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The Online Timeline Series

Season 1

We all want to be as rounded a musician as possible and that’s a pretty big ask. We all have our preferences, and the groups & orchestras we play in, take us down certain paths which enrich and educate us, but sometimes we find a hole in our knowledge!

The new Online Timeline Series is here for you to jump aboard and learn more about a remarkable piece of music, its composer, an era, its style that may otherwise have passed you by. Musical architecture, polyphony, phrasing, the place of music in society are all a part of this quest for a better understanding and roundedness.

We will play, discuss and explore from your – the player’s point of view – a particular piece of music from the wide library of Unsung Heroes Cello Ensemble scores. These now range from Josquin and John Taverner (1490–1545), through to Tchaikovsky & Elgar and well on into the twentieth century.

Though there are some restrictions online, you can play, though not as a group. You may want to bring a notebook too. I see this as a massive opportunity for us to do detailed work that really moves you on because we have these restrictions.

Just a thought – you may think a particular composer, (say Josquin for instance) isn’t for you. Don’t rule things out too easily as all these people, whose music I want to share with you, have so much light to shine for us. As cellists, there is so much music we miss because we have so much already written for us. This is an opportunity that I personally have loved developing.

Your score is sent to you on booking your place and there are 10 places per class, so we keep the lesson small, detailed and personal. Do look at all the parts if you can, so you get under the skin of the music.

Some classes may attract larger numbers so can be repeated and this will be announced.

In Season 1 we will be playing music by Tomkins, Tchaikovsky, Dowland, Palestrina, Tallis, Debussy, Byrd and Haydn.

I will inform you of any changes to the repertoire.


Date: 25th July, 15th August, 12th September, 17th October, 14th November, 12th December 2020

Venue: Zoom

Fee: £25 per class