Inspirational and encouraging instruction in baroque style from a team of expert tutors.
STANDARD: UPPER INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED
Resident: £420 Non-Resident: £320 Code: 20/332
What is the course about?
We are delighted to welcome Oliver Webber (violin), Mark Caudle (cello) and Oliver-John Ruthven (harpsichord) to lead this thoroughly joyful course. The main works will be excerpts from Purcell’s King Arthur and The Fairy Queen, but we will also be exploring other wonderful music by Thomas Arne and William Boyce. We will be working at A=415 and are seeking an orchestra of baroque string players with period instruments (or modern instruments with baroque bows and gut strings), two baroque oboists and one baroque bassoonist. There will also be places for two harpsichordists and one theorbo player in the continuo team. Players must be of reasonably advanced standard, confident sight-readers, and willing to rehearse in some detail.
Tutor website: www.monteverdistringband.com
What will we cover?
Articulation and phrasing
Rhetoric - in terms of understanding the structure and how to deliver in performance
Tempo, rhythm and pulse (especially in dance movements)
Recognising the character of different movements and learning how to make technical choices to bring it out effectively
Working with non-equal temperament tuning
Technical issues for strings - how to refine use of the baroque bow
What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…
Play more communicatively and expressively thanks to your growing assimilation of baroque performance practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Upper Intermediate, Advanced
How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?
The course will involve tutti and sectional rehearsals, and chamber music sessions might be possible. Familiarisation of the music before the course is encouraged, but not compulsory.
Will music be provided in advance of the course?
Yes, it will be available on this website ahead of the course.
Is there anything I need to bring?
We are playing at A=415 and don’t forget to bring your baroque instrument, or if you don’t have one then gut strings and baroque bow. Don’t forget your spare strings or reeds.
What previous participants said about this course…
“I couldn't rate it highly enough. It was really excellent in every way.”
“The course was extremely well organised. It was really challenging for me, but most enjoyable, and the atmosphere and encouragement from both staff & students were very supportive.”
“The tutors gave much insight as to how to interpret and play the works giving opportunities for participants to play different parts and to express their opinions.”