undefinedThe Primrose Piano Quartet was formed in 2004 by pianist John Thwaites and three of the UK's most renowned chamber musicians (Lindsay, Sorrel, Edinburgh, Maggini Quartets). It is named after the great Scottish violist, William Primrose, who himself played in the Festival Piano Quartet.

Course for pre-formed piano quartets, quintets, trios; string groups also welcome!


Resident: £369 Non-Resident: £270 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 23/274.

Booking for Members opens at 11am on Monday 27 February 2023.

Non-Member and online booking opens at 11am on Monday 27 March 2023.

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.

What is the course about?

We are delighted to welcome back the Primrose Piano Quartet, featuring Benslow Music regulars Susanne Stanzeleit, Dorothea Vogel, Andrew Fuller and John Thwaites. This flexible course is open to pre-formed string or string and piano groups from trios upwards (individuals welcome if we can match you with others) for conventional coaching and/or working as an expanded group with a Primrose member. Duos can be accommodated on request. 

Tutor website: http://primrosepianoquartet.org.uk/

What will we cover?

The repertoire you bring, either in the form of a tutored session or in a session with a Primrose member coaching from the instrument, having joined/expanded the existing group.

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Play your chosen works at a more accomplished level, have gained more knowledge about relevant aspects such as playing and ensemble techniques, style, interpretation, context etc.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You need to have prepared your parts so you can play them as an ensemble. A good level of experience in chamber music is very useful to make the most of this course.

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

Each group will receive a coaching session with each of the Primrose members. This can be either “straight” coaching or it can be in the form of a Primrose member joining the existing group and coaching from the instrument (i.e. a piano trio can become a piano quartet, a piano quartet a quintet, a string quintet a piano quintet etc). This adds a new level to coaching as the experience of paying with a professional can teach many aspects of playing which cannot be put into words.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Participants are requested to bring their own music as well as spare scores for the coaches. Helpful resources: IMSLP has a wide range of parts and scores. Benslow Music members may be able to hire the music from our library…

Is there anything I need to bring?

Your instruments and parts and scores for the music you wish to be coached in.

What previous participants said about this course…

A really well-structured chamber course tailored to your ensemble and coaching requests - a feast of enjoyment and inspiration!"

“An opportunity to perform great chamber music with friends in an inspiring and collaborative environment, with plentiful guidance and support from expert tutors who enable participants to improve their skills and learn how to rehearse.”