What is the course about?
This course focuses on ensemble music from the English recorder tradition and is for advanced players of recorders of any size. Develop your ensemble skills and playing technique through a varied selection of English recorder repertoire, ranging from Elizabethan madrigals to 21st-century works.
What will we cover?
- Improving technical fluency and ensemble skills related directly to various styles of recorder consort playing
- Becoming comfortable with playing different instruments of the recorder family
- Tuning and transposition, stylistic awareness
- Diminutions and ornamentation on the recorder
- Playing as part of a large ensemble group, included double consort playing
- Key repertoire will include Thomas Vautor Sweet Suffolk Owl, Vaughan Williams Suite for Pipes and
Britten’s Alpine Suite.
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 on the recorder
- Recognise and identify the characteristics of English recorder music from various periods and styles
- Perform as part of an ensemble and consort with increased confidence and stylistic awareness.
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, and who are interested in exploring more complex repertoire. Repertoire will be of approximately Grade 5-6 standard. Ideally, you should be comfortable playing 2 or more sizes of recorder.
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). Music and teaching material will be provided by the tutor. You can borrow, and may wish to buy, the ensemble music being studied.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may also be interested in Recorder consorts and ensemble, Recorder: advanced technique, Improvising in
classical instrumental music, or Music appreciation courses in Early 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