Benyounes Quartet at the Dalcroze International Easter Course 2019

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We are very excited to have the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England as the venue for our Easter Course in 2019. The RNCM is a leading international conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester, with a reputation for attracting talented students, teachers, conductors and composers from all over the world.

We are delighted to have the Benyounes Quartet playing live this year!  Over the last decade the Benyounes Quartet has forged a reputation for fresh, vivid performances and interpretations of refinement and integrity. The quartet s international accolades include prizes at both the 2014 Orlando International String Quartet Competition and the 2012 International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest. They have established a presence at major venues including Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Vienna Konzerthaus, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room and at festivals such as Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh and West Cork Chamber Music. Read more here

The course will run from Sunday 7th April to Wednesday 10th April. Participants will register on Sunday afternoon and the course will end on Wednesday evening. 

The course is for anyone interested in finding out about the method but also for those who wish to refresh their skills and understanding of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Classes will take place in Rhythmics, Aural Training and Improvisation and there will also be workshops to attend including a chance for teachers to exchange good practice.

Registration is now open! Click the link below to access the registration form.

2019 Easter Course Registration Form

Workshops – Easter Course 2019

Monday 8th April

13:30 – 15:00

An introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics – Andrew Davidson

A PowerPoint presentation by Andrew Davidson. Suitable for anyone who would like to know a bit of history behind the development of Dalcroze Eurhythmics.


Unearthing the artist – Diane Daly

What can draw more performers towards Dalcroze Eurhythmics? In her quest to find a personal answer to this question Diane Daly undertook a four year doctoral investigation at the University of Limerick. The title of her research was ‘Unearthing the artist: An arts practice research investigation into the impact of Dalcroze Eurhythmics on the practice of a classically trained professional violinist’. In this presentation she presents some of her findings, leading into a discussion on how other performers apply or could further embrace the philosophies and principals of the Dalcroze method into their practice.


15:00 – 17:00

Plastique animeé

A session in which students will be guided to explore music through movement. The music in question may also be studied in Aural Training sessions and Improvisation sessions. There will be two groups divided into those new to Plastique animeé and those with some experience of it.

Tuesday 9th April

13:30 – 15:30

Plastique animeé

Another session in which students will be guided to explore music through movement. In this session it is hoped that the music will be performed live.

18:30 – 20:00

Children’s class with participation of course students

Cynthia Wilson will lead us through a typical children’s lesson using members of the course as her class! A question and answer session will be held at the end of the class (and continued in the bar if wished!)

Wednesday 10th April

14:30 – 15:30

Plastique animeé

A final session in which students may explore a piece they have discovered during the course or an opportunity to work on a previous piece. Students will be invited to perform at the Show & Tell session (but this is optional).









Kaye Barker: Dalcroze Certificate: London; Dalcroze Licence: London; BA (Oxon).

Kaye is a professional violinist, classroom teacher and Dalcroze teacher based in London. She was a member of the BBC Philharmonic and the Bridge Quartet, which toured extensively & broadcast on BBC Radio 3, then became Head of Strings for Ealing Music Service. She is currently Head of Music at Gumley House School FCJ, in west London. She was a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music and read Music at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University followed by postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music. She gained a Masters Degree in Education in 2014. She teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics on the String & Brass Training Programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Kaye was the recipient of the Jean Vincent prize.


Andrew Davidson: Dalcroze Certificate: Australia; Dalcroze Licence & Master of Music (Dalcroze) Longy School of Music, USA.

Andrew is an Australian theatre practitioner, musician, and teacher based in London. His work includes plays, musicals, and opera. Recent highlights include Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (GSA), Handel’s Xerxes (London) and Sondheim’s Into the Woods (Singapore). He is a Teaching Fellow at Guildford School of Acting, an Associate Lecturer at Drama Centre London and a Visiting Artist at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. Andrew is a theatre graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and a music graduate of the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales. His Dalcroze teachers have included Dr Sandra Nash (Sydney) and Lisa Parker (Boston). Andrew is the recipient of a Heather Gell Dalcroze Foundation grant and a Queen’s Trust Award.


Ruth Jones

Ruth Jones is first and foremost a contemporary dance artist. She specialises in Outdoor work, Mass choreography, Parades and community dance. Ruth’s outdoor dance shows have been performed at many of the major festivals, including Greenwich and Docklands, Mintfest, Isle Of Wight Festival and Festival No 6 (under the umbrella name, Axial Dance). She has received commissions from Lakes Alive, Waiblingen Festival of Light, Germany, Urban Moves International Festival and the National Festival of Making.

Ruth has created a wealth of Mass Movement and Parade choreographic work (often including delivery of Master classes) e.g. working on Manchester Day Parade with 2000 performers, since inception (produced by Walk The Plank), Pride Manchester lead parade section since 2016, Sma Shot Parade (2015-17), Paisley (produced by Walk The Plank) and many more. Indeed, Ruth works for a number of diverse clients, creating outdoor work i.e. choreographer for Avanti Display on their Hydromania show and choreographer for Invisible Dust, on Kasia Molga’s Human Sensor and Coral Love Story projects.

Ruth also choreographs for theatre and has choreographed over 50 professional theatre productions in the UK, at venues such as York Theatre Royal and Sheffield Crucible.

She additionally teaches and facilitates dance and movement in educational settings- e.g. University of Manchester Theatre Department and delivering on the Nordoff Robbins MA in Music Therapy at The Royal Northern College of Music.

Ruth also teaches and facilitates dance and movement in community settings – e.g. running Ad Hoc Dance (an adult community dance company set up 25 years ago) and working for Parkinson’s UK.

Ruth continues to teach private dance/movement/Laban lessons in her home dance studio: The Loft Dance Studio.

She has taught on several Easter Schools for Dalcroze UK and the Summer School in Cardiff last year.

Ruth is currently working on a piece of Research and Development with Dalcroze member, musician/composer Eve Harrison. Together they are taking a relook at the relationship between music and dance to compose and create movement, entitled In-Between, funded by Help Musicians UK / Fusion Fund


Ruth Jones
Dance Artist/Choreographer/Axial Dance
07939 135759


Katie Wearing

Dalcroze Certificate, UK; Kodaly Adv. Cert

Katie Wearing is a violin and viola teacher based in Bolton. She studied at the RNCM with Richard Deakin, trained as a postgrad on their Junior Strings Project and taught Dalcroze and Kodaly on the project for twenty years. Katie now teaches privately and for the Junior RNCM, and tutors on Dalcroze Eurhythmics courses. She has written ensemble pieces for the Associated Board Music Medals books and is the author of the Abracadabra String Beginners series and A Dozen A Day for violin.


Monica Wilkinson Mus B (hons) PGCE Dalcroze Licenciate (UK)

Passionate about music education in general and Dalcroze in particular, Monica Wilkinson’s experience extends through instrumental teaching, primary classroom music, chamber music coaching and Dalcroze training for adults and children.  She teaches violin and musicianship at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, leads Dalcroze-based musicianship training at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and leads Dalcroze workshops throughout Scotland and beyond.  She completed the Seniors training at IJD in 2016. Recent projects have included Spinning Songs, an intergenerational project for Scottish Opera, children’s workshop at Winterplay, Susan Tomes’ new chamber music festival, and teaching on a violin camp in Ukraine with Kateryna Zavalko.  She very much enjoyed teaching on Dalcroze Australia’s Summer School in January 2019.


Cynthia Wilson

ARCM, Dalcroze Licence D’Enseignement Institut Jaques-Dalcroze Geneva, Teachers Certificate.


After three years at the Royal College of Music where Cynthia was extremely fortunate to be taught the foundations of Dalcroze Eurythmics by Elizabeth Vanderspar, she then went to the Dalcroze Institut in Geneva on a one year scholarship.  Whilst there she was taught by several of Jaques Dalcroze’s original students (notably Edith Naef, Malou Hatt Arnold & Laura Campbell) and achieved the Licence. Returning to UK she ran Music Depts in Primary Schools and, later on, in Comprehensive Schools.  Cynthia began to teach Music and Movement to young children whilst having her own family and has continued to do so for 35 years.  It was her particular pleasure to run the Dalcroze Summer School for very many years and thereby enable keen students and interested newcomers to further develop their understanding of the Dalcrozian Approach to Musicianship. Cynthia lives in the New Forest and she continues to teach piano, singing, a variety of choirs, Dalcroze Workshops and Music & Movement to many in her area.


Workshop presenters

Diane Daly

Diane is a violinist and chamber musician. She has been a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 1998 and has toured the world with many prestigious ensembles including the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. She is in huge demand as a chamber musician, performing at major international festivals. In other genres she has performed alongside and recorded with Sir Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, The Corrs, Bono, Shania Twain, Katie Melua and plays in her own gypsy jazz trio. She is currently undertaking an Arts Practice PhD and is the recipient of a scholarship from the Irish Research Council. She is Course Director of the MA in Classical String Performance in the University of Limerick where she also teaches Dalcroze, Kodaly and improvisation. Based in Co. Clare, she works extensively as an animateur, coach and workshop leader and directs, from the violin, the Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy international string ensemble.

Mary Price-O’Connor

Mary Price O’Connor is an Interdisciplinary artist working with sound, music, movement and text. Having studied music at Dartington College of Arts she moved to London where she worked as a violinist, composer and performer, becoming a silent film accompanist in 2003 and in 2008 trained as a Dalcroze Eurhythmics Teacher. She has participated as an improviser/deviser/performer/facilitator across many different platforms including The Chaosbaby Project with Stella Duffy, Women in Motion with Zosia Jo and is currently a part of Through The Door with Angela Clerkin, and Improbable well as her ongoing research project The Moving Theatre Lab.