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Later Learner Workshop

Update 13/10: As it is very close to the course start date, we are no longer able to accept online bookings. Please contact us through or on 0141 270 8213 to enquire about availability.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and ABRSM pull together their joint expertise to enrich the skills of the amateur musician and those who teach adult string players. This workshop also offers teachers and learners the opportunity to discuss and rehearse alongside professional teachers. The day will culminate with an informal performance and reflection on the challenges and rewards of teaching adults and learning an instrument later in life.

When: Saturday 14th October 2017, 10am-4pm

Open to amateur adult string players of grade 3+ standard, who feel comfortable reading printed music and enjoy playing in an ensemble with like-minded people. It is also open to professional and trainee instrumental teachers.

The workshop is free and held at our Renfrew Street campus.


Teacher workshops

Later Learners Teachers: Violin

Later Learners Teachers: Viola

Later Learners Teachers: Cello

Later Learners Teachers: Double Bass


Amateur workshops

Later Learners Amateur: Violin

Later Learners Amateur: Viola

Later Learners Amateur: Cello

Later Learners Amateur: Double Bass

Course Leader

Bernard Docherty is a prizewinning violin graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and was for many years co-leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He is in constant demand as a guest orchestral leader at home and abroad. A former member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, he was a pioneer of the SCO’s schools’ development programme. He also led the string quartet ‘Quartz’, well known for their innovative arrangements and upbeat presentations.

Bernard has gained a reputation as a leading string coach, his main successes being the strings of the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, the strings of the RCS Junior and Senior Orchestras and various Chamber ensembles. He is also in demand as a specialist assessor and adjudicator for many instrumental competitions and prominent music festivals. He has travelled to many parts of the UK as a soloist with various ensembles.

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