Founded in 2015, ENF Retreat is jointly led by violinist Alexander Janiczek and ENF director Svend McEwan-Brown. It seeks to encourage, support and inspire exceptional young musicians who are already demonstrating a gift for chamber music by offering a matchless opportunity to spend time with outstanding world-class players, to learn both specific repertoire and also more general aspects of musicianship and technique that will influence their work for years to come. Here are a few comments from 2018 participants:
ENF Retreat is annual, and lasts between 6 and 10 days depending on the year. It is a chamber music seminar.
The end of the Retreat is timed to coincide with the East Neuk Festival; in 2019 ENF Retreat will run from 23-28 June inclusive.
A maximum of 10 musicians attend (numbers depend on repertoire). They are coached by and play alongside 3 to 5 senior figures (depending on the year) in the music world. Please see the details of 2018 Retreat below to get a sense of who attends and who teaches.
The course is residential and most of the sessions happen behind closed doors, but there are also 1 or 2 public concerts as part of the main ENF programme.
Participation is by invitation, but anyone who fits this brief can be proposed:
The final decision on who will be invited is made by the Retreat Director and reflects an assessment of each nominee’s suitability for the course alongside the need to strike the right balance of instruments required for the ensembles.
If you would like to nominate someone please email email@example.com giving the person’s details (including current email address), a biography, and links to video materials we can view online.
We cover all course costs, accommodation in self-catering cottages, all catering and local transport. We ask participants to cover their travel costs to Edinburgh airport or train station and to make a £100 donation to the Retreat. We will cover the cost of cello seats if necessary.
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Alexander Janiczek Retreat Director
Svend McEwan-Brown Festival Artistic Director
Ruth Davie Retreat Producer
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If you would like to support a musician to attend the Retreat, or make a donation, please contact Ian Gray: firstname.lastname@example.org
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