Intermediate Strings course at Benslow Music Trust in Hitchin, October 22-25. In this area those dates are within the State schools' half term week.
Several players I know are going on the course, and I heard today that they could do with a couple more cellists to balance the number of violins enrolled. Details from the Benslow (Hitchin) web site below. I haven't been to Benslow myself for more than 20 years, but recent visitors that I know all seem to have enjoyed their courses there.
One of the violinists has now seen some of the music, and thinks that it could be a bit difficult for grade 3-4. I don't know if it's possible to see a sample before deciding to enrol if you are only around Grade 3 standard with little or no ensemble experience. Ensemble beginners usually need technically (and particularly rhythmically!) straightforward music while they get used to listening to anyone but themselves.
If you are interested you can ring 01462 420745 to check whether there are still places. There's more information on the Web site, including tutor biographies.
Basic information about the course from the web site:
Intermediate Strings (07/329)
Tutored by: Janet Hicks and Jen Lynch
22 - 25 October 2007 (Midweek course)
Expand your playing and ensemble experience, build confidence and enjoy yourself. Sectionals may be held in order to concentrate on technique and the music could explore keys from four flats to four sharps. Ideal for players of Grade 3 to 4 standard, with experience of shifting position on their instrument. If you would like to prepare the music please contact us. This course starts at 4.30pm on the Monday and finishes at 2pm on the Thursday.