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Stylistic Matters: Preparing Orchestral Excerpts: 6 sessions

1 December 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm GMT

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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until 19 January 2021

Stylistic Matters: Preparing Orchestral Excerpts course icon

Preparing Orchestral Excerpts with awareness of style: early, classical, romantic and modern.

The way modern orchestras play reflects either an engagement with or a turning away from the elements of performance that Historically Informed Performance Practice has given us over the last 50 years. This situation needs to be taken into consideration as we prepare for an audition.

In this course we look at some of the orchestral excerpts most commonly found on orchestral audition lists and you are welcome to bring your own selection along too. We explore in depth how they can be re-imagined in very contrasting playing styles: use of bow, vibrato, approach to phrasing and nuance of sound differs across early, classical, romantic and modern styles.

“Sophie is a very dedicated, patient and experienced teacher and a musician of exceptional taste…Online lessons prompt students to take responsibility for their own learning and music making; this is a 21st century method of preparing the future generation of musicians…”
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Practical Information

Who is it for: viola players
Tutor: Sophie Renshaw
Number of particpants: up to  6
Length of session: 60 minutes
Number of sessions: a course of 6 sessions
Dates and times: 5-6pm on Tuesdays | 1, 8, 15 December 2020 | 5, 12, 19 January 2021
Cost: £120 for the course of 6 sessions

What you need to bring:
One orchestral excerpt
Before the course commences, you will be sent an email giving links to downloadable resources to view in preparation.

List of forthcoming sessions in this course


1 December 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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