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The Cotswold Suzuki Group began in November, 1981.  Children aged 3-18 years old study violin and viola by the Japanese music method created by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.  Private lessons and group classes are taught by Karen Powell in an after school programme and as part of the school music programme at St. Gregory’s Catholic Primary School in Cheltenham. Children learning by this method have the support of their parents’ attendance at lessons and acting as ‘home teachers’ helping guide them in their home practice up to approximately 12 years old.  Secondary schoolchildren usually have lessons on their own.

CSG students take part annually in many musical activities including busking for charity, holiday concerts and school assemblies.  As part of the national Suzuki movement CSG students also participate in day and residential workshops including an annual 3-day residential workshop hosted by the CSG at Viney Hill, Gloucester. They also play at national concert halls such as The Festival Hall, London and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

The Cotswold Suzuki Group, in combination with two other Suzuki groups in Great Britain, has taken part in two tours.  The first to the east coast of America and the second to Germany, Belgium and Holland.