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String quartet in Britten Theatre

Royal College of Music announces new String Quartet Fellowship

Wednesday 12 December 2018

The Royal College of Music has announced a new String Quartet Fellowship, funded by generous support from the late Albert Frost. The one year Fellowship will provide high level artists with a creative environment in which to grow, explore and establish a global network of professional contacts.

The String Quartet Fellowship will enable a flourishing string quartet the space and time to delve into the extensive repertoire and to examine the ever-changing dynamic of playing in a small chamber ensemble. They will gain experience, confidence and connections of the kind which will help to establish a professional profile, as well as developing musical understanding and artistic individuality.

The successful quartet will have access to ensemble coaching and mentoring from the RCM’s world-class professors and a significant performance profile at the College.  They will have full use of RCM resources including practice and rehearsal rooms, the RCM Library, Creative Careers Centre and other research facilities. Playing a full and active part in the musical life of the RCM, the quartet will be ambassadors for the College in the wider musical world. 

Mark Messenger, RCM Head of Strings, said: ‘I am delighted to announce this initiative, which provides an inspirational and creative home for the next generation of string quartets. They will greatly benefit from the Royal College of Music’s world-renowned coaching, mentoring and performance opportunities. The quartet will also enjoy membership of the RCM’s global community of musicians, which offers the chance to engage with diverse interpretations and experiences of the repertoire.’

The closing date for applications to the RCM String Quartet Fellowship is Monday 4 February 2019.

The RCM awards several Fellowships each year, offered competitively to experienced musicians who aspire to take their performing careers further. Find out more on the Fellowships webpage.