Recorder consorts and ensemble

Course Dates: 22/04/20 - 01/07/20
Time: 18:15 - 19:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street

If you are already experienced in recorder ensemble playing, join this friendly group to develop your consort playing skills in Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary styles.


What is the course about?

This course is for advanced players of recorders of any size, and will develop your ensemble skills and playing
technique. You will play one-to-a-part in small groups and as part of a large ensemble.
This term will focus on late Renaissance and 20th-century repertoire.

What will we cover?

- Improving technical fluency and ensemble skills related to the repertoire
- Becoming comfortable with playing different instruments of the recorder family
- Atonal music and key signatures including up to 5 sharps and flats
- Tuning and transposition, stylistic awareness
- Playing a range of repertoire for smaller consort
- Playing as part of a large ensemble group, included double consort playing.

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

- Comfortably play a variety of sizes of recorders
- Enjoy improved technical proficiency
- Hold your own part both in a large ensemble and in a small consort with increased confidence
- Perform as part of an ensemble and consort with increased confidence.
- Perform atonal music, and pieces in a greater variety of keys.

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

The course is aimed at those who already have experience of recorder ensemble playing, but who are interested in exploring more complex repertoire in a smaller group. Repertoire will be of approximately Grade 5 standard.
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?

Classes are taught through tutor explanation and demonstration, group playing and individual practice (please bring your own instrument). Sessions will also include class discussion, aural skills and theoretical study.
A regular practice routine is essential to make progress (ideally at least 20 minutes a session, 4 times per week).

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

You will need to bring your recorder(s). Exercises and teaching material will be provided by the tutor. You can borrow, and may wish to buy, the solo or consort music being studied.

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

You may continue with Recorder consort for as many terms as you wish. Different repertoire is covered each term.
You may also be interested in general Musicianship and Music Appreciation courses.


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If you ever played recorder, however little, the City Lit provides beginner, improver level courses, after which it is a pleasure to be able to play in an ensemble and try works you can hear professionals play.
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Tutor Biographies
Isobel Clarke

Dr Isobel Clarke is a recorder player and music historian, who completed her PhD in historical performance practice at the Royal College of Music, having received an AHRC Doctoral awards and a Douglas & Hilda Simmons award. She previously studied recorder performance at the RCM, with a scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Isobel’s expertise includes the recorder’s practical use and social and musical status in the 17th century, the work of the early music pioneer Walter Bergmann, and chamber music of the 16th and 17trh centuries. She is active as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, and plays both early and contemporary repertoires. At City Lit she teaches recorder from beginners to advanced, including specialist repertoire short courses, as well as Violin and String Ensemble classes.

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: ME105C

Wed, eve, 22 Apr - 01 Jul '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £109.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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