City Lit wind ensemble

Course Dates: 30/04/19 - 09/07/19
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Karen Betley

Explore the wonderful repertoire for mixed wind ensemble, developing your technical, musical and ensemble skills. You need to play at Grade 5 standard or higher. Please contact the Music Department to find out if there is a place for your instrument. Tutor: Karen Betley. Mid-term break: 28 May

Contact the Music department for advice about joining this course.


What is the course about?

This course give you an opportunity to improve your ensemble skills and explore a wide range of musical styles. Different repertoire is studied every term.
If there are no places this term for your instrument, you may be interested in one of our other ensemble short courses:
Flute and clarinet choir
Brass workshop
Orchestra workshop
Orchestra workshop: weekend.

What will we cover?

The course will focus on a number of pieces each term in a variety of styles. Various aspects of ensemble technique - tuning, balance, interpretation etc - will be explored according to the demands of the repertoire. The works will then be performed at the end of term.

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

- have a greater awareness of tuning and balance within an ensemble
- have improved articulation and dynamic control within an ensemble
- have an ability to adapt the above techniques according to the style of a piece
- show that you have gained experience in preparing for a performance.

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

Playing standard of at least grade 5, with confident sight-reading skills.
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?

Rehearsals, discussion and exercises.
You will be expected to practise your parts outside class time.

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

Some sheet music may be required. Please bring a pencil.

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

You are welcome to stay in the Wind Ensemble for as many terms as you wish. Different repertoire is covered each term.
City Lit also has other ensemble courses for wind players, including Big band, Chamber music ensembles, Orchestra workshop, and specialist short coursese during the Summer School each year.
You may also be interested in our wide range of Music appreciation, Practical Musicianship or Music theory 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.

Be prepared to practise and improve, but it's hugely enjoyable
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Review by David Walker / (Posted on 27/03/2019)
you must be willing to practice at home, you also must enjoy playing music....
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Review by S mag / (Posted on 22/11/2018)
An excellent course.
Varied choice of music. Very competent tutor. Well organised. Good balance of instruments. Most enjoyable.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/11/2018)
If you want first rate wind chamber group experience, try this
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Review by David Walker / (Posted on 13/11/2018)
The class atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, and everyone is encouraged to do their best in a supportive manner.
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Review by JJ / (Posted on 24/08/2015)
[The tutor] is an excellent teacher and leads the course with great attention to detail. This pushes the group to fairly high standards but all the practice is worth it.a range of music is played from light swing numbers to some serious classical music.
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Review by Jane / (Posted on 01/07/2015)

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Course Code: ME100C

Full Tue, eve, 30 Apr - 09 Jul '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £149.00
Concession: £91.00

Call us to check your level, see if you can still join the course or to discuss other suitable courses

020 7492 2630

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.