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An intensive three-day course working on repertoire for String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra.


Resident: £453 Non-Resident: £345 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 21/R26

Booking for Members opens at 9am on Monday 12 April 2021. 

Non-Member and online booking opens at 9am on Monday 10 May 2021. 

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

What is the course about?

A popular course in our programme, viola player and experienced orchestral tutor Ruth Cohen and exciting young conductor Sam Scheer will lead the Chamber Orchestra. This time we will be working on the first and last movements of Beethoven Symphony No 1. Parts for this work are available to download from the IMSLP website, so participants can download and practise in advance.  We will also split the winds and strings and choose selected movements from the Brook Green Suite for Strings by Holst and movements of Old Wine in New Bottles by Gordon Jacob for winds – flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns and trumpets.  Scanned parts will be available.

What will we cover?

The focus will be on building the confidence of players as both individuals and string/wind ensemble and chamber orchestra members, to get to know some wonderful repertoire, and to develop a sense of camaraderie.

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

Feel confident playing the chosen repertoire, to be able to engage with the group as an integral member of the orchestra and to celebrate the joy of making music together.

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

Improver, Confident, Skilful

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

The course will be taught in wind, strings and full rehearsals and feedback and support will be provided throughout the course. Whilst there is no need for preparation in advance, players may wish to look at the music before the course to get maximum enjoyment during the course.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Yes and downloadable from IMSLP.

Is there anything I need to bring?

Just you and your instrument!

What previous participants said about this course…

“We played wonderful music and the tutors gave us lots of guidelines and information as to how to interpret and play it appropriately. They were able to pitch the level to our abilities, yet push us to improve. They made it enjoyable.”

“It is a rare chance for learners of intermediate standard to play serious music in a mixed ensemble, to learn rehearsal techniques, to follow a conductor, and yet it is also like a retreat from normal life.”