RNCM Young Violas

RNCM Young Violas is a series of workshops led by Lucy Nolan, and featuring special guests. The aim is simple – Young Violas will provide a chance to learn about and celebrate all things viola!

Activities will vary but may include some or all of the following:

  • Viola ensemble
  • Improvisation workshops
  • Performances by professional and conservatoire violists
  • Interactive group workshops on various aspects of technique
  • Workshops on orchestral excerpts
  • Masterclasses on solo performance

Young Violas is open to all violists of school age, from beginner to post-grade 8.

Violinists wishing to try viola will also be warmly welcomed but we ask you to contact us in advance if you need help sourcing a viola to play.

All workshops are free of charge.

Upcoming Workshops

  • 15 September 2019
  • 27 October 2019
  • 23 February 2020
  • 22 March 2020
  • 3 May 2020
  • 19 July 2020

Please do join us for a chance to meet other young musicians, receive expert tuition and celebrate our wonderful instrument.

Register for Your Place

If you would like to take part please email Bryony Taylor, Music Education Administrator, at bryony.taylor@rncm.ac.uk

About Lucy Nolan

Lucy Nolan

Lucy is an enthusiastic and experienced viola tutor and currently teaches at Birmingham Conservatoire, the University of Manchester, Yorkshire Young Musicians at Leeds College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department, the University of Leeds and Pro Corda. She is an active member of the British Viola Society and has represented the BVS at the International Viola Congresses in Portugal and South Africa.

As a performer, chamber music is central to Lucy’s career and she has been a member of the award winning Eblana String Trio since its formation in 2006. As a soloist and chamber musician, Lucy has performed at notable venues including Wigmore Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, Kings Place, St. John Smith Square, and Yale University.

Aside from teaching and chamber music, Lucy is also busy as a freelance orchestral violist, performing with orchestras such as Manchester Camerata, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic.


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