Cello and Alexander Technique Course with Gillian Thoday and Margaret Edis

14-21 August 2020

Gillian and Margaret have an association that goes back more than thirty years and this will be the eighth year that they have collaborated on summer courses, with the main aim of encouraging greater ease and freedom in performance. Gillian is a highly respected cello tutor and Margaret a very sought after member of the Alexander Technique world, who has specialised for many years in working with musicians of all ages.

The course is for advanced cellists with a minimum of Grade 8 Distinction and at least 16 years old. It will comprise a maximum of ten participants who will receive intensive individual tuition from both coaches, with masterclasses and ensemble work. A resident accompanist is available and the course will end with a public concert at a local church.

The course fee is £750 residential. An Early Bird price of £700 applies for applications received by the end of January 2020. A non-refundable deposit of £150 is due on application. For further information contact gthoday@gmail.com or ring 07887541765.  To download the application form, click here.

Gillian Thoday, cello 

Gillian has been a cello tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester since 2009 and has taught at Chethams School and at the Guildhall School of Music Junior Department for more than thirty years. Her teaching has been strongly influenced by her years of study with Andre Navarra, one of the greatest cellists of his generation, and by her own extensive experience as a performer and teacher. She combines a strong emphasis on technical schooling with a recognition of the need to nurture each individual’s musical voice. She aims to impart the technical, musical and organisational skills to make each student’s personal work as effective and independent as possible. Many of her students have won awards and are themselves now successful members of the music profession.


Gillian’s performing career has included solo appearances at all the major recital venues in London and TV and radio broadcasts for the BBC. She has worked extensively with chamber ensembles in the contemporary field and has herself commissioned new works. She has played with most of the major orchestras in London and as a guest principal and studio player. She has been invited to give performance classes at the Royal Academy of Music, where she has also been an external assessor for their post graduate and under graduate final recitals.

Margaret Edis, Alexander Technique

Margaret has more than forty years of experience teaching the Alexander Technique to musicians. She has taught at the Royal Academy of Music for more than twenty years and has given classes on numerous occasions at the Royal College and Guildhall schools of music and at Trinity Laban. She was Alexander Technique teacher to the National Youth Orchestra for fifteen years, working with young musicians both individually and in groups. She has also given classes at music conservatoires in Switzerland and Australia.