Bath Strings Academy - Music Education For All

by Michelle Falcon & Ruth O'Shea in Bath, Somerset, England

We did it
On 17th June 2018 we successfully raised £5,810 with 63 supporters in 42 days

We need your help to inspire musicians young and old; we're raising funds to finance exciting musical opportunities for all.

by Michelle Falcon & Ruth O'Shea in Bath, Somerset, England


Musical mentoring for 

minors & majors

Who are we?

Bath Strings Academy (BSA) are a not-for-profit Community Interest Company* and we are on a mission to do something wonderful for our growing community of musicians. 

BSA was set up by two professional string players, passionate about chamber music and the provision of high quality and inclusive music education. The aim of BSA is to support and grow the community of string players within Bath and the surrounds, providing affordable musical opportunities to players of all backgrounds, whilst working alongside the current Local Authority provision. With current finances squeezed, BSA aims to complement the current Local Authority offering, filling the gaps that cannot be met due to insufficient budgets, whilst still feeding musicians back into the county system and nationally.

Bath Strings Academy provides specialised music training for string players of all ages, levels and backgrounds. We believe in the power of music to change lives. In our series of workshops and holiday courses, we nurture excellence through our innovative teaching methods, whilst promoting confidence, focus, friendship and a love of music. BSA believes passionately in the potential of every individual.

Our Vision

Bath Strings Academy aspires to:

  • Build a supportive and aspirational community of players rooted in the locality, with solid links within the teaching profession and also with local professional players.    
  • Unite players of different ages and experience levels in order to provide leadership opportunities, drive ambition and promote sustainability.
  • Bring together public and private sectors.
  • Break down financial barriers to participation.  
  •  Promote music-making of the highest order.
  • Raise the profile of music-making within the local area and nationally.
  • Safeguard music education for the next generation.


Our Projects

This year we need to raise funding for three ambitious projects:

  •  A huge inter-generational BBC Ten Pieces project involving all types of orchestral instrumentalists where we will have young players from the age of six upwards playing alongside members of our local Symphony Orchestra, supported by professional tutors, student mentors and rehearsed for the day by professional conductor, Eugene Monteith. 
  •  A project involving the Villiers String Quartet, who will be the professional coaches for our chamber music course on BSA 3 day summer school.  Opportunities for state school children to play chamber music are sadly lacking in our area and this is something that BSA would like to redress by providing inspiring musical experiences from visiting professionals.
  • A long-term plan to put our workshops into local schools to encourage, develop and inspire music-making of the highest order, whilst also providing work placement and Leadership & Mentoring opportunities for university students and young professionals.

We need to raise in excess of £6000 to support this work.

What your money will be used for:

  • To fund professional, high-calibre and inspirational coaches; specifically the Villiers String Quartet for our summer school, the professional conductor for our Ten Pieces Project and professional staff for our schools workshops.
  • To fund bursaries for students who, for whatever reason, would be unable to attend our courses without financial assistance.
  • To help subsidise our venue costs so that we can make our course prices affordable to all.

Bursary Fund:

BSA provides free and subsidised places to students who, for whatever reason, would otherwise be unable to attend our courses. 

  • £140 will fully fund a bursary place for a student on our Main Strand of Summer Academy**
  • £240 will fully fund a bursary place for a student on our Chamber Music Strand of Summer Academy**
  • £40 will fully fund a bursary place for a student attending a full day workshop**
  • £20 will fully fund a bursary place for a student attending a half day workshop**

**Monies for bursaries will be held in a separate account. If you would like your pledge to specifically support a bursary, we are happy to name the bursary place after you as an individual or as a company. Please contact us with this request.

We hope that what we achieve here in our locality will have a butterfly effect later on down the line in yours; so, if we manage to inspire a young musician here at BSA, in a few years time, they may well become your own local Music Teacher, Artistic Director or celebrity musical hero!

Photo: 'Sowing the Seeds', our first ever Junior String Quartet achieving success at our local Music Festival.


Pledge Benefits

As professional musicians and teachers ourselves, we have extensive experience in playing for concerts and events alongside professional colleagues, as well as passing on our experience in an education setting. Depending on the pledge amount you can receive a variety of rewards: 

  • Sponsorship credits with business logo on our website & summer academy programme.
  • Violin/viola lessons.
  •  A workshop observation day.
  • Full day and half day workshop places for string players.
  •  Gift merchandise; badges, t-shirts, bags & mugs featuring our 'Mind Body Music' strap line.
  •  VIP evening showcase and concert event.
  •  Provision of a professional string duo, trio or quartet playing background music for your private event - wedding, anniversary, party or corporate evening.
  • A private concert by our professional string trio.
  • Chamber music coaching sessions for your ensemble.
  • A bespoke workshop day for your local string group.

If you are unable to contribute monetarily right now, we understand! We urge you to help us by sharing our work on social media and by asking people to get the word out and make some noise about our Crowdfunder campaign.

Further information:

Website: www.bathstringsacademy.org

Follow us on Facebook & Twitter @BathStringsAcad

*Bath Strings Academy is registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) Number 11357423

Gallery


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Photo: Bath Strings Academy first ever field trip when we went to see Nicola Benedetti playing the Elgar Violin Concerto with Bath Philharmonia. We arranged for the children to meet with Ms Benedetti and ask her some questions prior to the concert. One of our young cellists described the experience as "the best day of my life!"

Photo: Bodies in Action!

Photo: our bodies in action, having fun whilst listening to and warming-up to music

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Photo: Bath Strings Academy 'Chamber Music in Numbers' Day

Photo: engaging our minds, music-making builds focused concentration

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Photo: Participants of our 'Tasty Bite of Pop Music' workshop, working out their rhythms led by one of our Senior Leader & Mentors (a university undergraduate music student)

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Photo: our young teenagers playing a Mozart String Quartet

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Photo: Bodies in Balance, a physical warm-up session led by one our Senior Leader & Mentors

Photo: one of our senior cellists focusing hard as she takes part in playing Borodin's String Quartet in D

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Photo: one of our six year old participants at her very first string group experience; she left wanting more and has been back to every suitable workshop ever since. And she has even rearranged her 7th Birthday Party so that she doesn't miss out on our next workshop!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Our Thanks & A Warm Glow

Our Thanks & A Warm Glow in the knowledge that you have helped to provide exciting musical experiences for budding musicians.

£10 or more

A Big Thank You

A Big Thank You & A Warm Glow. We'll list your name as a Supporter on our website.

£23 or more

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Bath Strings Academy Badge

We'll send you our limited edition badge, with our custom 'B' Bath Strings Academy logo. We'll list your name on our website as a valued Supporter.

£30 or more

BSA 'Mind Body Music' Tote Bag

Receive one of our coloured Tote Bags made with ethically produced cotton and hand screen printed by our local Bath-based company 'Memory Screen', with our 'Mind Body Music' strap line. A thank you acknowledgement on our website.

£35 or more

BSA 'Mind Body Music' Mug

Receive our Bath Strings Academy 'Mind Body Music' Mug, printed in full colour. A thank you acknowledgement on our website.

£40 or more

BSA 'Mind Body Music' T-Shirt

Receive one of our BSA 'Mind Body Music' T-shirts, available in a variety of colours and sizes and hand screen printed by our local Bath-based supplier, 'Memory Screen.' A thank you acknowledgement on our website.

£45 or more

Workshop Observation + gift Mug/Bag/T-shirt

Come along to observe what we get up to on one of our workshop days and stay for our end of workshop concert. Break refreshments included. Bring a packed lunch if you are staying for a whole day. Receive a choice of one of our Bath Strings Academy 'Mind Body Music' mug, bag or T-shirt. A thank you acknowledgement on our website.

£50 or more

Half day workshop + gift T-shirt/Bag

Entrance to a half day workshop, plus a choice of either Bath Strings Academy 'Mind Body Music' gift T-shirt or Tote bag. Gift the experience to yourself, friend or family member and use it anytime up until May 2020. A thank you acknowledgement on our website.

£75 or more

Full day workshop + gift T-shirt/Bag

Entrance to a full day workshop, plus a choice of either Bath Strings Academy 'Mind Body Music' gift T-shirt or Tote bag. Gift the experience to yourself, friend or family member and use it anytime up until May 2020. A thank you acknowledgement on our website.

£100 or more

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Violin/Viola/Cello Lesson + Workshop

One hour lesson on your violin or viola with Bath Strings Academy professional players. Come to us or pay our travel expenses for us to come to you.* Entrance to a full or half day workshop of your choice. Sponsorship credit in our summer course programme and an acknowledgement on our website. *NB For us to travel to you, students need to be located within 25 miles of Bath.

£250 or more

2 of 20 claimed

1.5 Hours Chamber Music Coaching

1.5 hours of coaching for your ensemble by Bath Strings Academy professional musicians . Suitable for duos up to octets*, located within 50 miles of Bath. Come to us or pay our travel expenses for us to come to you. A sponsorship credit in our summer school programme and an acknowledgement on our website, with your business logo. *NB Additional expenses for room hire may apply for quartets and larger.

£500 or more

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3 Hours Chamber Coaching

3 hours of coaching for your ensemble by Bath Strings Academy professional musicians. Suitable for duos up to octets*, located within 100 miles of Bath. Come to us or pay our travel expenses for us to come to you. A sponsorship credit in our summer school programme and an acknowledgement on our website. *NB Additional expenses for room hire may apply for quartets and larger.

£850 or more

1 of 15 claimed

VIP Evening with professional concert, + plus more

A Thank You invitation to attend our VIP Event (2 people) with drinks & canapés in Autumn 2018, showcasing the achievements of selected BSA students alongside a professional recital by BSA staff. Entrance to a full or half day workshop for you, a friend or family member for use until May 2020. A sponsorship credit in our summer school programme and an acknowledgement on our website (with business logo if required).

£1,000 or more

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Professional String Duo for your event, +

Provision of a professional string duo (violin&viola/ violin&cello) for your private event: up to 2 hours hire time, background music, venue within 50 miles of Bath.* Invitation to our VIP event (for 2) in 2018 - read details under £850 donation Sponsorship credit in our summer school programme & an acknowledgement on our website (with logo and reciprocal web link) *NB Specific date requirements cannot be guaranteed. Use within 2 years of 31/8/18

£1,200 or more

Bespoke Workshop Day

Provision of a tailor-made full day workshop for your local group of up to 20 string players, to be delivered anywhere in the UK*. A sponsorship credit in our summer school programme and an acknowledgement on our website, with business logo & link. *NB For locations in excess of a 150 mile radius of Bath, travel and accommodation would be charged at cost. Extra string places (up to 10) can be sold for an additional fee (see reward options).

£1,500 or more

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Professional String Trio/Quartet for your event, +

Provision of a professional string trio/quartet for your private event: up to 3 hours hire time, background music for any event within a 50 mile radius of Bath.* Invitation to our VIP event (for 2) in 2018 - read details under £850 donation. Sponsorship credit in our summer school programme & an acknowledgement on our website (with logo and reciprocal web link) *NB Specific date requirements cannot be guaranteed. Use within 2 years of 31/8/18

£2,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

String Trio/Quartet for England/Wales, +

Provision of a professional string trio/quartet for your private event: up to 3 hours hire time, background music for any event within England & South Wales.* Invitation to our VIP event (for 2) in Autumn 2018 - read details under £850 donation. Sponsorship credit in our summer school programme & an acknowledgement on our website (logo and reciprocal web link) *NB Specific date requirements cannot be guaranteed. Use within 3 years of 31/8/18.

£2,500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Private Concert +

Our professional string trio (Ruth O'Shea, Michelle Falcon & Rachel Watson) will perform a private concert for you and your guests at any venue within the UK.* Invitation to our VIP event (for 2) in Autumn 2018 - read details under £850 donation. Sponsorship credit in our summer school programme & an acknowledgement on our website (with logo and reciprocal web link). *NB Travel and accommodation in excess of 150 miles of Bath charged at cost.


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