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Very good for those who do not often play in small groups. Also great for playing a wide range of musical styles. It really makes you listen to yourself and the other players - whereas, in a larger group (e.g. a wind band), it's very easy to hide!

STANDARD: UPPER INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED

Resident: £295 Non-Resident: £215 Code: 20/216

What is the course about?

Peter Bassano, former Head of Brass at the Royal College of Music and trombonist with the Philharmonia and Equale Brass, leads this exciting and friendly course which is perfect both for pre-formed small brass ensembles and individual players of trumpet, trombone, horn and tuba. This course is suitable for a wide range of standards from about Grade 4 upwards. Any pre-formed groups will have to be prepared to mix and match with other course members, while individual applicants may be carefully allocated to small ensembles according to aptitude. We will explore a wide range of repertoire and play music for larger forces, while Peter, who is also a deeply experienced and sought-after teacher, Music Director of the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor with Grimethorpe Colliery Band, will also willingly help out with technical and presentational matters.

Tutor website: www.peterbassano.com

What will we cover?

The brass ensemble remains a developing genre covering four centuries of repertoire in contrasting styles. We aim to cover as wide a range of repertoire as possible but always with the highest performance standards in mind.

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Learning aims to further individual technical abilities, to develop ensemble skills, adjusting to balance, style and intonation. 

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Lower/Upper Intermediate, Advanced

A good command of the instrument from Grade 4 up will ensure a comfortable course. The ability to read music is essential, although perfect sight-reading isn’t expected

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

The course tends to be conducted as a brass ensemble rehearsal but with care that no-one is placed in an uncomfortable position. Historic and musical associations are highlighted. No specific preparation is required but participants should be aware that the course is intensive and so they need to be in good shape to avoid stamina issues. Individual players are encouraged to seek private tutor feedback if they wish.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Music won’t be provided in advance of the course because we endevour to provide one-to-a-part ensembles until all applications are finalised, it is impossible to predict repertoire. Participants are encouraged to bring their own music but music will be provided by the tutor on the course.

Is there anything I need to bring?

A selection of mutes.

What previous participants said about this course…

“Excellent experience, good for sight reading and developing stamina. Good advice without being picked-on. Also Peter is an excellent musician and story teller!”

“Excellent don't be afraid if you are new or experienced. To play together is what music is about.”

“Very good for those who do not often play in small groups. Also great for playing a wide range of musical styles. It really makes you listen to yourself and the other players - whereas, in a larger group (e.g. a wind band), it's very easy to hide!”