Nothing can replace the expertise of instrumental teachers who are able to help refine the playing of wind, string or brass players. But the contribution of the pianist on these ensembles can NOT be underestimated. Coaching may not include so much discussion about reeds or strings, but will focus on why a special harmonic moment in the piano parts may require more time taken in a phrase, or why an overall tempo needs to be adjusted because of the dexterity of the piano writing.

This course is aimed at concentrating on the musical interpretation of works that have essential piano parts guided by tutors who have spent their lives alongside instrumentalists and who have been accompanist during lessons for many distinguished instrumental professors.

Nigel Clayton has spent many hours in lessons with instrumentalists such as Nathan Milstein, Tibor Varga, William Pleeth, Jacquline du Pre, Thea King and Nobuko Imai as well as playing for many current distinguished instrumentalists and chamber music groups.

Imma Setiadi has been playing with a younger generation of distinguished intrumentalists and as a junior fellow at both the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; has been the pianist for masterclasses by James Galway, Pinchas Zuckerman, John Anderson, Raphael Wallfisch, Maximiliano Martin, and principals from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Both tutors have found that they have learned so much about instrumental playing from these experiences, that they feel they can be helpful in guiding from a different angle, and enhancing the performances of the players on this course from their intimate knowledge of the piano part and score.

The course will include group coaching, individual coaching for the pianist, and coaching for the instrumentalists with the tutor at the piano. The course will also include an open workshop, masterclass session, a Q and A session with Prosecco(!), and a final concert for those who would like to perform.

Applications are invited from pre-formed groups with piano (individuals welcome if we can match you with others) and participants are required to send their chosen repertoire prior to the course. Suggestions for repertoire can be provided upon application.

Resident: £280 Non-Resident: £205 Code: 19/20U