Cherwell Chamber Music helps adult string players make the transition from playing on their own to making music in an ensemble.
Some adults played string instruments at school, and then decide to return to them after a long gap.
Others start playing as adults with no previous musical experience.
Most people who take up an instrument are attracted by the idea of making beautiful music, and the necessary hours of individual practice can seem dauntingly far from this dream!
However, it is not only possible, but also desirable, to start acquiring the necessary skills for ensemble playing while still in the early stages of learning the instrument. That way you can start experiencing the real joy of music making right away.
Cherwell Chamber Music offers various opportunities for learning these skills in ensembles ranging in size from duos, trios and quartets up to a small string orchestra.
Playing with ease
Cherwell Chamber Music is run by Marion Crombie, violin and viola player and teacher.
Marion trained on the viola at the Robert Schumann Konservatorium in Dusseldorf, and at the Royal College of Music in London. She has been teaching since 1972, combining this with playing in various orchestras and chamber ensembles and raising three children. She combines freelance playing with teaching both in the UK and in the US. She loves teaching adult beginners, either individually or in groups. She also loves to help people understand and enjoy music theory by relating it to the music they are playing.
One of her passions is to introduce students to the joy of playing in groups, and this led to the co-founding of Navarro River String Camp, which has been running in the US since 2004.
Marion is also a teacher of the Alexander Technique, a technique that is widely used by musicians who are looking for greater ease and fluency in their playing.