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
Cancelled: A Midsummer’s Dream — St John the Evangelist, Cambridge
Cancelled: 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.
Techniques Series – All About My Bow, Part 1
We play through our body. It follows that we need to understand how movement and body use helps us to create sound and ultimately, to create a meaningful performance of a piece of music as naturally as possible.
Our technical skills will always be mined deeper as we grow as cellists. We need to give time and understanding to our skills to develop them. This new series will take aspects of technique and dig deep.
On 21st March we begin with All About My Bow which is an all-day, in-depth exploration of the life of our bow. Our bows are our voice and an extension of our arms. We learn how to speak, articulate, sing, dance and emote through them.
I will have a wide-ranging selection of material for you, which we will explore together. We will focus on specific bow-techniques and check for any holes in our technique and perceptions.
Date: 10th October 2020, 10.00am–3.00pm
Venue: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2LE.
Icons – Prequel to the Performance Workshop
In September 2019, I created Icons, as a prequel to the Performance workshop, based on my experiences of group classes at the RCM. In music colleges it is common for a teacher to hold a long class for sonatas or concertos, to have an outing with a pianist. They are not performance classes, nor are they a masterclass.
The repertoire set is central and we will all be playing, and performing one or more of these in our musical lives. The purpose is to learn by listening and watching others, by hearing observations and other people’s ideas and to get used to running a piece.
Julian Broughton, our fabulous pianist, will be here to share in duo-coaching. Julian is also a composer and conductor and is an ideal and lovely musician to work with. The day is to allow for the process of developing the many aspects involved in bringing a piece of music to life.
- Bring 1, 2 or all of these pieces
- Mendelssohn – Song without words op 109
- Schumann – Fantasie stucke op 73 n3, Rasch und mit feuer
- Beethoven – Sonata in A op69 Scherzo
Date: May 2021, 10.00am–4.00pm
Venue: St Thomas’s Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2AH. Parking is free. Alternatively, the station is a 10-minute walk away.
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.