Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 ‘Aspiration through Inspiration’ instrumental Masterclasses

Calling all aspiring young violinists! Ruth Rogers, the leader of the London Mozart Players, has a wealth of experience in solo, orchestral and chamber music playing. She grew up in Dorset and was Co-Leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 2008 until 2012. Ruth loves to inspire young people and has an infectious enthusiasm for music making.

Alongside our Hub Partner SoundStorm Music Agency, we are once again able to create a safe setting and present some more highly quality masterclass days, this time with distinguished musicians Ruth Rogers (Leader of London Mozart Players) and Chris Avison (BSO principal trumpet).
We are excited to resume this ‘Aspiration through Inspiration’ series of specialist instrument days again at Merley House and early application is advisable to avoid disappointment as places need to be strictly limited.
The days will include opportunity for short solo or duet masterclasses as well as an opportunity to learn in a small ensemble with Ruth and other young musicians. The days will be fun and incredibly musically enriching, and a chance to get back on track with your wonderful music making..
If you choose to take part in the solo or duet masterclass, you will need to scan your accompanist music to us in advance.

Thursday 15th April – Ruth Rogers will take a day of fun and varied level masterclasses for all levels of violinists. Each class will last approximately 2 hours.
Accompanist: Duncan Honeybourne

SUNDAY 18th April (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FOR REASONS OUT OF OUR CONTROL) Chris Avison will take a day of trumpet workshops and opportunity to take part in a solo masterclass.
Accompanist: Susan Avison

SUBJECT TO CHANGE, depending on the smooth covid road map.

Look out for our annual Summer School details: 26th -28th July 2021 at Yarrells School for orchestral instruments only. This will be enriching, sociable and the young musicians will gain input from highly qualified and the most inspiring music tutors during the 3 days will a show case at the end. This will be held at Yarrells School, Upton again since last year’s popularity for the facilities and beautiful out door space.


CLICK HERE to see video taken by SoundStorm of a taster from Masterclass No 2 with distinguished cellist Joely Koos.
Enjoy and gain music inspiration with the distinguished violinist Catherine Martin and cellist Joely Koos.

We are delighted to collaborate with SoundStorm Music Education Agency this autumn in the start of an exciting musical journey with visiting inspiring artists.

We begin this autumn with two half-term days full of socially distanced masterclasses, learning more about performance, with array of musical input so that the young musicians can grow in musicianship and gain new knowledge and specialism in their art. And hopefully go home hungry for more!

Date: Wednesday 28th October 10.00am -3.30pm
Venue: Merley House, WIMBORNE, BH21 3AA
Cost to participate: £20

Catherine Martin, who visited us with a recital and workshop in September is back to share more knowledge with a small group of young violinists from grade 7 upwards. There will be opportunity to learn through solo masterclasses and gain knowledge about historical performance which is Catherine’s specialism. Repertoire can include Baroque to Beethoven in these classes and she will bring a variety of her instrument and bow collection.
Spaces are limited and places will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

Helen Nicholas will be the accompanist. Helen is originally from Broadstone and is now very much in demand in London as a piano teacher and performer. She is an accompanist for Royal Academy of Music auditions.


During these difficult times, Covid risk assessment and precautions are essential and this information will be available to everyone who participates.

BIO: CAtherine martin

Born and brought up in Broadstone, Catherine began playing the violin at the
age of 4. Her post school studies led to a degree in music at Oxford
University and the Advanced Solo Studies postgraduate course at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she first became interested in
historical performance. Catherine is now the leader of the Gabrieli Consort and Players, which specialises in music between 1600 and 1850. Her freelance career also takes her abroad as a guest leader with a variety of orchestras, ranging from 8 to 250 players.

In 2012 Catherine was invited by Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth
Symphony Orchestra to coach the players on baroque and classical
repertoire. She also runs regular weekend workshops and concert
performances with amateur baroque orchestras and modern chamber
orchestras who wish to know more about the field of historical performance.
Catherine has recently taught masterclasses at Hong Kong Baptist University
and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and she teaches historical
violin and viola d’amore at the Royal College of Music in London.

Catherine Martin with violin
Catherine Martin


Venue: Merley House, WIMBORNE, BH21 3AA
Cost to participate: £20

Enjoy a special musical journey on your cello with Joely. Gain inspiration, fun and endless musical possibilities in a socially distanced setting. Develop your musicianship with Joely who we are delighted can join us during these difficult times. It will include solo masterclasses on any piece that you are currently working on and many group activities!
Spaces will be limited and so will be offered on a first come first serve basis.


Joely Koos with Cello

Like Charlie, Joely dreamt of owning a chocolate factory as a child, but realised that her true love was the cello at the age of 9. Having musical parents was a bit like being in the circus and inevitably she was drawn into the family business!

Joely now pursues a varied musical career as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral principal. Performing as Principal with the English Symphony Orchestra, and co-principal with the City of London Sinfonia and the London
Chamber Orchestra, she also records in the studio and won a Grammy for backing Amy Winehouse on “Rehab”. For the last twenty years Joely has very much enjoyed being professor of
Cello at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She is a co-founder and tutor of “Cello
Dynamo” – a residential course for young cellists – and is regularly invited to give masterclasses at the London Cello Society. Most recently Joely has just taken up a post of cello teacher at Eton College. For relaxation Joely likes to play her cello and sing at the same time – it feels a bit like juggling. But her favourite moments are when she can share music-making with her husband and two children….. the family business is going strong!