Chamber music: advanced

Course Dates: 16/01/20 - 02/04/20
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Elisabeth Hobbs
Gisela Meyer

Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a wide variety of repertoire. For players at grade 6 or above with good sight-reading skills, who like to perform. Please contact the Music department to enrol. Tutor: Gisela Meyer [external website].


What is the course about?

You will play various chamber music works in a variety of mixed instrumental groups, and experience at first hand the colours and possibilities of various instruments. Works will be selected by the tutor in consultation with the students, according to skill, experience and musical tastes and interests. Commitment to the course and regular attendance is essential.

What will we cover?

- A selection of chamber music works appropriate to the abilities of the players.
- Listening skills when rehearsing and performing chamber music works.
- How to practise efficiently in order to achieve a good performance.

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

- play and perform with an improved sense of rhythm
- play with a better sense of phrasing and timbre
- react more sensitively with other players in a chamber music ensemble
- understand in detail the stylistic features of pieces studied and performed in class
- identify the characteristics of different instruments
- perform to other students and friends and in more formal concerts.

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

You should be playing at Grade 6 standard or above and a good sense of rhythm as well as good sight-reading skills.
You will need to work co-operatively with other students in the group and receptive to tutor feedback.
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?

This is a practical course, with tutoring every week in the various groups you play with.
You will be expected to practise between sessions and be committed to the course and your fellow ensemble members.

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

Please bring your own instrument (pianos are provided) and a pencil.
Where possible, students supply their own music. City Lit Music department has a library of chamber music, and music is also available from public libraries, with especially good collections at Barbican and Westminster.
A great deal of suitable repertoire is available for free online from the Petrucci Music Library [external website].

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

Players continue in the course for as many terms as they wish. Different repertoire is covered each term.
You may also be interested in our wide range of Musicianship and Music appreciation courses.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit 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.

If you are a good amateur musician this is a wonderful course in which to explore playing a wide range of chamber music or music for duets or trios in a non threatening and supportive environment
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/04/2019)
It's a great way to play with groups you otherwise might not be able to play with and to try new repertoire with friendly, welcoming, like-minded people.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 28/03/2019)
You need to be aware of what music you want to play, and commit to being there every week. It is very frustrating to set up a quintet and find that two people are regularly missing!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 28/03/2019)
Take it!
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Review by Janet Coldstream / (Posted on 22/12/2018)
It was amazing how a group of people with a broad range of musical ability and experience worked together to produce a moving performance at the end of term. The tutors were perfect, encouraging but challenging too.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
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Course Code: ME104B

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Thu, day, 16 Jan - 02 Apr '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £239.00
Senior fee: £191.00
Concession: £146.00

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