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 Online Time Line Series has really found a place in your lives. Join us to 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 & 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 far into the twentieth century.
Though there are some restrictions online, we can all play using the mute button, though not as a group. This is an exciting opportunity for players to have the chance to play as many parts as they wish as we play together.
You may want to bring a notebook too and I do send out further notes to help you continue the development after the class. I see this as a massive opportunity for us to do detailed work that really moves you on because we have these apparent 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 15 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.
Time: 6.00pm–8.15pm (waiting room opens at 5.45pm for tuning)
Dates: Saturdays – 9th April, 25th June, 17th September, 10th December 2022
Fee: £25 per class
What They Say
A wonderful class today. I’m so inspired and love so much the detail and insight in your teaching and playing. You have given me more dimension and deeper thoughts into how to practise.
I just wanted to say 'Thank You' for such a beautiful and inspiring class today. I think they are all beautiful... the classes you teach.
Today's class I found exceptional, and I found myself feeling so very fortunate. Here we are two years into a pandemic and all our lives have changed in so many ways. And there I sit with these lovely cellists on Zoom, of all ages and abilities, and you with your insight, knowledge, gentleness, and wit giving us such direction and inspiration! Some things have become little miracles and teaching or taking classes on Zoom is one of those positive things that has come during this difficult time. I feel like it is a lifeline when playing ensemble music is not possible. Today's class was such a gift for me.