The Pro-Am workshops have been going for three of the Adam Chamber Music Festivals now and have become an increasingly popular part of the 10 day event, giving amateur string players the chance to play quartets with the pros. This year they were working on Mozart’s Dissonance Quartet, with coaches Justine Cormack, Rebecca Struthers, Victoria Jaenecke, and our own CEO, Euan Murdoch. There were 12 participants in total – 3 to each instrumental part – and one of them was Rowena Cullen, Associate Dean for Research at Victoria University Business School. Rowena picked up the violin again after the kids left home, and now plays in the second violins of the Wellington Chamber Orchestra. She describes her weekend…
Sunday 3 Feb – From Rowena Cullen
The ProAm went very well. Enthusiastic group of amateur players from Christchurch, Nelson and Wellington, and the tutors were fantastic. We felt we improved dramatically during the two days, and will take many new ideas and techniques home with us. (As well as an in-depth understanding of the ‘Dissonance’. ) And we had a large enthusiastic audience, as well.
We all greatly enjoyed hearing the quartet played by the Penderecki Quartet on the first morning, and again last night. They are a great quartet, and play with great technical finesse and passion, but the two events were totally different experiences! It’s wonderful to be ‘with’ a quartet when they play.