String Ensembles

Run by Tanja Goldberg, Elsa Cusido, Sheena McKenzie and Fiona Nisbett

These ensembles are smaller chamber groups (3 -8 players) of students from the same orchestra coached by one of our specialist teachers. Children who wish to join one of these ensembles will be put into groups according to their age, ability and space availability. String ensembles are available for children from the Preparatory First Orchestra standard and above. An assessment is required to be part of any ensemble.

Chamber music or ensemble playing is a vital part of a child’s musical education. It is music making without a conductor and gives students the crucial skills of listening and communicating with other players. With the help of their chamber music coach, students learn the craft and skill of holding a tempo or pulse and adapting intonation and style of playing to their fellow musicians.

Children who join a YMC ensemble will stay with this group for the entire academic year and will have the opportunity to perform in various national festivals in that formation.

YMC ensembles have been first prize winners in the North London and Spring Grove festivals for many years.