String ensemble: summer season

Course Dates: 13/07/21 - 27/07/21
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Learn how to play in an ensemble in a fun and stimulating environment. For players of violin, viola, cello and double bass playing at level equivalent to grades 2 - 4.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00

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Course Code: ME997

Finished Tue, eve, 13 Jul - 27 Jul '21

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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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 leads to the regular evening String ensemble running from September. Repertoire:
Henry Purcell Allegro from Sonata in G minor
W.A. Mozart Dance Suite arr. Thor Johnson (Gavotte-Menuet-Country Dance)
Peter Warlock Capriol Suite 2.Pavane & 4. Bransles.

What will we cover?

• Playing together with your section and with the whole ensemble
• Holding a part independently alongside other parts
• 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 at Grade 2 to Grade 4 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?

You will play as a group with direction and demonstration from your tutor. There is no solo playing in class.
You will find it helpful if you can practise your parts between sessions.

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

Bring your instrument and a pencil/rubber. All music will be provided in advance via Google Classroom, along with recordings to help you learn how the pieces sound.
If you do not have access to a printer to print out your music, please contact the Music Department in advance.

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

String ensemble, Violin/Viola, Cello, Musicianship.

Robert Puzey

Robert Puzey has enjoyed a varied career teaching and freelancing on violin and viola in London and the South East. He plays with (and jointly runs) The Oberon String Quartet which provides music for weddings and other functions. His teaching includes schools in north London and work with adult string players at City Lit. He also plays chamber music with the Max Bruch Trio. Other playing in recent years has included concerto appearances on both violin and viola, as well as work with the Orchestra of St John's, London Gala and Brighton Philharmonic Orchestras. His further activity with amateur musicians has included leading The Chamber Orchestra, a string orchestra based in central London. He is now incorporating more conducting for string courses at City Lit and also for an amateur string orchestra in north west London, along with Saturday workshops in north London. At City Lit he teaches Violin and viola classes from beginners to advanced, Chamber music, regular intensive String Schools, and is Principal violin for Orchestra workshops.

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.