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Unsung Heroes Cello Ensemble, Summer School Course

25th–30th July 2021
The end of all good music is to affect the soul.
Monteverdi

I Love This Week!

This is the central course of the year. It has a strong following and friendships are forged in this festival-feel atmosphere. It is attended by players from Grade 3 standard to infinity (including some professionals looking for time for themselves) Players come from America, Mexico, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain and from around the UK. If you are flying in and need to rent a cello, please ask.

Each year we have an immersive programme of music and ideas. We work on technique as a response to the music each morning in classes. We develop ideas through improvising. We play ensemble games. We look at history and develop our relationship to the music and its writer. We do a lot more besides. As this has to be a holistic week covering body use and care, we look at the illuminating thoughts of and behind, the Alexander Technique.

We prepare for a performance at the course end and we have a phenomenal time together. Our venue is a de-consecrated church. It is a lovely, spacious place and an ideal home for us and this music. In the evenings, those who want to, meet up in restaurants, pubs or cafes. We have a group supper too. Some people come and stay in hotels or B&Bs – others commute in by car or train (we are very close to the station where you can also park).

Rehearsals are daily from 9.30am to 3.30pm. New in 2021 is the new Spotlight Class which will extend the day to 4.45pm on Monday and Tuesday.

Details

Time: 9.30am–3.30pm (except Monday and Tuesday 9.30am–4.45pm)

Date: Sunday 25th to Friday 30th July 2021

Venue: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2LE

Fee: £690 – includes delicious lunches and coffees

Your music is sent out one month ahead of the course. I recommend listening to performances of the original and getting familiar with your part ahead of rehearsal. Minimum age of 16 to infinity.

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What They Say

Nothing I can say here will tell you how much this week has meant to me.

You inspire, encourage and build confidence in such a natural way that nothing seems confined.