What is the course about?
This course is for experienced 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 mainly on late Mediaeval and Renaissance repertoire.
What will we cover?
- Improving technical fluency and ensemble skills related directly to Renaissance consort
- Becoming comfortable with playing different instruments of the recorder family
- Tuning and transposition, stylistic awareness
- Articulation and breathing techniques
- Playing a range of Renaissance 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 an improved technical level on the recorder
- Understand and put into practice the essentials of Renaissance consort and double-consort playing
- 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.
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 a wider variety of repertoire in a smaller group. Repertoire will be of a minimum Grade 3-4 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 will comprise tutor explanation and demonstration, group playing and individual practice (please bring your own instrument). Sessions will also include class discussion, developing ensemble skills and independent rehearsal techniques.
To make progress you will need to practise regularly outside class (ideally at least 20 minutes on least 4 days per week).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring your own 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 consorts and ensemble for as many terms as you wish. Different repertoire is covered every term. You may also be interested Recorder: English ensemble repertoire, or progress to Recorder consorts and ensemble: advanced.
You may wish to support your learning through a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.
To find out more about music history classes and to read our year-long selection of courses, please see the blog post Music history: your guide to the 2019/20 programme which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.