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Music Students (Conservatoire and University) and Recent Graduates

 

Set 1

 
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Mindset, Memorisation and the Moment with Amy Beth Horman

(this session is open to young musicians age 15+)

Wednesday 6 October

6-7pm UK Time

Join violinist Amy Beth Horman for a discussion and exploration into memory, mindset and preparing for those big performance moments.

Amy Beth is a soloist, chamber musician and educator and has performed numerous orchestral and recital appearances across the US and Europe. Her appearances are always eagerly anticipated: The Washington Post hailed her as "having the stuff of greatness."

In this session, Amy Beth will be sharing her personal experiences both as a performer and a teacher with participants and there will be plenty of time for questions.

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Amy Beth Horman

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Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

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Tips and Tricks for Freelance Musicians with Claire Whitson

Wednesday 6 October

7.30-8.30pm UK Time

Join double bassist, Claire Whitson as she leads a session covering practical tips students starting out as freelance musicians in the industry. In this session, we’ll be talking from the perspective of the musician on topics including:

  • Being self-employed

  • Negotiating fees

  • General advice for studying and post-graduation

  • Handling finances

  • Diary services 

  • …and there will be plenty of time for questions. This session is open to those considering studying at conservatoire as well (age 15+).

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Claire Whitson

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Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

 
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Performance Psychology for Students with Lee Holland

Wednesday 13 October

6-7pm UK Time

Join Lee Holland of Mental Note Performance as we explore performance psychology. During sessions you as a performer will build a psychological tool-kit that you can use to perform more consistently in pressurised situations. As you practise these skills you will feel more in control of your preparation and delivery, and strengthen confidence.

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Lee Holland

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Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

 
 
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Introduction to Transposition with Richard Michael

(this session is open to young musicians age 15+)

Wednesday 13 October

6-7pm UK Time

In this session, join jazz pianist and educator Richard Michael as he helps us to explore and understand transposition starting right back at the basics.

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Richard Michael

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Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

 
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Entering the Profession – a panel chat with professionals from across the music performance and education worlds hosted by Lucy Drever.

(this session is open to young musicians age 15+)

Wednesday 13 October

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK Time

Hosted by creative leader, Lucy Drever, in this panel chat we will be exploring the many routes into the musical performing and educating professions, portfolio careers, creating your own opportunities, innovation, auditions and performances, and the highs and lows of a career in the profession.

Guest panellists: Katherine Bryan (flute), Jessie Maryon-Davies (pianist, composer and workshop leader), and Rachel Cooper (violin)

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Lucy Drever

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Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

 
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Approaching Bach’s Cello Suites with David Watkin

(this session is open to young musicians age 15+)

Wednesday 20 October

6 - 7pm UK Time

Join David Watkin, renowned cellist and interpreter of baroque music, as we explore understanding and approaching the incredible Cello Suites of J.S. Bach.

Unaccompanied Bach has taken him all over Europe, from the Palace of Frederick the Great at Potsdam to the Prague Spring Festival, and, as part of Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, included performances sitting by the font in which Bach was baptised. Highly unusually, his recording of the complete Suites won both a Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine Awards.

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David Watkin

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Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

 
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Creativity, Innovation & Workshop Delivery with Lucy Drever

(this session is open to young musicians age 15+)

Wednesday 20 October

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK Time

Lucy is one of the UK’s foremost creative leaders presenting and delivering workshops and family and school concerts for orchestras including RSNO, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia, and presenting concerts at venues including Wigmore Hall.

In this session, Lucy will discuss with you the skills and qualities required to create and deliver an innovative and successful workshop. She will share with us her experiences presenting and hosting, and work with you to unlock your creativity and imagination in preparing and planning workshops, narrated performances or teaching resources.

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Lucy Drever

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Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

 

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Nerves and Performance Anxiety with Laura van der Heijden

Thursday 18 November

6 - 7 pm UK Time

Cellist Laura van der Heijden joins us for a session discussing nerves and performance anxiety. Former BBC Young Musician of the Year, Laura has spoken openly about her own journey with

performance nerves. In this session, she will share her personal experiences and her thoughts best to tackle and overcome this complex issue.

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Laura Van Der Heijden

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Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

 
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Diversifying Artistic Output: Being Creative in a Creatively Saturated Field with Clifton Harrison

Thursday 18 November

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK Time

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Clifton Harrison

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Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

 

The Role of the Continuo with David Watkin

Thursday 25 November

6 - 7pm UK Time

Join renowned cellist and baroque specialist as we explore the role and the art of continuo playing in baroque music. In this session, we’ll begin to understand more about baroque music from the perspective of the bass line and understand the process and the decisions a bass-line player makes in every bar.

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David Watkin

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Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

 
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Advanced Technical Problem Solving for Violinists with Julia Bushkova

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Thursday 9 December 

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK Time

Julia Bushkova is one of the strongest contemporary violin pedagogues. She is a specialist in the art of diagnostics of any technical or musical problem and impediment, offering creative ways to understand and overcome them. In this session, Julia will share some strategies and creative ways to overcome some of the technical problems faced by violinists at conservatoire level and there will be an opportunity for participants to take part in this session. Please indicate on your registration form if you would be interested to play an active part in the session.

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Julia Bushkova

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Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

 
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Healthy Bodies – Flexibility & Breathing with Melissa White

Thursday 2 December

6 - 7pm UK Time

Join violinist and co-founder of Intermission, Melissa White, for a session dedicated to flexibility and breathing for musicians.

 

In addition to her musical career, Melissa has enjoyed practicing various styles of yoga for more than a decade and completed training in both Vinyasa and Ashtanga at Sampoorna Yoga School in Goa, India. She is the co-founder of Intermission, a ground-breaking program that unites body, mind, breath, and music-making through yoga and meditation. Intermission comprises sessions for students, retreats for professionals, and an app for everyone.

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Melissa White

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Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

 
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Exploring the String Quartet Rehearsal Process with Melissa White

Thursday 2 December

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK Time

Melissa is a founding member of New York-based Harlem Quartet, where since 2006 her passion and artistry have contributed to performances that have been hailed for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent” (Cincinnati Enquirer).

 

In this session, she will explore with participants the string quartet rehearsal process and will be joined by guest musicians in this session. Although this session will focus primarily on string quartet rehearsals, all instrumentalists are welcome.

 

With Harlem Quartet she has worked with such classical-music luminaries as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavakian, Paul Katz, and Anthony McGill; appeared in many of the country’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the Kennedy Center; and performed throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe, Africa, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

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Melissa White

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Registration Fee: £6 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)