Steve Bingham - ESTA Summer School

Steve Bingham

Welcome play session & Polish string repertoire

Tuesday 9 August & Wednesday 10 August
3.00pm to 4.30 pm & 5.00pm to 6.00pm


Bingham studied violin with Emmanuel Hurwitz, Sidney Griller and the Amadeus Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music from 1981 to 1985, where he won prizes for orchestral leading and string quartet playing. In 1985 he formed the Bingham String Quartet, an ensemble which has become one of the foremost in the UK, with an enviable reputation for both classical and contemporary repertoire. The Quartet has recorded numerous CDs and has worked for radio and television both in the UK and as far afield as Australia. Steve has appeared as guest leader with many orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English National Ballet and English Sinfonia. Steve is also a conductor of some repute and is currently principal conductor of Ely Sinfonia, the City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and the Ad Hoc Sinfonia. In the field of world music Steve has collaborated with several notable musicians including guitarist Jason Carter and players such as Sanju Vishnu Sahai (tabla), Baluji Shivastrav (sitar) and Abdullah Ibrahim (piano). Steve also plays live with No-Man, the progressive art-rock duo of Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson. In recent years Steve is much in demand providing violin backing for many different artists and styles, from folk singer-songwriter ballads to prog rock! Steve is internationally renowned for his solo violin recitals, where he mixes acoustic pieces with livelooped electric violin arrangements in his own unique way. Steve has released four solo albums, “Duplicity”, “Ascension”, “Third” and “The Persistence Of Vision”, alongside many single tracks. Steve’s interests include ornithology, photography and Celtic knotwork.


Welcome play session

For our opening ensemble session there’s a chance to meet the ESTA (UK) team and your fellow Summer School delegates over a stand-full of string music! There might even be a chance to have a go at conducting…. Phil Aird, Steve Bingham and Sheila Holdsworth will be there to answer your questions about ESTA (UK), the Summer School, or anything else string-related, and we’ll be playing a variety of string music – both familiar and unfamiliar – under the baton of Steve. There will be a chance for volunteers to conduct a movement or two, and if you have any pieces you’d like the group to try out – perhaps to see if they’d be suitable for your school or adult ensemble, or just because you’ve never had a chance to play them! – please either bring along a full set of parts or let Steve know in advance so that he can source a set ( This is a relaxed, fun session that we hope everyone will join in with. A great way to get to know everyone at the start of a week of exciting concerts and presentations!

Polish string repertoire

Steve Bingham will present music from Poland in this session about discovering new and exciting teaching repertoire. Having recorded several video tutorials in Krakow, in autumn 2021, for Polish publisher PWM Edition, Steve will talk about some of the composers represented by PWM, including fairly well known names such as Grażyna Bacewicz, but also covering interesting pedagogical works by Ewa Iwan, Roman Statkowski and others. Although mainly about violin repertoire this session will touch on other string music from PWM, and aims to provide some new and unusual repertoire for students of all abilities.