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ConCorda Chamber Music Course for Strings

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, it was unfortunately not be possible to go ahead with our plans to hold ConCorda as a residential course in Waterford in 2021. We very much hope to return to Newtown next year but for the time being safety is our first priority.

We were however, excited to be able to return to some face-to-face activity this year and we were able to hold a non-residential ConCorda across multiple sites from the 26 – 31 July.

We set up ConCorda centres in Cork and Dublin, and activities were as close to a regular year at ConCorda as possible, with participants taking part in small chamber ensembles, a chamber orchestra, and creative expression sessions, all tutored by our Artistic Staff. The course culminated in a series of performances, filmed and these will be streamed on Zoom.

Eligibilty and application procedures will remain the same and can be found here.

ConCorda is an exciting international chamber music course for young string musicians supported by the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and The Arts Council. Founded by the late Hugh and Tricia Maguire, ConCorda is now in its 26th year and provides a rare platform for students from fourteen years upwards to discover and explore all aspects of string chamber music in a non-competitive and inspiring environment.

The course, hosted this year in Newtown School in Waterford, offers an inspiring and transforming musical experience in chamber music, string orchestra and music improvisation. Participants study chamber music intensively at a high level with a staff of Irish and international tutors.

As well as members of the prestigious Irish Chamber Orchestra, tutors have included renowned violinist, Marc Danel, the award-winning French quartet Quatuor Varese and Oscar Valsecchi, an actor and mime artist, who is in much demand across Europe’s most exciting theatre companies.

During the course students:

  • Develop ensemble awareness, techniques and skills through working with other advanced string players from Ireland and abroad
  • Participate in daily lunchtime concerts
  • Receive professional coaching and direction in preparation for a public concert
  • Participate in daily improvisation and rhythm workshops, exploring music through composing and body movement
  • Rehearse and perform with the ConCorda String Orchestra
  • Build relationships with their colleagues by participating in a wide range of extra sport, social and leisure activities

Inspirit from ConCorda 2013 20th Anniversary

Heinrich Biber’s Battalia à 10 from ConCorda ReImagined 2020