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International Musicians Seminar

Outreach Projects

IMS Prussia Cove: South West Tour 2018

6th - 10th November

Supported by Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

The IMS Prussia Cove South West Tour provides an opportunity for us to offer concerts in new areas across Cornwall, working with Carn to Cove to bring our work to smaller and community venues to reach new audiences. The concerts are presented to appeal to all audiences and we welcome people who are new to classical music as well as seasoned attendees.

This year, we bring together four internationally-acclaimed musicians to perform an intimate evening of chamber music. New Orleans violinist Jenna Sherry is a renowned young chamber musician as well as Artistic Director of the Birdfoot Festival, Hungarian-German violinist Susanne Schäffer, is an international prize-winner, distinguished violist Garfield Jackson is a founding member of the Endellion String Quartet and James Barralet is a British cellist, festival director and composer. Alongside four public concerts, the group are also pleased to offer two concerts in local schools - bringing our tradition of excellence to young people.


Mozart: Duo for Violin and Viola in B flat major, K.424
Kodály Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op.12
Dvořák: String Quartet No.13 in G major, Op.106


Jenna Sherry, violin
Susanne Schäffer, violin
Garfield Jackson, viola
James Barralet, cello


Tuesday 6th November: Church of St. Mary and St. Julian, Maker, 7.30pm
Wednesday 7th November, Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, 8pm
Friday 9th November: The Centre, Newlyn, 7.30pm
Saturday 10th November: Lelant Village Hall, 7.30pm


Tickets: or by telephone: 01726 879500

Free tickets available for children and young people aged 8-25, thanks to support from the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

Previous projects

Inspiring Young Musicians: January 2018

An exciting new education project in collaboration with South West Music School, MusicAbility CIC and Cornwall Music Education Hub

Supported by Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne

This collaborative project offered 21 talented young students from South West Music School the opportunity to work with IMS Prussia Cove musicians during a residential weekend in Cornwall, followed by a public concert at CAST in Helston and a series of concerts in primary and secondary schools in the local area. We are very grateful to Maria Włoszczowska (violin), Amarins Wierdsma (violin), Tim Boulton (viola) and Matthew Huber (cello) for their inspiring work both as coaches and performers.

An extremely busy weekend was characterised by energy and enthusiasm from all involved, creating an inspirational environment dedicated to musical development. The structure of the project enabled both in-depth study with a selected group of talented students and the opportunity to reach a further 900 young people through schools concerts. An intimate public concert allowed students to gain valuable performance experience, and the opportunity to hear their coaches perform, as well as bringing our work to a wider audience. Preparation for an ambitious series of schools concerts gave students training in leadership and presentation skills, as well as deeper insight into both the works studied and the art of performance.

Feedback from teachers, students, IMS musicians and partner organisations has been extraordinarily positive, and we are delighted with the success of this pilot outreach project. It has been especially rewarding to observe so many different strands and levels of musical learning within one project, and to see the collaborative spirit of IMS Prussia Cove passed on to younger players, inspiring new generations of musicians.

Facts and Figures

  • Hours of coaching: 20
  • Number of works studied: 15
  • Number of concerts: 11 (1 in-house, 1 public, 9 in schools)
  • IMS Prussia Cove musicians: 4
  • South West Music School students: 21
  • Student age range: 12 - 19 years old
  • Geographical reach: students from Somerset, Devon and Cornwall
  • Number of schools visited: 9
  • School locations: across West Cornwall
  • Students in primary and secondary schools: 900
  • Age ranges: 3 -11 years old (primary schools), 14 - 18 years old (GCSE and A-level)
  • Public audience: 60