The Gifted and Talented String Academy consists of an average of twelve days per year. The String Academy is supported by over 200 Sussex and Surrey Schools as the lead enrichment programme for String players through the e-PD programme.  The String Academy is also engaged in our Chino UK exchange programme Trinity Sannyi Music Academy which has recently been resident Summer School at the Yehudi Menuhin School.


To join String Academy: You need to play Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass.  Players are aged from nine years old to twenty, and elementary to post diploma standard.  Past members include a former Young Musician of the Year, and over thirty musicians have successfully formed careers in music.  Young musicians are organised into groups of similar standards, and typically have one piece which forms a String Orchestra.


Listen and watch String Academy performing with members from the Yehudi Menuhin School conducted by Malcolm Singer:


and here at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival with Devon Camerata:


We are currently accepting expressions of interest for joining String Academy and also our exchange programme with scholarship return visits to Hong Kong to perform.   Please fill the form at the bottom of this page to express your interest and we will return more information.



We have had a superb first Summer School with our exchange students from Hong Kong and where we will return in November.    Please find a quote from one famly and also a few pictures below too: 

Hi Andrew

Thanks yet again for a wonderful week Anneli had an amazing time.

Thanks to all your colleagues as well who clearly put an immense amount of effort and thought in to the weeks full timetable.

Certainly we are interested in a repeat next year!

Enjoy your well deserved holiday.

Look forward to seeing you again in the near future.






There is a strong emphasis on enjoyment of music, aspiration to perform from your current level, and also we have great success with social mobility: Several pupils have gone on to take up scholarships at schools, Universities and Music Colleges including:   Stowe and Eton College; Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; The Royal College of Music, The Yehudi Menuhin and Purcell Schools.


We are delighted the String Academy has been asked to represent the County at the Edinburgh 2016, 2017 and 2019 Festival, and that we return to Hong Kong in November 2018 and October and December 2019 as part of our Trinity Sannyi Music Academy exchange programme seen here at     


We are greatly looking forwards to our next Concert and Course and please fill the contact form below for more details: 


Sunday 28 April 2019


St John’s Church



West Sussex

RH13 6PJ

Spring Programme Concert

The String Academy and members of the Bernardi Music Group perform a Spring Programme, to include Teleman’s Viola Concerto and movements from Vivaldi’s ever popular Four Seasons.  

Tickets: £16.50

Book online here.


Disabled access. Interval refreshment available. 









The String Academy with members of the Yehudi Menuhin School rehearsing with composer and Director of Music for the Yehudi Menuhin School in Professor Malcolm Singer in preparation for the opening of Shipley Arts Festival 2015.    Musicians performed 'Music from the Shtetl' which gave opportunity for young players to play with some of the most advanced in the World.   






Congratulations to Ben Gardner who takes up his sixth form Scholarship to Charterhouse this September 2015 - pictured here at the opening of the Shipley Arts Festival 2014.




String Academy performs at high profile events such as the 125 year celebrations for the formation of West Sussex County Council, for the High Sherrif's of West and East Sussex, and to the left for the Lord Mayor of London in his Guildhall in the City , and in aid of supporting less fortunate young people.    Forthcoming performances include St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh in 2016