Advanced String Chamber Music

Sunday 30 July – Saturday 5 August 2017

Explore the classic string chamber music repertoire with guidance from the Endellion Quartet’s David Waterman. You will be immersed in music making but also have time to relax in this idyllic retreat in SW France.

Tutor: David Waterman

N.B. We are very sad that David Angel, who was scheduled to take this course, died suddenly in mid April. He was a much loved tutor at Cubertou, providing excellent tuition and inspiration to all players on the course (as well as entertaining us as raconteur), he shall be greatly missed.

We are extremely fortunate that David Waterman is able to take the course and look forward to welcoming him to Cubertou.

Advanced String Chamber Music is for adult players…

  • string players and pianist level A and P (ABRSM Grade 8+)
  • pre-formed groups AND individual players welcome
  • the course is limited to maximum 16 players

For an explanation of standard levels click here…

Prices

Please see Accommodation for details

Course Participant:  [includes tuition, meals and wine with supper]
950€ – Single Room
745€ – Shared Twin Room
745€ – Cubertou Bell Tent (sole occupant)
545€ – Bring your own Tent

Non Participant companion:  [includes meals and wine with supper]
545€ – Shared Twin Room

The Course

Repertoire will be selected from our extensive library, from trios to octets. We welcome requests from participants and will accommodate these if possible.

There are three coached sessions each day: two in the morning (with coffee break) and the third between afternoon tea and pre-supper drinks.

Afternoon is free time (pool, walks, ad-hoc playing etc.) We make our own entertainment at Cubertou and there is opportunity for ad-hoc playing after supper.

We can arrange hire of instruments from a local music shop, please contact us for details.

Arrival/Departure

Please arrive mid afternoon/early evening on the Sunday.

Please see Getting To Cubertou

On the first evening supper will be when all guest have arrived – usually 21:00 (20:00 UK time). Light refreshments will be provided before then.

The course ends after breakfast on the Saturday. We can provide a light packed lunch for your journey.

Tutor – David Waterman

I was born into a musical family in Leeds. My mother is a pianist and teacher, and one of my earliest memories is of crawling under the piano and grabbing her ankles while she practised Brahms 2nd piano concerto. My father, a solicitor, adored music and was an excellent violinist and Wendy and Ruth, my two sisters, were truly prodigious at piano and violin respectively so music was being practised all around me. After false starts with the piano and the violin I discovered the cello at the age of nine, and was relieved that no-one within the family was qualified to teach me. For most of my teens I was determined not to play music professionally. I studied philosophy for six years at Trinity College, Cambridge, where I became a Research Scholar, was awarded MA and PhD degrees, and ended up as a tutor to philosophy undergraduates. At the same time I studied cello privately with Martin Lovett, William Pleeth and Jane Cowan, and having immersed myself in quartet-playing “for fun”, began to feel the irresistible urge to pursue it professionally, despite my teenage resolutions. Most of my twenties were spent trying to make up for all the practising I didn’t do as a teenager.

The Endellions started in 1979 and apart from the quartet I have also enjoyed performing chamber music with many other musicians including members of the former Amadeus Quartet, and the Belcea, Chilingirian and Elias Quartets, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joshua Bell, Imogen Cooper, Jeremy Denk, Isabelle Faust, Julia Fischer, Philippe Graffin, Bruno Guiranna, Ivry Gitlis, Lukacs Hagen, Steven Isserlis, Stephen Kovacevic, Pekka Kuusisto, Mark Padmore, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Denes Varjon, Sandor Vegh, and Tabea Zimmerman.

I also love to teach both cello and chamber music and have taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall, and the Menuhin Academy at Gstaad. For ten years I was co-director with Joyce Rathbone of the Rathbone-Dickson course at Westonbirt, and I coach chamber music for ChamberStudio at King’s Place, London. I have also taught for IMUSE in Enghien Belgium and for the Britten-Pears Foundation in Aldeburgh. For over eighteen years I have taught regularly for IMS at Prussia Cove. It is one of my favourite places on earth: I have been going for a week or two twice each year almost every year since 1976 either as a student, player or teacher. I have taught classes in cello, the string quartet, and the piano in chamber music. In July 2012, I gave a master-class at Wigmore Hall as part of the celebrations of IMS’s 40th anniversary and I have also participated in two IMS Tours.

I sometimes participate as an individual in chamber music festivals such as in Wigmore Hall London, Oxford, Sheffield, Belgium, Mumbai, St Nazaire and others and I have been asked to curate a chamber music series at The Venue, Leeds.

I contributed a chapter on quartet-playing to the “Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet” ed. Robin Stowell (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and have had articles published in The Guardian, Strad Magazine, Philosophy in Cambridge, Quodlibet and other publications. Most recently, I wrote a long article on music education for string players, which was published by Strad magazine.

I am very fortunate to play on a wonderful cello by J.B. Guadagnini which I jointly own and share with my great friend, Steven Isserlis.

Food

Superb home cooking and local wines are provided and refreshments are served throughout the day. All meals and refreshments, including wine, are included in the course price. We welcome vegans, veggies and meat eaters. We can cater for some (but not all) allergies and intolerances, please discuss these with us before booking.

Booking

Please contact us with any questions or fill in an online application form, we shall then get back to you to confirm acceptance of your application and send you payment information.