composing for string quartet


Our inaugural course, running from April to May 2021, will focus on writing a piece for the award-winning Carducci String Quartet. You will compose at your own pace with mentors led by internationally renowned composer and arranger Joe Duddell. 


The unique course design, with content tailored around your availability, provides a mix of group and 1:1 sessions, interactive workshops and recordings with highly experienced musicians.


Whilst our courses are suited to undergraduate/postgraduate students, we readily welcome composers of any age, experience, style and genre, eager to enhance their composition portfolio.

The course includes:

  • Group sessions on string quartet repertoire and string writing techniques

  • Ongoing individual sessions with your composition mentor

  • Group forum on producing professional scores and parts

  • Interactive play-through of your ideas with The Carducci Quartet including feedback from the players and mentors

  • Public online performance + recording of your composition

  • 3 of the final works will then be selected by the Quartet to be included in their forthcoming live performance schedule



Educational group bookings very welcome - discounted pricing for 8+ students available on request