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International Musicians Seminar

Outreach Projects

IMS Prussia Cove: Inspiring Young Musicians

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