Students are mostly adults, although we welcome young cellists from thirteen upwards if they are fine with playing with adults.
Each workshop usually explores one piece of music. Through it, we develop your ensemble playing skills and musical understanding through games, improvisation, analysis and singing.
Every piece you play has a rich life that stimulates exploration of musical ideas that will need technical exploration and development too. We put the music into its historical context as I feel we all need to know something of the life, character and nature of its creator. You then start building a more solid sense of the inter-connectedness of music, society, culture and artistic expression.
I hope that you too will find that what this music does for your playing is remarkable.
Students leave workshops with notes to continue the momentum and the scores, which are sent when you have booked your place, are yours to keep. I provide music stands, black holes for your spike, pencils, cushions and coffees.
Unsung Heroes Cello Ensemble 2020
27th June: A Midsummer’s Dream — St John the Evangelist, Cambridge
10th October: Northern Voices — North European music, Lewes
21st November: Melancholy and Loss – Composers of WWI, Lewes
All run from 10.00am until 3.30pm. All cost £80.
Venue: All take place in Lewes at St Thomas’s Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2AH except on 27th June when we are at the Church of St John the Evangelist, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN.
You can park free at both venues. Both are a 10-minute walk from the station.
What They Say
Nothing I can say here will tell you how much that week has meant to me.
I am amazed at how much you taught me in a week and grateful to have been your pupil.
It was superb and terrific and memorable and jolly interesting.
I learnt so much and never cease to be amazed at how much learning the cello can teach me about myself. Your approach and understanding of the learning process make it even more valuable.
Beautiful music, great company and your amazing teaching! What a week! I’ve woken up to that magical music playing in my head for the last few days and miss the group.
Thank you so much for your patience and unending positivity.