Cello advanced workshop

Course Dates: 11/01/22 - 29/03/22
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
An online course for students who have been playing for at least four years and are at around grade 5 standard. You will be encouraged to play in all clefs regularly and be comfortable in positions including thumb position. This course is offered every term.
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Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00

Course Code: ME122B

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Tue, eve, 11 Jan - 29 Mar '22

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2630

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What is the course about?

This course is for students who have been playing for at least 4 years and who are playing at Grade 5 standard and above. You will develop your technique, learn works from the solo repertoire, and learn music for cello ensemble. There will be opportunities for formal and informal performance.

What will we cover?

- Technical work: scales and arpeggios up to four flats/sharps, chromatic scales (up to 3 octaves), studies
- Vibrato, playing in higher positions, shifting, and chords
- Bowing techniques for control of tone and articulation, string crossing
- Reading and playing in all three clefs
- Works from the solo cello repertoire
- Practice discipline, including playing with a metronome
- Awareness of musical structure and style
- Ensemble repertoire
- Developing confidence in performing.

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

- Acquire solid proficiency in all neck positions and thumb position
- Explore above thumb position
- Sight read more fluently
- Play with improved tone production and vibrato
- Play ensemble music covering various periods and styles
- Move comfortably between bass, tenor and treble clefs
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of some solo repertoire
- Improve performance technique and confidence.

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

You need at least four years regular tuition or grade 5 equivalent or above. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.

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

Classes are taught through through tutor explanation and demonstration, class discussion, playing along with the tuto, technical work, studies, solo and some ensemble repertoire. Music provided by the tutor will cater for the range of levels of experience in this class. A daily practise routine is essential for progress at this level (at least 30 mins 5 times per week is recommended).
There will be opportunities for informal and formal performances.

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

Please bring your cello, a pencil, and a folder to keep your music organised.
The tutor will provide some musical material, but you may also need to borrow or purchase music. A great deal of suitable repertoire is available online from Petrucci Music Library.

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

You may stay in this course for as long as you wish. There is scope for progression within this class to a high standard of playing.
You may also be interested in other ensemble opportunities: Orchestra workshop, String Chamber music and Chamber music ensembles.
City Lit also has a wide range of Music theory, Practical musicianship and Music appreciation courses that support
your practical learning.

Una Birtchnell

Una has a successful freelance career as a cellist, performing as soloist, quartet member and in numerous ensembles and orchestras, including the Ulster Orchestra, Garden Opera, English Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. She collaborates with chamber choirs, cabaret acts and for Live Music Now and the BBC, conducts and arranges music for four regular orchestras, conducts the Lewisham Junior Orchestra, and had played for many recording sessions including the best-selling album, Dummy by Portishead, and a recent album of female composers. Sherecently formed a piano trio with Gisela Myer and Natalee Jeremic. Una plays a 1790s Hardy cello. In 2017, Una won Classic FM Peripatetic Teacher of the Year, for which she was nomintated by her City Lit students and endorsed by her other college and private students, who range from six to over 80 years old. The citation praised Una’s ability to “bring a miracle mix of laughter, encouragement, and challenge to everyone she teaches” and her “ability to seek out areas for improvement in the most constructive way,“ with an ideal mix of solo and ensemble repertoire and technical work.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.