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New Workshops

There are two new 1-day technique and ideas workshops. These are places to focus our thoughts and explore ideas.

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: 30th May 2020, 10.00am–3.00pm

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

Fee: £85

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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.

Fee: £120