The strings are the largest family of instruments in the orchestra and come in four sizes: the violin (the smallest), viola, cello, and the biggest: the double bass. The smaller instruments, the violin and viola, make higher-pitched sounds, while the larger cello and double bass produce low, rich sounds.

Stringed instruments are very versatile in their sound and can play almost anything! Solo and ensemble pieces are both enjoyable to play.

Strings in an ensemble produce a rich, full sound used in many different styles. In orchestral, pop, jazz and folk music the strings can be seen and heard and enjoyed by all.

How old do you have to be to play?

All the stringed instruments come in different sizes from the small 8th size for the very young to full size. Strings are taught from age 4 (using the Stringbabies programme designed especially for ages 4 to 6 years) through to Year 13.


Surrey Arts teach lessons all over the county, including Camberley, Oxted, Reigate, Banstead, Woking, Staines and Guildford.