What is the course about?
You will learn to play orchestral music from the standard repertoire in a friendly, supportive atmosphere, with a conductor and professional leader (principal violin). We will focus on following phrasing and playing effectively together as an ensemble.
Please contact the Music Department to ensure we have a place for your instrument. Music will be posted to you in good time before the course. Repertoire:. Mozart Symphony No 31 in D "Paris" K.297
DvorákCzech Suite Op.39 [extra parts will be supplied for instruments who do not play in all movements of the original].
What will we cover?
Learning how to follow a conductor's beat, exploring how to play core orchestral repertoire stylishly and accurately. Learn how to blend your instruments together to make a pleasing orchestral sound, becoming aware of balance, intonation and improving reading ability.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Better play orchestral music and feel more confident
- Be familiar with some core repertoire
- Follow a conductor
- Understand orchestral texture.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have been playing your instrument consistently and be at least grade 6 standard. You must also feel comfortable with sight-reading, although you can access the music beforehand online.
You will need to confident with notation as this course does not involve teaching any basic music theory. A certain level of technical proficiency is essential as the tutor will not be focusing on instrumental technique in the class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be learn in one large group, taught by the conductor, for most of the course.
Part of the course will comprise separate wind and string sectional rehearsals.
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 pencil and eraser to mark up your part during rehearsal.
Cello & double bass City Lit has 4 cellos and 1 double bass. Please ask in advance if you wish to use one of these instruments during the course, to ensure availability.
Large instruments may be stored at City Lit overnight, but at your own risk.
You will need to print out your instrumental part from the website IMSLP (follow the links above).
If you are unable to do this, please contact the Music Department and we can post the music to you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Related Summer school courses include Improvising in classical music, Baroque music on modern instruments, String summer school, String ensemble: summer season, Chamber music: introduction, City Lit wind ensemble: summer season.
Weekday Orchestra workshop runs four times per year (July, September, December, April). Short-course weekend Orchestra workshop runs on Sundays (November, February, May).
See Music-Ensembles for details of regular courses including String ensemble, String quartets, trios and duos, City Lit wind ensemble, Chamber music: intermediate, Chamber music ensembles.
You may also be interested in Music appreciation courses, which range from the general introduction Exploring Classical Music through to specialist courses on all eras and genres of western music.
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