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. 


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:


Sunday 28th January 2018 for 2.00 pm at Sedgwick Park, followed by the 2018 Shipley Arts Festival Preview and reception with the Festival Friends and sponsors.


Autumn Term 2017 

Performing with Stradivarius Piano Trio and Tim Wonocott in aid of Lodge Hill and to send children suffering from Aspergers Syndrome on a life changing.


Summer Term 2017:

Performing with Stop Gap Dance and tour of Edinburgh Festival and System Scotland  


Spring Term 2017 

Sunday 29th January 2 pm to 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm at  Reception and annual Festival Preview with wine and canapés ( no stiletto heels please) We are delighted this year's preview will be attended by our MP Jeremy Quin and the High Sherrif of West Sussex in Mark Spofforths OBE


Sunday 5th March rehearsal day 1000 to 4 pm Venue tbc


Sunday 19th March 1000 onwards with 6 pm Performance at for Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ with String Academy, Professional Ensemble ‘side by side’ and large Choir.   Lunch will be provided by Windlesham House School.


Summer Term 2017

Sunday 25th June with Yehudi Menuhin School, Charterhouse and String Academy perform at Charterhouse tbc


Sunday July 2nd Times tbc Duckering Hall, Collyers 6th Form College.   Performing with StopGapDance Company, and in partnership with Sussex Arts Academy


Monday 14th th to 23rd August - Rehearsals and Tour with Devon Camerata to Edinburgh Festival and Sistema Scotland with details to be confirmed in New Year.


String Academy Autumn Term 2016


Sunday 18th September 2 pm to 8 pm

Venue: The Plat, Coolham West Sussex RH13 8QD (Our house and barn) 

Event and Timings: Arrive to rehearse starting promptly at 2 pm please. Parents friends plus relatives are invited for a bring a picnic party for 6 pm onwards.


Sunday 16th October 1230 am to 4.30 pm

Venue: The Lesley Room, St Mary’s Church

Event:   Rehearse new music for Concert and year ahead


Saturday 22nd October late afternoon rehearsal time tbc and 7.30 pm performance ‘A Concert to Celebrate the Life of Henry Burstow’ and to include performing with Broadwood Morris, Horsham Folk Club, Horsham Bell Ringers, Bernardi Music Group and String Academy 

Venue:  St Mary’s Parish Church, Horsham


Sunday 26th November 1000 to 4 pm 

Venue tbc 


String Academy Summer term 2016:

Sunday 14th to 19th August: West Sussex String Academy performed three Concerts with our partners in Devon Camerata in St Giles Cathedral, and as part of the Edinburgh Festival. Please listen to a clip here: 


Tuesday 16th August at 12.15pm

Lunchtime Concert

String Academy

Andrew Bernardi – Director


Wednesday 17th August at 12.15pm

Lunchtime Concert

From Corelli to Copland

South West Camerata, Plymouth


Thursday 18th August at 12.15pm

Lunchtime Concert

From Corelli to Copland


South West Camerata, Plymouth perform with String Academy 


Summer Term Dates 2016


Sunday 17th April 1000 to 4 pm at Andrew Hall, Shipley

Sunday 17th July morning time tbc and afternoon performance as part of the Horsham and Garden Music Festival 

Sunday 14th August to Friday 19th August:  Resident at St Mary's School and performing in St Giles Cathedral as part of Edinburgh Festival 2016


Spring Term Dates 2016 


Sunday January 31st Including Festival Preview at Sedgwick Park with canapés and refreshment

Sunday February 11th Windlesham 10-4 pm


Course Dates Autumn 2015:


Sunday 6th Sept    1000 - 4.00 Rehearsal

Early evening reception/party at The Plat, Coolham

Wednesday 16th Sept  5.30 - 8.00 Rehearsal Concert 

at Knepp Castle performing with James Bond and his Aston Martin in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice - glass of Champagne on arrival for parents.

Sunday 27th Sept 1000 - 4.00 Rehearsal

Sunday 18th  Oct  1000 - 4.00 Rehearsal


Sunday 22nd Nov  1000- 4.00 Rehearsal

Fri 11th Dec evening Concert at Lodge Hill with James Bolam and Sue Jameson with times tbc and after school


Pupils play in small Chamber Orchestras, String Quartets, and there are opportunities to perform concertos for the most ambitious.   Concerts are very creative, and include opportunity to perform with some of the UK’s leading String performers, and also actors including Timothy Christopher’s June Whitfield and in the forthcoming term James Bolam. 


We have worked closely with partners including the Yehudi Menuhin School, Charterhouse and West Sussex County Council.  


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 Festival.   










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