magdalen farm


visiting musicians

Some of the visiting musicians who have contributed to previous courses

Miranda Rutter - Methera

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Andy Tweed - saxophonist

Andy is a very experienced workshop provider for both saxophone playing and improvisation. He is regularly booked to give workshops across the UK for adults and children alike and he organises a regular event, the South West Saxophone Day at Wells Cathedral School. In 2005 he was the artistic director of the British Saxophone Congress.

Zoë Schwarz, singer - visiting jazz workshop with Rob Koral, guitarist

Zoë and Rob's musical partnership has been going strong for many years. They have covered a lot of musical ground, initially performing in local wine-bars and progressing quickly to established gigs such as Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express-Dean Street, Stables-Wavendon, Lighthouse-Poole and many festivals.

Vlad Maistorovivi - violinist and composer

Vlad performs regularly with the Maistorovici Trio in the company of cellist Pau Codina and pianist Diana Ionescu, and with the Mercury 4tet, an ensemble that dedicates its time to 20th Century and contemporary repertoire. Vlad plays a Gagliano violin from the collection of the Royal College of Music. He visited Magdalen Farm Strings 2009 for two days to work with our students on compositions inspired by the local landscape.

Genevieve Wilkins - percussionist

Genevieve is an Australian born freelance percussionist who visited in 2013

Laurence Hill - percussionist

Laurence Hill and his partner came to Magdalen Farm Strings 2017 for a brilliant African drumming session.   Everyone joined in with huge enthusiasm.

See   for more information about Laurence and his work.

Chas Dickie – cello and improvisation

Chas Dickie has been involved in mixing and matching all genres of music since the 60s. He has played blues in Mongolia, taken improvisation classes for young orchestral players in Colombia, played electric cello for forty years, and has recently written seven string quartet pieces. Chas led an improvisation session at our 2019 course.