chichester West Sussex PO19 6PE
ESTA is not responsible for the insurance of any instruments. Please make sure you have adequate insurance cover for your instrument. There will be no lockable storage area as such but your rooms are very near and lockable.
Please remember to bring your instrument – most classes require them!
Icloud wireless network available in social areas. Separate connection in bedrooms.
Lessons etc can be arranged privately with most members of staff. Please feel free to approach them directly during the week. Richard Crozier from the PG Cert course, which is running alongside the summer school, is more than happy to talk to anyone interested for next year’s course. Please feel free to approach him.
There is a non-smoking policy throughout all the buildings and grounds.
Social Rooms/Bedrooms and Facilities:
Check in for accommodation is 3pm, check out 10am. Each bedroom is lockable. This year we have a mix of ensuite and non ensuite rooms. There is a discount of £20 if you don’t mind a non ensuite room. Use the code ‘Shared’ to get this discount and I will automatically allocate you shared bathroom accommodation. Each set of 6 rooms share 2 bathrooms.
NB! people booking on the student rates will automatically be allocated shared bathrooms!
Lounge/Kitchenette with kettles and fridges in Halls of Residence are available for use. Each set of 4 bedrooms has access to a kitchen. The cookers are all non working so no cooking facilities available. Please bring your own tea/coffee/milk/wine if you’d like to make out of hours drinks. Washing machines are available at £1.80 a wash.
Food is served in the dining hall, marked 07 on the campus map. If you have any allergies please do let us know.
Swaps music table:
As last year, we will have a table where you can bring your old unwanted books and swap them for whatever is there! A good chance to take a look at different music without having to buy it.
On the Wednesday we will have some trade stands in the Chapel for you to visit. We would really encourage you to do this as we get a lot of support from them and it’s vital we keep our relationship with them as positive and as healthy as possible. Last year, someone actually bought a viola from them!
Shops near by:
There is a shop on site. It has limited opening hours but is useful! There is a Coop at the bottom of College Road too. The conference office will also sell you washing powder and other items.
On the PDF above, the canteen is listed as 07, the office for accommodation is 24 and the music block is 19/20. Parking, if you are driving please park in the long term car park which is situated near block 16. The first small car park you come to is only short term. You will need the long term one. The parking people are a third party company and Chichester tell us they have eagle eyes….you will need a permit which we shall provide!
If you are an ESTA UK member you are entitled to apply for bursary.
We have two funds, The Nannie Jamieson Nutshell Fund (NJNF) and the Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund (JDCMF). The summer school bursaries are supported by the NJNF. We really are very grateful to our sponsors who, over the years, have enabled many people to attend these valuable weeks.
Booking is open to members and non-members of the European String Teachers Association. For details of membership of ESTA(UK) please contact the membership secretary or visit our Join ESTA page.
In case of illness or other circumstances beyond our control we reserve the right to alter advertised presenters but will inform you if this proves necessary.
Payment: Online payment must be made in full. Individual sessions or meals not taken will not be refunded.
Cancellation of booking / Refund policy:
before April 30: 90% refund
before June 30: 50% refund
July onwards: 0% refund.
Request for media coverage:
ESTA requests permission to take photographs and/or videos for the sole use on the ESTA website and social media. ESTA will never sell or distribute images to third parties. If you do not grant permission please email email@example.com
ESTA and Chichester University accept no responsibility to loss or damage to instruments or personal belongings. You are strongly advised to provide your own insurance for instruments and other valuables.
Not all details have been secured as yet so this is a list of our faculty to date. More to follow!
Upper String Basics: Simon Cartledge
I was born 1957, studied violin at Trinity College of Music.
Teachers,Tessa Robbins, Dora Zafransky and post college Maria Lydka.
Joined ESTA in 1980 and attended many summer schools with a huge variety of great teachers!
Early career was a combination of group teaching, freelance orchestral playing and chamber music.
I have given teaching workshops throughout the UK as well as in Spain, South Africa and Poland with a regular class at the Zenon Brzewski International Summer School.
This summer will be the fifth time I have presented the Basics Technique Class at the UK ESTA Summer School.
In 2013 I presented a workshop called, ‘Getting it in to the Muscle’ at the 41st ESTA International Conference Oxford.
From1993 to 2003 I was Head of Strings at Bedford Modern School.
Visiting lecturer at Trinity College of Music helping and advising on the incorporation of Dalcroze and Kodály principles in to string teaching.
Birmingham Conservatoire lectures on the principles of teaching.
Over nearly forty years of teaching my influences have been very eclectic.
Other than the direct line from Carl Flesch and Rostal through Maria Lydka, Paul Rollands principles of movement, Alexander Technique, Kinesiology and work done with sport scientists.
In May 2011 I qualified as a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming which has profoundly influenced my approach to effective communication.
Currently I have a thriving teaching practice in Cambridge, run and direct the Stapleford Youth String Orchestra as well as continuing to run workshops.
Lower String Basics: Prof Laura Ritchie
Professor Laura Ritchie
Laura Ritchie is Professor of Learning and Teaching in Music. She is a teacher, mother, musician, and dreamer. She is recognised as an educational innovator and was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship in 2012.
At the University of Chichester she coordinates both the Music with Instrumental / Vocal Teaching and the MA Performance programmes. Laura has also co-authored the curriculum for the European String Teachers Association Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching, which is an international, distance learning course. Laura trained as a classical cellist in America (Northwestern University) and London (Royal College of Music) and her PhD research focused on psychology of music and specifically the impact of students’ self-beliefs on learning and performing. In her academic publications and presentations she promotes excellence across disciplines in teaching and learning, and in particular provides innovative ways to unlock student potential through practical teaching settings.
Laura pushes the boundaries of learning for her students and herself. She advocates experiential learning and fully immerses herself in learning projects, teaching by example.
I studied in London with Joan Dickson at the very time she was involved in founding ESTA UK. I went on to study in Salzburg with Antonio Janigro and in Düsseldorf with Johannes Goritzki. My career in chamber music has included many performances at the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank as well as numerous recordings for radio. I was a founder member of Divertimenti Ensemble and the Schubert Ensemble and principal cello of Kent Opera. My commercial recordings include several with Divertimenti, most notably the Mendelssohn Octet and chamber works of Arnold Bax, Brahms and Weber. As a freelance cellist I have played with the London Mozart Players and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Proms, Glyndbourne and throughout Europe. With my husband, violinist Paul Barritt, I am co-director of Tring Chamber Music, “West Hertfordshire’s best kept secret.” www.tringchambermusic.co.uk
I have enjoyed teaching cello students of all ages and stages privately throughout my career, as well as being a peripatetic cello teacher in West Hertfordshire schools.
In the early nineties just a few one-to-one Feldenkrais lessons transformed my experience of playing and performance. At the time it seemed like magic: musical intentions became effortless and pleasurable to express; technical challenges morphed from being daunting to becoming realistic, enjoyable projects. I felt an unexpected sense of limitless potential. Keen to understand this transformation I eventually embarked on the 4-year training to become a Feldenkrais Method Practitioner.
Since graduation as a Practitioner I have been teaching public classes in Awareness Through Movement as well as Functional Integration to private clients. In addition I run specialist Feldenkrais workshops for musicians, fusing my career-long experience as a cellist with a deepened understanding of movement and function. I have given workshops for ESTA, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Benslow Music, Arpeggione, CelloDynamo, and for Buskaid in Soweto, South Africa.
Classical Improv and Stage Fright: Rupert Guenther
Chamber Music: Steve Bingham
Steve Bingham: Chamber Music
Steve Bingham studied violin with Emmanuel Hurwitz, Sidney Griller and the Amadeus Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music from 1981 to 1985, where he won prizes for orchestral leading and string quartet playing. In 1985 he formed the Bingham String Quartet, an ensemble which has become one of the foremost in the UK, with an enviable reputation for both classical and contemporary repertoire.
The Quartet has recorded numerous CDs and has worked for radio and television both in the UK and as far afield as Australia. The group has toured in Europe, the Middle East and Australia and has worked with distinguished musicians such as Jack Brymer, Raphael Wallfisch, Michael Collins and David Campbell. The Quartet’s educational activities have included residencies at London’s South Bank Centre, for several UK festivals and at Radley College. The Quartet is also known for it’s many performances of new works by some of the best young composers in Britain.
Steve has appeared as guest leader with many orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English National Ballet and English Sinfonia. He has given solo recitals both in the UK and America and his concerto performances include works by Bach, Vivaldi, Bruch, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Sibelius, given in venues as prestigious as St. Johns’ Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall.
In recent years Steve has developed his interest in improvisation, electronics and World music, collaborating with several notable musicians including guitarist Jason Carter and players such as Sanju Vishnu Sahai (tabla), Baluji Shivastrav (sitar) and Abdullah Ibrahim (piano). Steve also plays live with No-Man, the progressive art-rock duo of Tim Bowness and Steve Wilson.
Steve’s debut solo CD “Duplicity” was released in November 2005, and has been played on several radio stations including BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. His second solo CD, entitled “Ascension”, was released in December 2008 and has since been followed by “Touchable Dreams”, a CD of poetry and violin with Jeremy Harmer, “Third”, an eclectic mix of live-looped pieces, and in 2014 “The Persistence Of Vision”, which features the amazing Bach D minor Partita, and works by Michael Nyman. Steve has also released many single tracks, and has an active YouTube channel featuring many weird and wonderful video creations!
Beyond performing on the violin Steve is a conductor of some repute, and currently conducts the Ely Sinfonia, Ad Hoc Sinfonia and City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, with guest appearances with several other ensembles. Steve is a committed teacher, and is Editor and Webmaster for the European String Teachers Association (UK). He coaches on many chamber music courses as well as giving regular school workshops to all age groups. He is particularly known for his communication skills and enthusiasm. Steve is also Joint CEO of PartPlay, an exciting online music service for chamber musicians.
Steve’s interests include ornithology, photography and Celtic knotwork.
Lucy Hare: Setting Ourselves up for Success and The World’s Best Teacher
Lucy Hare – Musician (Double Bass) and Coach
Lucy has been a freelance bass player for 30 years playing in a huge variety of styles and places including BBCSO, LPO, Royal Opera House, BBCCO and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures dance company. For 10 years she ran an Argentinean tango quintet, Tango Volcano and became an obsessive tango dancer. A love of Celtic and Latin music began from being a founder member of the Oxford Concert Party, a whacky group of six musicians who have produced 8 CDs and one cookery book, and spent as much time working in prisons as they have in concert halls.
Her coaching work has taken her into corporate settings as well as many music colleges and orchestras. Lucy is a trainer for Barefoot Coaching, one of UK’s foremost coaching organisations. She is passionate about bringing energising and creative coaching work to performers everywhere.
Chris Haigh: folk session
When it comes to fiddle playing, Chris Haigh wrote the book. As a professional for over 30 years he has covered almost every aspect of fiddling, playing on over 100 albums, and working with artists as diverse as Morcheeba, Bob Geldof, Alison Moyet, All about Eve, Najma Akhtar, Andrew Cronshaw, Brendan Power, Diz Disley, Steps, The Coal Porters, David Soul, the Quireboys, Jyotsna Srikanth and Oumou Sangari.
He has played at private parties for Sting, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Princess Anne and countless others, and as a session musician has played on numerous jingles, and TV and film soundtracks.
He covers a huge range of fiddle styles with ease and authority, including many of those normally outside the scope of a folk fiddler; country, rock, jazz, western swing, klezmer and gypsy. He has written eleven books on fiddling, including the highly acclaimed “Fiddle Handbook”, and for Schott, books on rock, jazz, folk, Hungarian, French, country and klezmer fiddle. He organises an annual event, the London Fiddle Convention at Cecil Sharp House. Now in its 28th year, this brings together fiddlers from every conceivable tradition for a day of workshops and performances.
Chris’s website, www.fiddlingaround.co.uk gets over 1.5million hits a year and is probably the primary source of fiddle information on the web.
Concerts and party as usual too!
Start date: August 09, 2020
End date: August 14, 2020
Start time: 13:00
End time: 13:00
Venue: University of Chichester College Lane, Chichester PO19 6PE