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Purbeck Strings Fine Instrument Awards

For grade 5 and above standard students. Beautiful handmade instruments for more expressive performance.

Available free of charge to students who participate in Purbeck Strings events.

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Purbeck Strings is a music charity aiming to make music accessible to all.

Susan Stanford the artistic director had the musical vision to create an opportunity for string players of all ages and abilities to play together alongside professionals.
Purbeck Strings have developed an annual programme of events of which the March Purbeck Strings Festival is the centrepiece.

To accommodate players of all abilities Purbeck Strings major initiative is to commission the composition of new music.

2006  March Purbeck Strings Festival - Songs and Dances of Spring  (world premiere) composed by Ian Pillow a local composer, conductor and member of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra viola section.

2007 March Purbeck Strings Festival  -Blues for a Blue Earth (world premiere) composed by Mike Westbrook of international fame in the jazz world.

2008 March Purbeck Strings Festival Going for Baroque

2009 March Purbeck Strings Festival Romantic Strings-Rhapsody (world premiere) by Sally Beamish

At the heart of the Festival is the professional London based Stanford Quartet who provide inspiration during their visits for regular Quartet Concerts and a high level of tuition when coaching on the String Quartet Course.


The Purbeck Festival Strings Deck Chair Concert on the town promenade is becoming a high profile part of the Swanage Carnival.



Purbeck Strings has its sights set on raising the profile of local string players and has taken another large step forward in achieving its goals thanks to a generous award from the Talbot Village Trust. The award has enabled Purbeck String to purchase a set of fine instruments that will be loaned to talented young musicians in the area. All the young string players who are offered the opportunity to borrow a fine instrument will have already proved their commitment by achieving at least a grade 5 standard   (making them a credit to themselves and their teachers). The instruments they borrow will be expressive enough to allow them to more easily reach higher levels and create the quality of sound needed for advanced performance.

Four talented young players will be offered the opportunity of borrowing the instruments that will be presented to them at a reception on the last day of Purbeck Strings Autumn Quartet Course.

2015 Instrument Loan Scheme Awards

Christopher Berry violin, Zoe Stiby violin, Amber Stiby viola Bonnie Schwarz, cello.


Music and CD library

Thanks to an award from the Talbot Village Trust, Purbeck Strings has been able to build a fantastic new resource for string players that is a library of music for string quartets, quintets and octets. Purbeck string players can now try out music that would be normally difficult for them to obtain. The music library is complemented by the recent generous donation, from a Friend of Purbeck Strings, of a CD library that includes recordings for most of the great string quartets with complete recordings of classical quartets by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven as well as a wide range of romantic and modern period compositions. Both libraries will be ready to be used by the time of the Purbeck Strings Quartet Course in October.


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