The idea of Beare’s Chamber Music came from a conversation between violist and director of Arpeggione viola courses Jacky Woods and managing director of J & A Beare, Steven Smith.
Friends since conservatoire days, both share a passion for chamber music and, in particular, string quartets. Jacky was looking for new premises to extend Parkview Chamber – a successful chamber music venture that she established over 15 years ago.
With Steven’s passion for music education, he immediately offered the use of J & A Beare’s renowned premises in Marylebone, London on Sundays, noting that he would “be delighted if the building was full of music“.
The use of Beare’s showroom, combined with the firm’s financial assistance to provide student scholarships for those who would otherwise struggle with the fees, has helped this project grow and develop.
So, from September 2021, the showrooms of 30 Queen Anne Street, normally dedicated to clients trying instruments, have been filled with the sound of young students rehearsing chamber music.