Strings Unbarred

A unique opportunity to play music in a group of like-minded people, based on listening and creating together, rather than from sheet music. 
Bring your instrument and your curiosity! Learn some melodies and make new ones in a friendly and encouraging group.

NEW IN-PERSON SESSION JUST ANNOUNCED – 28th April ’22, 6:15-7:45pm, central Brighton

‘Very inspiring and informative’

‘Love the variety! Thoroughly enjoyable’

‘A non-judgemental and fun space to play with others’

Join Music for Connection’s Bela Emerson for a one-off Strings Unbarred: playing by ear and making music together in the moment for our own enjoyment.

All players of violin / viola / cello who can play a major scale and beyond are welcome. Bring your instrument, listening ears, and curiosity.

Cost: £24 / £17 for people aged 50+ (supported by Brighton & Hove City Council’s Third Sector Partnership)



About Strings Unbarred

The purpose of Strings Unbarred is to help adult players develop their confidence and musicianship as well as providing the opportunity to meet and play with new people in an informal and supportive environment.

These workshops are for adult players of bowed strings to play together beyond music reading. We use specific techniques and exercises as well as playing and composing pieces together, developing improvisation, ear-playing, and performance skills.

In addition to regular Strings Unbarred sessions, we sometimes offer special one-off group sessions with visiting musicians: we were honoured to host a workshop with the musicians of Benares in November 2015: Deobrat Mishra, Pandit Shivnath Mishra, and Prashant Mishra – highly accomplished players of sitar and table, who were visiting the UK for the first time.

Strings Unbarred is a mixed ability group, with a minimum playing requirement of a major scale (please contact us for more details).