CSSM summer school of music
Chamber Music is a very important facet of musical activity at CSSM, with a variety of courses available to students. There are also the many ad hoc groups which are a feature of out-of-session time (particularly in the 2pm slot left free for this kind of informal activity).
Ideally, participants should apply for Part Time courses with pre-formed ensembles, although it may be possible to assist by putting players in touch with one another. Full Time courses will be for pre-formed ensembles only.
String Chamber Music
The Coull Quartet:
Roger Coull violin Philip Gallaway violin Jonathan Barritt viola Nicholas Roberts cello
String Chamber Music can be enjoyed Part Time in Session 1, Part Time in Sessions 2 and 3, or Full Time. Also, within the possibilities of the wider course, we delight in being flexible with our timetable - so we hope to accommodate particular requirements in our Bespoke course, perhaps full time but of a reduced length or part time but with no involvement in other courses at CSSM. Please contact the Director to discuss the possibilities if this type of scheduling might suit you.
Most participants apply as Quartets, but Trios, Quintets, Sextets and other chamber groups (with piano, for example) are equally welcome and can also be formed during the week with other students, in and out of coached sessions. Players are free to choose their own repertoire, and should bring parts and miniature scores of the works they wish to study.
The Coull Quartet has performed and broadcast extensively worldwide. In the UK the Quartet has appeared at most of the major music societies and festivals, and gives an annual series of recitals at the renowned Warwick Arts Centre, where it is the University’s Quartet-in-Residence. The Coull Quartet currently records for Somm Records, and their extensive discography includes the complete Schubert quartets and the complete Mendelssohn quartets. Their recording of Robert Simpson’s Quartets Nos. 10 and 11 was highly recommended by the New York Times. The Coull’s disc of quartets by Maw and Britten was ‘Editor’s Choice’ in The Gramophone and was described as the ‘Benchmark Recording’ by BBC Music Magazine.