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An opportunity to play chamber music with specialist coaching in a friendly and supportive environment.


Resident: £420 Non-Resident: £320 Code: 20/357

What is the course about?

Join pianist Stephen Gutman, oboist Sarah Francis, clarinettist Ian Mitchell and bassoonist Robert Codd to explore a wide range of works including the wonderful repertoire for piano and wind. Pieces typically include the Sextets by Poulenc and Thuille, the Quintets by Mozart and Beethoven and Saint-Saëns’ Caprice for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano. Trios are also typically on the menu. For our wind players there will also be the opportunity to explore some of the fine repertoire for wind such as Janáček's Mlady and the Mortensen Wind Quintet.  Drawing on their extensive experience as soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians, the tutors will offer specialist coaching. Pre-formed groups, with or without pianists, are encouraged to apply for this course, as are individual pianists and wind players. There will be mixing and matching for everyone according to repertoire and standards. Pianists should be capable of playing works such as Beethoven’s Piano and Wind Quintet with some facility, and everyone who comes should be a good sight-reader. We ask for at least Grade 8 standard for this selective course.

What will we cover?

Chamber music for piano and wind; chamber music for wind; ways to achieve good ensemble, exploring intonation, articulation and pedalling issues, and awareness of texture and harmonic structure.

What will we accomplish?

You will experience the joy of playing chamber music; gain greater knowledge of the repertoire; gain deeper insights into the music.

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


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

Pianists will be put in touch with Stephen to discuss repertoire at least six weeks in advance. Around four works will be chosen. These need not be of equal difficulty but pianists are asked to prepare sufficiently to play to a level of some fluency. Players will be organised into groups for each session. Some tutoring will be provided in each session, carefully tailored to the needs of the group.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Pianists are asked to bring their own scores. Wind players are welcome to bring their own scores if there is something they would particularly like to play (please inform Stephen if this is the case). Otherwise scores will be provided.

What previous participants said about this course…

“A great opportunity to play a mix of familiar and unfamiliar repertoire, with some good musicians I may not have not met before, and with helpful professional support.”

“An opportunity to play familiar and new pieces with good players, old friends, and an opportunity to meet new ones.”

“Well worthwhile.”

“Quite challenging but highly rewarding.”

Booking for Members opens at 9am on Tuesday 7 January 2020. Non-Nember and Online booking opens at 9am on Monday 3 February 2020. For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking see here.