Beginner's Viola Group

Tuition and music-making in a group


...improve your note-reading in alto clef whilst playing a part in an all-viola ensemble...

Group sessions for adult beginner viola players (approximately Grade 1-3)

Next session:

Sunday 15th October
1 -1.45pm  

Sharrow Performing Arts Space

Sharrow School

Sitwell Place


S7 1BE

Cost: £15 / £12 (if attending the First Position Strings workshop on the same day)

***Attendance must be pre-booked ***


Upcoming sessions

(Sundays 1 - 1.45pm)

  • Nov 19
  • Dec 17


  • January (no workshop this month)
  • February 4
  • March 3
  • April 14
  • May 12
  • June 16
  • July 14

A limited number of violas are available to use on the day (£7 hire fee)*

*Tick the box on the booking form if you would like to hire a viola to use at the session (subject to availability).

Are you relatively new to the viola, or have you been playing for a few years and would like to play in a viola ensemble but don't feel ready to join the Sheffield Viola Ensemble?

These short sessions will provide you with the opportunity to develop your viola playing and improve your note-reading in alto clef, whilst playing a part in an all-viola ensemble.

Ideal for for violinists wanting to expand their music-making potential, and for string players that have attended an Intro to Viola Taster Session. The group sessions will take place immediately before First Position Strings ensemble-playing workshops (

Discounts available for players attending both sessions.

Tuition and music-making in a group for adult beginner viola players (approximately Grade 1 - 3)

Are you interested in attending an Intro to Viola Taster Session?  Let Jenny know! 

More info here: Intro to Viola

Ever fancied playing the viola but not sure if it's for you?

Intro to Viola Taster Sessions give you the opportunity to try playing the viola without having to commit to buying an instrument, abandoning your current instrument, or finding a teacher. You will experience the practical side of holding, bowing and fingering the instrument, and get to know the basic principles of playing on different strings whilst reading from the alto clef. You will have gained a sense of what the instrument is like to play by the end of the session, and you may then choose to continue your viola journey!


First Position Strings is a string orchestra for adult beginner string players (approximately Grade 1 - 5). Workshops enable players to experience playing a part within a string ensemble and to practice the skills required for successful ensemble-playing.  

Sheffield Viola Ensemble logopngMore advanced viola players (Grade 5 upwards) may want to consider joining Sheffield Viola Ensemble, which meets Saturdays 10 - 12pm (monthly).


If you are interested in attending a Beginner's Viola Group session but are unsure of your suitability, or just want to know more about it, please contact Jenny:

Contact Us