Orchestra workshop

Course Dates: 23/02/20
Time: 10:30 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Paul Sarcich

A fun, intensive workshop for players of orchestral instruments of Grade 6 level upwards, with good music reading skills. Please click the 'Start interview' button to apply, or contact the Music Department directly.


What is the course about?

You will learn to play orchestral music from the standard repertoire in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. We will focus on following phrasing and playing effectively together as an ensemble. Please note that you may be required to play 1st or 2nd, and we will advise you on this after you have enrolled. Sheet music will be posted to you by the Music department once you have enrolled. Repertoire: Schubert Symphony No 1 in D major D.82 [includes parts for horns, trumpets and timpani].

What will we cover?

- how to follow a conductor's beat
- how to play core orchestral repertoire stylishly and accurately
- how to blend your instruments together to make a pleasing orchestral sound
- awareness of balance and intonation.

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

- Follow a conductor
- feel more confident in playing your own part
- feel more confident playing in the ensemble
- be familiar with some core repertoire
- understand orchestral texture.

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

You should be at least grade 6 standard on your instrument, reading music confidently and accurately. Technical proficiency is essential as the tutors will not focus on instrumental technique in the course.
As this is an intensive workshop, you will need to learn your instrumental part in advance (unless you are a very good sight-reader!).

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

You will learn in one large group, taught by the conductor, for most of the course.
You should prepare your own part in advance, as this is an intensive workshop.
The last part of the course will be an informal performance of all pieces.

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

Please bring your instrument, a hard copy of your instrumental part (see instructions above), and a pencil and eraser to mark up your part during rehearsal.

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

Orchestra workshop runs as intensive 1-day (Sunday) or 2-day (Tues-Wed) courses, with different repertoire each time.
Related courses throughout the year include String school (Winter / Easter / Summer), String ensemble, Chamber music 1 / 2 / advanced, City Lit wind ensemble, Wind ensemble 1, Flute and clarinet choir, Flute choir, Clarinet chamber ensembles. See Ensembles for 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.

An excellent and fun way to play new repertoire without the stress of a formal concert to worry about.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/09/2019)
The conductor is focussed, experienced and able to create an orchestra from musicians who have not played with other before in most instances.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/09/2019)
Do it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/07/2019)
Take it seriously and prepare with practice.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/07/2019)
A fun and friendly 2 day orchestral workshop playing beautiful music with a conductor who was systematic in his approach, encouraging and helpful. We worked on Mozart and Dvorak and finished with a concert which was demanding, exciting and rewarding.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/07/2019)
This course is great to play a part in a full orchestra in a structured and supportive environment. One gets a real sense of achievement being able to play through orchestral pieces at the end of the day.
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Review by Barbara / (Posted on 19/05/2019)
Yes, do it. It is worthwhile.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/05/2019)
A challenging but rewarding musical experience. A cheeky but encouraging conductor. A great choice of rep. A good atmosphere.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/04/2019)
Really good course - well-paced, good and varied choice of repertoire and the course leaders make you want to do your best.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/04/2019)
Friendly, fun, rewarding, intensive, value for money, great conductor, well organised.
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 20/02/2019)
An enjoyable experience with a knowledgeable, patient and sympathetic conductor.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/02/2019)
It’s an incredible and very fulfilling experience playing beautiful pieces with other amateur musicians. Even if you think the pieces are too difficult, by the end of the course you can play them.
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Review by Kate / (Posted on 17/02/2019)
Definitely a worthwhile course - very helpful conductor who manages to make everyone play to the best of their ability and somehow brings together a disparate group of amateur "musicians"and make them sound reasonable
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Review by A violinist / (Posted on 13/12/2018)
Hard work but really worth doing. Lovely to do play through on day 2 and hear/feel the improvement.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/12/2018)
Great way to improve your playing and sight reading. Excellent tutor/conductor with a range of music to play which is sent in advance.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/12/2018)
Scary and exhilarating in equal measure, a real experience.
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Review by Jabberlucky / (Posted on 19/07/2018)
Always an excellent course, with a really positive and encouraging conductor who brings the best out of everyone.
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Review by Ange / (Posted on 31/08/2016)
[The tutor] makes Gold out of ordinary metals.
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Review by Peter / (Posted on 31/07/2015)
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Course Code: ME826B

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Sun, day, 23 Feb - 23 Feb '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £36.00

Before booking on this course, please arrange a chat with our team to check that this course is the right level for you.
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Call us on 020 7492 2630

Email us at music@citylit.ac.uk

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.