Clarinet advanced workshop and ensembles

Course Dates: 20/04/20 - 29/06/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street

If you have a minimum of four years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 5 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire, and enjoy some ensemble playing. Offered every term. Break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).


What is the course about?

This course covers the technique and musicianship relevant to the pieces taught. Associated techniques such as finger dexterity and tone projection are taught through the use of studies and exercises in this friendly and enjoyable class.

What will we cover?

- Two or three pieces are studied each term covering musical and technical aspects
- Weekly technical exercises are set to work on breathing, tone, articulation, intonation, or the altissimo register
- There is always discussion in class to which all the students contribute
- Ensemble pieces are studied, or presented as sight reading exercises.

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

- Be more familiar with clarinet repertoire from musical and technical perspectives
- Play and perform with greater technical ability
- Demonstrate an awareness of elements of good performance (musicianship/sensitivity)
- Apply knowledge of new and existing techniques to clarinet playing
- Perform with confidence in solo and group playing
- Participate in a successful end-of-term performance.

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

The repertoire is grade 5 standard and upwards, including Classical, Romantic and modern composers. We will work through appropriate studies and other technical work as well as duos/trios etc. to warm up. Students should have an appropriate level of technique before enrolling: a good basic sound, ability to play comfortably and fluently in the middle and chalumeau registers, with some experience of the altissimo register.

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?

Learning as a group, but playing in various combinations from the entire group to individuals. The tutor tries to hear each student play on their own at least once each week.
A regular practise routine outside class time is essential to make progress in this course.

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

Students need their own Bb clarinet and supply of reeds. Music will be supplied and recommended by the tutor, usually one or two printed books (approx. cost £10 each). You may also be able to borrow music from public libraries or download it from IMSLP.

Have you read our guide to local music shops and choosing instruments? Where to buy music and instruments This blog post lists some of our local music shops and gives specific advice on clarinets, pianos and more.

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

You may continue in Clarinet: advanced workshop and ensembles for as many terms as you wish.
You may also be interested in Flute and clarinet choir (occasional short course), City Lit wind ensemble,
Chamber music: advanced, or one of City Lit's many Musicianship or Music History courses.


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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.

A wonderful course and a lovely start to the week. Fun, informative and very supportive. A really excellent tutor. I can't recommend it highly (especially for those of us who are musically challenged!)
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
This is a superb course and if you’re at the appropriate standard you will get great experience of playing with others and learn a lot.
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Review by Paul / (Posted on 18/07/2019)
The tutor is an excellent teacher. He’s patient, respectful and absolutely brilliant at combining technical and thorough teaching points and practices with fun playing that make the students (whatever their are abilities) feel rewarded, challenged and accepted. I have particularly enjoyed this term work on the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. It was so rewarding to be able to tackle the 1st movement and to see how George patiently worked with us to teach to play the piece whilst making progress on technique and expression. I look forward to continuing studying with this tutor and thank him for his fantastic work.
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Review by Caterina / (Posted on 15/07/2019)
This is a great course for taking your skills to the next level. The tutor is a creative, sensitive and inspiring tutor who understands the needs of adult learners and who provides individual feedback in a supportive and facilitative manner. The course is fun and motivating.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 08/04/2019)
If you're the right standard you should definitely do it
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Review by Paul / (Posted on 31/03/2019)
Do it!
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Review by Susan / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
Tutor Biographies
George Sleightholme

George is a freelance clarinet and bass clarinet player and teacher. Having graduated with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music (MA, 2010), George regularly plays in Brandenburg Sinfonia in London with players from the top London orchestras. He is a member of Kidenza Orchestra, performing classical orchestral music to thousands of young audience members every year. George has given many premieres, including pieces for the LSO's Soundhub scheme and in various national festivals. He has recorded widely, including at Abbey Road Studios. George has released two albums with his group iyatraQuartet, to critical acclaim. They were awarded the Kennedy Award 2019 by violinist Nigel Kennedy. George has led music workshops for Music for Autism, Aldeburgh Participate! and Bristol Pre-Conservatoire, and performed several operas for Royal Opera House Education and Outreach. He also conducts Surbiton Royal British Legion Marching Band and Palace Band in Alexandra Palace and at Benslow Music.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: ME149C

Mon, eve, 20 Apr - 29 Jun '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £189.00
Concession: £115.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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