What is the course about?
You will be introduced to the basics of ensemble playing and will learn some ensemble repertoire from different periods and musical styles.
This course is a great way to keep playing over the summer, and an ideal introduction to the longer String Ensemble courses that run throughout the year.
What will we cover?
• Holding a part independently alongside other parts
• Playing together with your section and with the whole ensemble
• Balancing volume, blending bowstrokes and articulation with other players
• Following a conductor.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Play confidently as part of the group, holding your part and blending with other players
• Discover a range of ensemble music, from different musical periods and styles.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for string players approaching Grade 1 level– approximately Grade 3 standard. No previous experience of ensemble playing is required, but the class is also suitable for those who have some previous experience of ensemble playing.
You need to be able to listen to and follow instructions in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
It will be a mixture of rehearsal and workshop formats, mostly working as one large group, but also with the possibility of forming smaller ensembles.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring your instrument and a pencil/rubber. All sheet music will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If you are playing at around Grade 3 standard, you may also be interested in String Summer School or Chamber music: an introduction
City Lit offers String Ensemble throughout the year, as well as Violin/Viola and Cello at all levels, Chamber music: intermediate, and a wide range of Musicianship courses.
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