Orchestra workshop

Course Dates: 16/07/19 - 17/07/19
Time: 11:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Anthony Bailey
Robert Puzey

A fun, intensive workshop for players of orchestral instruments of Grade 6 level upwards with good music reading skills. Please contact the music department for availability of places for your instrument. Please note that clarinet and flute places have all been taken. Tutors: Anthony Bailey (conductor) & Robert Puzey (leader).


What is the course about?

You will learn to play orchestral music from the standard repertoire in a friendly, supportive atmosphere, with a conductor and professional leader (principal violin). We will focus on following phrasing and playing effectively together as an ensemble.
Please contact the Music Department to ensure we have a place for your instrument. Music will be posted to you in good time before the course. Repertoire:. Mozart Symphony No 31 in D "Paris" K.297
DvorákCzech Suite Op.39 [extra parts will be supplied for instruments who do not play in all movements of the original].

What will we cover?

Learning how to follow a conductor's beat, exploring how to play core orchestral repertoire stylishly and accurately. Learn how to blend your instruments together to make a pleasing orchestral sound, becoming aware of balance, intonation and improving reading ability.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Better play orchestral music and feel more confident
- Be familiar with some core repertoire
- Follow a conductor
- Understand orchestral texture.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You should have been playing your instrument consistently and be at least grade 6 standard. You must also feel comfortable with sight-reading, although you can access the music beforehand online.
You will need to confident with notation as this course does not involve teaching any basic music theory. A certain level of technical proficiency is essential as the tutor will not be focusing on instrumental technique in the class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be learn in one large group, taught by the conductor, for most of the course.
Part of the course will comprise separate wind and string sectional rehearsals.
You should prepare your own part in advance, as this is an intensive workshop.
The last part of the course will be an informal performance of all pieces.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your instrument, a pencil and eraser to mark up your part during rehearsal.
Cello & double bass Build has 4 cellos and 1 double bass. Please ask in advance if you wish to use one of these instruments during the course, to ensure availability.
Large instruments may be stored at Build overnight, but at your own risk.
You will need to print out your instrumental part from the website IMSLP (follow the links above).
If you are unable to do this, please contact the Music Department and we can post the music to you.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Related Summer school courses include Improvising in classical music, Baroque music on modern instruments, String summer school, String ensemble: summer season, Chamber music: introduction, Build wind ensemble: summer season.
Weekday Orchestra workshop runs four times per year (July, September, December, April). Short-course weekend Orchestra workshop runs on Sundays (November, February, May).

See Music-Ensembles for details of regular courses including String ensemble, String quartets, trios and duos, Build wind ensemble, Chamber music: intermediate, Chamber music ensembles.
You may also be interested in Music appreciation courses, which range from the general introduction Exploring Classical Music through to specialist courses on all eras and genres of western music.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

This course is great to play a part in a full orchestra in a structured and supportive environment. One gets a real sense of achievement being able to play through orchestral pieces at the end of the day.
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Review by Barbara / (Posted on 19/05/2019)
Yes, do it. It is worthwhile.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/05/2019)
A challenging but rewarding musical experience. A cheeky but encouraging conductor. A great choice of rep. A good atmosphere.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/04/2019)
Really good course - well-paced, good and varied choice of repertoire and the course leaders make you want to do your best.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/04/2019)
Friendly, fun, rewarding, intensive, value for money, great conductor, well organised.
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 20/02/2019)
An enjoyable experience with a knowledgeable, patient and sympathetic conductor.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/02/2019)
It’s an incredible and very fulfilling experience playing beautiful pieces with other amateur musicians. Even if you think the pieces are too difficult, by the end of the course you can play them.
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Review by Kate / (Posted on 17/02/2019)
Definitely a worthwhile course - very helpful conductor who manages to make everyone play to the best of their ability and somehow brings together a disparate group of amateur "musicians"and make them sound reasonable
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Review by A violinist / (Posted on 13/12/2018)
Hard work but really worth doing. Lovely to do play through on day 2 and hear/feel the improvement.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/12/2018)
Great way to improve your playing and sight reading. Excellent tutor/conductor with a range of music to play which is sent in advance.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/12/2018)
Scary and exhilarating in equal measure, a real experience.
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Review by Jabberlucky / (Posted on 19/07/2018)
Always an excellent course, with a really positive and encouraging conductor who brings the best out of everyone.
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Review by Ange / (Posted on 31/08/2016)
[The tutor] makes Gold out of ordinary metals.
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Review by Peter / (Posted on 31/07/2015)
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Course Code: ME827D

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, day, 16 Jul - 17 Jul '19

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £55.00
Concession: £40.00

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