Advice for Further Studies


Orchestral Studies are useful for college/university students, who are seeking to become professional cellists in a professional orchestra. 

Links for aspiring orchestra musicians:

'Das Orchester' (magazine for open vacancies)

'Musical Chairs' (website for orchestra vacancies- international)


"I have seen many candidates failing orchestra auditions because they didn't have any experience how to handle it. Playing an orchestra audition has nothing to do with playing a concert or even an audition for a scholarship or competition. You have literally 10 seconds to give your first impression and to show what kind of player you are. 

Auditioning needs to be practised. In my opinion, most teachers concentrate too much on concertos and solo repertoire, neglecting the orchestral excerpts. However, the excerpts in an orchestra audition are more important even than the concertos.

It is extremely challenging to play an excerpt out of context with no other players joining you. I have made it my destiny to help students, who are looking for an orchestra job and give them the preparation they need."

Susanne Beer


For the younger student, after a thorough preparation, 'The Cello Corner' would send its students to audition for The National Children's Orchestra, the best orchestra for children in the UK.

Depending on the age of the child, there are several options:

- The Under 10 years of age orchestra

- The Under 11 years of age orchestra

- The Under 12 years of age orchestra

- The Under 13 years of age orchestra

- The Main orchestra

- National Youth Orchestra

The Main Orchestra with Nicola Benedetti and Wynton Marsalis in October 2016 in the Glasgow Royal Hall

Chamber Music Courses

Students should take part in chamber music courses during the summer. Whether string quartet, string trio or piano trio, young musicians love their chamber music sessions and get to perform the repertoire they have worked on at various concerts.


The additional input of an independent teacher on occasion is crucial for the progress and the development of the student. It stimulates the student and broadens the horizon. For info on chamber music courses have a look at  the Musical Chairs website


Bursaries are often possible through organisations such as Eastern String Teachers Association


Competitions are often frowned upon in the métier of music and for some students, it might not be the right thing to do. However, in the right context, competitions can be a great stimulator and very motivating. When students advance to the next round or even win a prize, it gives them a great confidence boost. Winning a competition usually includes the opportunity to perform in a prestigious venue where the student normally would not be able to perform. The final round always takes place in a beautiful venue with great acoustic and involves playing a concerto accompanied by an orchestra. Winning a competition also opens the doors to getting an agent and helping the student along the career as a musician. Competitions to aim for are for example the BBC Young Musician or the  Parkhouse Award and the North London Music Festival. 


Master Classes 

Students whould take part in master classes during the holidays. Travelling to a different country and having master classes with a renowned teacher and performer will make the student develop and grow in a short amount of time. For cello courses and master classes check the Musical Chairs website.

Masterclass with Margarita Balanas

11 May 2019 from 11am-4.30pm at Tom Woods Cellos (