The first Chamber Music Academy of the academic year kicked off to a great start on Saturday 3rd October!

The Purcell School opened its doors at 8:45 to ten of our external young musicians on the course. These musicians included a mixture of fantastic violinists and cellists and even a couple of sought after viola players!

After a short welcome talk by the head of the Academy, Charles Sewart, the external musicians accompanied by 16 of the Purcell pupils dispersed to find their room for the morning.


The returning Jubilee Quartet, Purcell instrumental teachers Charles Sewart and Pal Banda and I worked with groups whose repertoire ranged from Haydn string quartets to Dvorak piano quartets. In the Recital Room one quartet had the opportunity to play Shostakovich’s most famous quartet, No.8, under the tutelage of Garfield Jackson who is incidentally rehearsing the piece himself with the Endellion Quartet. As this was the first session it saw many new combinations of pupils playing together as quartets for the first time. This meant that the pupils had to really focus on keeping in time and in tune with each other whilst blending their individual tones in order to create a unified sound.

The coaching and the morning break time cakes were enjoyed by all. Now that the groups have gotten to know each other a bit better, the pupils can look forward to rapidly building up their repertoire of Chamber Music at the same time as learning the skills to progress as ensemble players.