Chamber Music - "a conversation among friends"
Chamber Music is an excellent vehicle for the musical development of young musicians. It has been said the chamber music is a conversation among friends, and having one player to a part means each participant is a soloist and yet part of a greater whole at the same time.
Chamber Music Ensembles
Playing in chamber music ensembles is the backbone of the Academy programme. Ensembles are formed at the beginning of each term and rehearse five times per term, one hour with a coach and one hour independently. Every effort is made to keep the same ensembles together for the entire year.
Rehearsals take place fortnightly on Sunday afternoons starting at 13:30 and are coached by the resident tutors on a rotating basis. Guest coaches are brought in occasionally as well. Ensembles rehearse a variety of repertoire - which they are encouraged to choose themselves - and which they work toward performing in the end-of-term Ensemble Recital Day. In some instances, ensembles may be joined by the tutors for their performance.