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If I am not applying as a performing participant, can I be a masterclass spectator?
We welcome
performing participants as well as spectators (who wish to view the LIVE public masterclasses). Please join our mailing list if you wish to be notified when tickets go live on sale for the public masterclasses.

What standard do I need to be to apply for this course?
Applicants of music conservatoire standard or higher will be considered. Our faculty will be coaching musicians who wish to make a career in music or professionals who are already in the business.

Do I need to make a professional recording for the application process?
No, it is the content our panel will be looking at, not the recording quality. A recording on your smartphone will suffice if necessary.

How do I apply?
Firstly please register your interest by filling out the application form here. You will be required to submit a link to your performance on Youtube video / Vimeo compulsory (No downloads) together with a non refundable registration fee of £20.


Is there financial help available?

The following websites have excellent information on where to find funding for masterclasses, study etc. (N.B FIVA are not affialiated with Rhinegold)

The British & International Music Yearbook 2020 (Digital version) is available to purchase online and contains a wealth of information on funding, scholarships, competitions etc. (N.B FIVA are not affialiated with Rhinegold)

How much does the course cost?

Applicants will be notified if  they have been accepted as a participant on the Friend's International Violin Academy by the 3rd of July 2020.  Once payment has been received, chosen participants will receive detailed course information.

What are the dates for the course?
30th July - 5th August 2020

Will my classes be public?
All individual lessons and group sessions will be private. Masterclasses (participants will be chosen by the faculty during the week) will be viewable by paying public.

Is there an age limit for the course?
There is no upper age limit but if applicants are under 18, they must have a responsible adult in the room with them for all FIVA activities.


Under 18 Years of Age

If you are under 18, you must have a responsible adult in all online sessions with you at all times.

Will my lessons be recorded?
Individual and small group sessions will not be recorded but the masterclasses will be recorded for promotional purposes. By agreeing to take part in a masterclass during the week, you are giving your permission to be recorded and for FIVA to use these recordings for promotional purposes. FIVA reserve the right to re-broadcast in the future.

How many sessions are there in the week?
You will take part in 7 group lessons and one masterclass during the week. You are also invited to join us to watch and submit questions for the panel discussions and to view all masterclasses.

Will I receive any qualification at the end of the course?
On completion of the course you will receive a certificate to confirm that you have taken part in the Friend's International Violin Academy 2020.

What equipment will I need to participate?
1) You must have a computer (not a tablet or phone) with Google Chrome set as your browser
2) Operating systems must be:

    Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
    Windows 7 or higher
    Modern Linux support

3) Any microphone e.g laptop built-in or USB plug in mic
4) Headphones (closed back). Why? Closed back headphones or ear buds stop any sound ‘bleeding’ out and causing echo.
5) An extension cable. Why? If your headphones do not have a long enough cable you may need to purchase a cheap extension cable which will allow you to get far enough away from the computer to be able to play freely.

What online support is availble to check my set up?
A member of the FIVA team will meet you online on acceptance to the course to help you set up correctly and show you how to access the sessions.

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