A message from Head of Strings Louise Lansdown

Black and white photo of Louise Lansdown hugging a viola


I am writing to you all to let you know that after much soul searching and thinking I have decided to devote the rest of my life entirely to the viola – teaching, playing, recording, commissioning, writing – you name it, I will be doing it!

This means that I will be leaving my post as Head of Strings later this year. I have accepted a fractional contract at the Royal Northern College of Music as Assistant Head of Strings (viola).

I will also be focusing on my work at the Menuhin School, Cecil Aronowitz and Lionel Tertis Viola Competitions, the British Viola Society, the Ubuntu Ensemble, my book, ‘Hindemith and the Viola’, recording of South African Viola music, the ARCO Project and wherever else the viola leads me.

I will continue to teach my viola students next year and so look forward to doing this.

It is almost 11 years since I started at RBC, and what an incredible journey it has been. There will be plenty of time to tell you more and to discuss plans, but, for now, I wanted to thank you all for your trust, amazing work, care, enthusiasm and for dealing with me for all of these years.

Much love always,


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