Strings Unbarred

Are you an adult violin / viola / cello player? Yearning to play beyond reading sheet music? Strings Unbarred is for you! 

Bring your instrument, listening ears, and curiosity. No music stands required!

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.


Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am, central Brighton

‘Very inspiring and informative’

‘Love the variety! Thoroughly enjoyable’

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

I feel free!’

Join Music for Connection’s Bela Emerson for Strings Unbarred: an exciting and inspiring session, where we play by ear and make music together in the moment for our own enjoyment and discovery.

Cost: £17 drop-in (or £13.50/session if booked in blocks of four)





About Strings Unbarred

Strings Unbarred has been developed to support adult players to build their confidence and musicianship with an emphasis on listening and playing freely. The sessions also provide the opportunity to meet and play with new people in an informal, lighthearted, 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 music 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).