Musicians tutored by award-winning string quartet

A total of 13 young Worcestershire musicians received world-class teaching from the Carducci String Quartet at Huntingdon Hall in Worcester recently.

The free one-hour masterclass was given to Severn Arts pupils – who are members of Worcestershire Youth String Orchestra (WYSO) and Worcestershire Youth Orchestra (WYO) – by internationally renowned musicians Matthew Denton, Michelle Fleming, Eoin Schmidt-Martin and Emma Denton.

Following the masterclass, the students were then given an amazing one-off opportunity to perform with the Carducci Quartet to Huntingdon Hall’s packed audience. The music performed by the students were pieces they had been working on beforehand and for which they had received coaching in the masterclass.

Student Hannah Whitten said: “I had such an amazing experience. The workshop was fantastic and then to listen to the Carducci Quartet play and actually perform in the same concert as the Carducci Quartet was truly inspirational.”

Matthew Denton, Carducci String Quartet, said: “The young musicians from Severn Arts were a pleasure to work with. They really responded to us, which came over in their tremendous performance in the concert.”

Ian Hattersley, Severn Arts Deputy Director of Learning, added: “This was a wonderful opportunity for our students. Receiving coaching from the quartet and playing with them was such an invaluable experience, and listening and watching them perform, with so much life and energy, will have undoubtably inspired our young musicians.”

The Carducci String Quartet masterclass was organised by Worcester Concert Club in partnership with Severn Arts. It was the first in a series of three combined masterclasses and concerts planned across the next three years.

Photo caption: Severn Arts’ students receiving training from the Carducci String Quartet. From left to right: Eoin Schmidt-Martin (Carducci), Emma Denton (Carducci), Michelle Fleming (Carducci), Thea Wilson (Severn Arts), Barbara Dunn (Worcester Concert Club), Hannah Whitten (Severn Arts) and Matthew Denton (Carducci).