Sedbergh Strings with Emily Alexander

age 8-14 : 05 - 08 August 2024

For all bowed string Players with abilities of Grade 3 and Above

residential - £589.00 | day - £349.00

Calling all young string players -

An immersive 4 day residential course focusing on string orchestra & a series of workshops, in the beautiful Lake District surroundings as part of Sedbergh Schools Summer Course programme. Led by Sedbergh School’s Head of Strings Emily Alexander, the tutor team will include musicians from Sedbergh School and complemented by other visiting musicians.

The Sedbergh string course is specifically designed to enrich your existing musical skills on your journey to becoming a healthy and well-rounded musician. Playing in an ensemble together is an integral part of any musicians’ development and in the string orchestra sessions, you will learn and discover exciting and challenging repertoire, culminating in a performance for friends and family on the last day of the course.

As well as the string orchestral focus, you will also take part in daily musical enrichment workshops, focusing on the importance of your mental and physical health as young musicians. Daily immersive workshops will be delivered by published authors, internationally renowned musicians & performers and medical professionals from BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine).

We welcome applications from all bowed string players aged 8-14, with abilities of Grade 3 and above.

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Emily Alexander

Born in South Africa, Emily began the violin aged 5 and returned to the UK studying at Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Margaret Norris and Krzysztof Smietana. She took her Undergraduate Degree BMus (Hons) at the RNCM under the tutelage of Maciej Rakowski and Yair Kless.
She is currently Head of Strings and former Assistant Director of Music at Sedbergh School and Head of Yorkshire Young Musicians (2020-22), leading two Centres for Advanced Training (CAT).
Emily is the Upper Strings Tutor for Music for the Many, a West Yorkshire music charity and has been a Coach of Chamber Music & Musicianship on Pro Corda since 2002.


alison lansdown

Alison Lansdown is from Cape Town, South Africa, and has lived in the UK for over 20 years. She studied cello performance at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She is currently the Course Director on Pro Corda North and cello teacher at Trafford Music Service, where she also directs their Intermediate String Orchestra and is part of the senior leadership team.

Lucy Nolan

Lucy Nolan

Dublin-born, violist Lucy Nolan divides her time between her work as a chamber musician and teacher. As a member of the Eblana String Trio she enjoys performing in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, and the Bridgewater Hall. Lucy is also a member of Amika, a string quartet specialising in crossover and contemporary approaches. Lucy performs and tours frequently with both Manchester Collective and Manchester Camerata. Lucy is a committed teacher and currently holds positions at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Northern College of Music.


Karenna Caun

Karenna Caun studied singing at the RNCM and has worked as a doctor in the NHS. She is a regular performer, having performed many and varied operatic roles in the UK, and in the Far East, been a chorus mentor and done community work as a soloist/educator for Birmingham Opera Company and Welsh National Opera. She teaches singers at all levels and in a range of styles and is part of the vocal department at Sedbergh School.
Her combined interest in music, medicine and teaching led her to develop a special interest in Tension in Performance, working for the prevention and rehabilitation of musicians’ injuries, and performance anxiety. As well as helping students and performers at all levels, Karenna has been a mentor for the ABRSM, a committee member of ISSTIP, and practitioner for BAPAM and been invited to lecture widely for ABRSM, ABC, RNCM, Chetham’s school of music, and AOTOS.

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Dr P Wheble

Dr Pippa Wheble is an NHS and BAPAM GP, and a graduate of the Performing Arts Medicine MSc programme at UCL. She has special interests in anxiety management and breathing techniques. She is a singer and instrumentalist, playing violin, viola, saxophone and piano, and she has also trained in dance. Her research has demonstrated improved wellbeing following attendance at these sessions. As a BAPAM trainer she has delivered extensive healthy practice education on injury prevention, mental health, anxiety and vocal health to students, professionals and teachers across the performing arts since 2018.

Morning warm up / music & movement

String orchestra rehearsal


Enrichment sessions & Workshops

Evening social activities to include a concert & improvisation sessions 

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