City Lit wind ensemble

Course Dates: 14/01/20 - 24/03/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Karen Betley

Explore the wonderful repertoire for mixed wind ensemble, developing your technical, musical and ensemble skills. You need to play an orchestral wind instrument at grade 5 standard or higher. Please contact the Music department to find out if there is a place for your instrument. Mid-term break: 18 Feb. Please click the Start Assessment button to apply to join 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.

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 1 & 2, Chamber music 1 & 2, Chamber music: advanced, Orchestra workshop, Flute and clarinet choir, and Brass workshop.
You may also be interested in our wide range of Music history, Practical musicianship or Music theory 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.

Places are limited but course is excellent
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/11/2019)
Brilliantly led wind group, exploring a wide range of music and styles
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/11/2019)
Encourage them to take it
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/06/2019)
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: ME100B

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Tue, eve, 14 Jan - 24 Mar '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £97.00

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