undefinedWorking mainly in tango, popular and contemporary music, Caroline has toured throughout Europe, in Australia, Argentina, North Africa and the Middle East.

Dive into the exotic world of Argentinian tango music – filled with romantic melodies, pounding bass and exhilarating syncopations. Tango is a rich fusion between Italian opera, Spanish habanera, African rhythms and Eastern European gypsy music.


Resident: £339 Non-Resident: £246 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 22/241

Booking for Members opens at 11am on Monday 10 January 2022.

Non-Member and online booking opens at 11am on Monday 7 February 2022.

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.

What is the course about?

Caroline Pearsall has been working as a professional tango violinist for the past 17 years, touring all over the world with various tango groups and shows and currently runs the London Tango Orchestra and Orchestra Escuela. This course will show you some of the unusual percussive instrumental techniques used in tango playing as well as introducing you to some of the most famous orchestral styles (Canaro, Di Sarli, Pugliese, D'Arienzo...). There will be some pieces by Astor Piazzolla and you will discover more about where he came from and the kind of interpretive freedom needed to fill his music with tango soul straight from Buenos Aires!

Tango music is filled with syncopations and dramatic phrasing, and has its own unique swing to it. You will learn about what makes tango tango and discover new ways of playing expressively on your instrument. Learning to play tango also invites you to learn more about improvising and discovering your own musical voice. We’re looking for strings, flute, clarinet, piano, bass and bandoneons (or accordions) to recreate the sound of a typical tango orchestra. The arrangements can be made to cater to all levels so if you fancy a bit of tango don't hesitate to join us, whatever your level. Ability to read music necessary.

Tutor website: www.carolinepearsall.com

What will we cover?

Tango Rhythms, Articulation, Phrasing, Styles from the last 100 years, Percussive Effects, embellishing melodies, beginning improvisation

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

Play with more expression and freedom

Play some new techniques and sounds

Have a global idea of tango music from the last 100 years

Get an insight into the richness, variety and uniqueness of this music

Understand more about how to find your own musical voice

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

You need to be able to read music

You need to enjoy trying new things and be interested in discovering a lot more about syncopations

An interest in improvisation can be helpful

Standard: Improver, Confident, Skilful

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

This course functions as an orchestra/chamber group

Ideally you will learn the notes before coming – so we can get deeper into the music

The tutor will coach the group, show how to work on certain passages, give advice for practise

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Yes, it will be available on this website… please download and print your parts and learn the notes beforehand and please listen to the mp3s provided too.

Is there anything I need to bring?

Pencils and manuscript paper

What previous participants said about this course…

“I had such a great time on this course. Caroline is a very knowledgeable and excellent tutor. Lots of fun and learning new techniques too.”

“A very interesting and detailed insight into tango techniques delivered with enthusiasm and skill.”

“Caroline was an excellent teacher. She is s talent in Argentine tango and had good pedagogical abilities and lots of patience.”