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Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund

National Strings: Xiachu (7)

My name is Xiachu. I am 7 years old. I want to let you know that I had a great time at National Strings in Norfolk. The best thing about the course was to play my violin together as a group. My favourite music piece was "Tops and Tails". And it was my first time [...]

ESTA UK Bursary Committee
07/03/2023

Young Grittleton: Melissa (11)

During my two weeks at Young Grittleton I had so much fun playing violin and viola with other people instead of on my own. On the first week I played viola, and on the second week I played violin. Although it was my second year of going to Young Grittleton, I still found setting up [...]

ESTA UK Bursary Committee
31/01/2023

Priory Farm Music Camp: Olivia (12)

Dear JDCMF, I am just back from my PFMC+ course and had an amazing time! I played in a string orchestra, a string quartet and sang in a group ensemble. In my string quartet I played Hungarian Dance no.5 by Brahms. I found this piece fun to play but it had some challenging passages. I [...]

ESTA UK Bursary Committee
31/01/2023

Priory Farm Music Camp: Maya (9)

On the first day at Priory Farm Music Camp I got to meet the other children in my chamber group. I was in a quintet with 3 violins and 2 cellos. We were called ‘Swishy Swishy‘ because of something written in one of the parts. Our tutor was Nadia and she was very friendly and [...]

ESTA UK Bursary Committee
31/01/2023

Arpeggione Senior: Chloe (14)

Huge thanks to the Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund for supporting me to attend Senior Arpeggione this August!  The course helped me to improve my communication skills. For example, in a passage in my Mendelssohn Octet chamber piece it was mainly triplets, so I had to communicate a lot with other players with the beats, as [...]

ESTA UK Bursary Committee
31/01/2023

Young Grittleton: Ffion (12)

Attending Young Grittleton this year has been a fabulous opportunity. I have learnt a lot and have enjoyed playing with other musicians my own age. I played a number of pieces this year including Beethoven’s String Quartet op.18 nr.1 and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart. Beethoven op.18 nr.1 pushed me to my limits, but I [...]

ESTA UK Bursary Committee
31/01/2023

Oxford Chamber Music Course: Clara (12)

I am so grateful to Hidersine and the Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund for the opportunity to play on the Oxford Chamber Course. It has really helped my cello playing and chamber music skills. ‘L’estro Armonico Concerto X’ particularly helped me to play in a larger group of people. With a lot of the chamber [...]

Hidersine
31/01/2023

Arpeggione Intermediate: Evie (13)

This summer holidays, I attended the Intermediate Arpeggione viola course. It was an action-packed week with lots of activities to do. My favourite part of the week was watching and taking part in the masterclasses. I got to improve my technique with expert advice and explored how other people play their instruments.  I also competed [...]

ESTA UK Bursary Committee
31/01/2023

Cadenza Summer School: Yagmur (16)

Dear Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund, First of all, I would like to thank you and tell you about my educational and very experiential week at the Cadenza International Summer Music School. We started the course opening on Saturday with the meeting day. We had the opportunity to meet the course administrator and our new [...]

ESTA UK Bursary Committee
31/01/2023