Early music ensemble

Course Dates: 24/04/24 - 03/07/24
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Location: Keeley Street
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An ensemble for musicians interested in learning the skills of playing consort music in different instrumental combinations (broken consort). It will be a journey exploring the variety of sound combinations in 17th century repertoire. Break week: 29 May 2024.
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  • Course Code: ME160C
  • Dates: 24/04/24 - 03/07/24
  • Time: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Taught: Wed, Daytime
  • Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Caoimhe de Paor

Course Code: ME160C

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Full Wed, day, 24 Apr - 03 Jul '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

In the 17th century it was common to play music with instruments from more than one family (mixed string and wind instruments) where parts are interchangeable: the broken consort. This group will explore different sound combinations in repertoire from the 17th century. We will play at modern pitch (A=440). Instruments suitable for the ensemble are:
- recorders and/or viols (any size), flute, violin, viola, oboe, cello, bassoon
- keyboards: harpsichord, clavichord, spinet (digital keyboard provided by the college)
Please inform the music department which instument you play when signing up: email the Music Department or phone (020) 4582 0412.

What will we cover?

- How to play in tune in a mixed instrumental group
- Elements of early Baroque interpretation such as phrasing and articulation, tempo and tempo changes
- Studying scores to understand how the parts fit together into a musical whole.

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

- play better in tune in a mixed-instrument small ensemble
- respond to the playing of others in a small ensemble
- better understand elements of early Baroque style and interpretation.

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

- You need to be at least Grade 5 standard on your instrument. You need good music-reading skills, but you do not have to be able to sight-read
- You should be willing to be adventurous e.g. with adding embellishments and interpreting ornamentation
- Previous experience of ensemble playing is helpful but not essential.

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

• Tutor explanation, presentation and demonstration
• Group playing, and some sectional playing
• Practising your own parts for pieces
• Listening and score reading.

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

Please have your own instrument(s), a pencil and eraser. All musical material will be provided by the tutor.

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

You may take as many terms of Early music ensemble as you wish. City Lit also offers a wide range of instrumental classes for violin/viola, cello, flute and piano/keyboards, String ensemble, String school, Chamber music and Orchestra workshop.
You may also be interested in Music history courses, which cover a wide range of topics from medieval to contemporary popular music.

Caoimhe de Paor

Having graduated top of her class from the Cork School of Music (B.Mus), Caoimhe moved to London, where she gained a distinction in her Masters in Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was also awarded the school's Concert Recital Diploma (for outstanding recital performance). Caoimhe went on to become an Artist Fellow at the conservatoire and was also invited to take part in the Handel House Talent Scheme (2014-15). She has studied with Ian Wilson, Robert Ehrlich, Pamela Thorby (GSMD) and Elizabeth Jones (CSM), as well as pariticipating in masterclasses with Kees Boeke, Karl van Steenhoven, Piers Adams, Sebastien Marq, Dan Laurin, Drora Bruck and Eric Bosgraaf. Caoimhe has achieved a number of competition successes in Ireland and the UK. She was a semi-finalist in the Irish Freemason's Young Musician of the Year for two consecutive years, a finalist in the Worshipful Company of Needlemaker's competition, a finalist in the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarships and won first prize in the Recorder Conservatoire competition at the North London Festival of Music. www.palisanderecorders.com

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.