MINI SESSIONS

Music Students (Conservatoire and University) and Recent Graduates

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April

 

Teaching Vibrato for Lower Strings (Cello and Double Bass)

Tuesday 20 April

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK TIME

Join us as we explore a range of teaching ideas and exercises for introducing and developing vibrato for lower strings.

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Alice Kent

David Munn

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  • Tutors: David Munn (cello) and Alice Kent (double bass)

 

  • Participants: Open to all instrumental teachers

  

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

  • Closing Date: Monday 19 April

 

  • Information will be sent by Monday 19 April

 

More Mindfulness with Music

Thursday 22 April

7.30- 8.30pm UK TIME

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Lee Holland

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Join Lee Holland of Mental Note Performance for a session exploring mindfulness with music. Some previous mindfulness sessions would be helpful, but this session will be equally accessible for those who have not taken a session in this before.

  • Tutor: Lee Holland

  • Participants: Open to all over 18

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

  • Closing Date: Wednesday 21 April

  • Information will be sent by: Wednesday 21 April

 

Orchestral Careers

Monday 26 April

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK TIME

Join Co-Principal of the RSNO, Sharon Roffman, Co-Principal Cellist of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Hetty Snell and Claire Whitson, Principal Double Bass with Orchestra of the Swan and double bassist with BBC National Orchestra of Wales for a discussion on orchestral careers. We’ll be talking auditions, excerpts, orchestral life and leaving plenty of time for questions.

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Sharon Roffman

Claire Whitson

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Hetty Snell

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  • Tutors: Sharon Roffman, Hetty Snell, Claire Whitson

  • Participants: Open to all students and young people aged 15+

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

  • Closing Date: Sunday 25 April

  • Information will be sent on: Sunday 25 April

 

Musicians’ Warm Ups with Elena Urioste

Tuesday 27 April

6.30 - 7pm UK TIME

Join violinist and yogi, Elena Urioste, co-founder of Intermission, as she shares with you some of her favourite and most effective warm ups for musicians.

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Elena Urioste

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  • Tutor: Elena Urioste

  • Participants: Open to all

  • Registration Fee: £5 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

  • Closing Date: Monday 26 April

  • Information will be sent on: Monday 26 April

 

Teaching Vibrato for Upper Strings (Violin and Viola)

Tuesday 27 April

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK TIME

Join us as we explore a range of teaching ideas and exercises for introducing and developing vibrato for upper strings.

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Andrea Gajic

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  • Tutors: Julia Bushkova and Andrea Gajic

  • Participants: Open to all instrumental teachers

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

  • Closing Date: Monday 26 April

  • Information will be sent on: Monday 26 April

Julia Bushkova

 

Exploring Violin Concertos - Mozart G Major & Coleridge-Taylor

Wednesday 28 April and 5 May

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK TIME

Join violinists Elena Urioste and Melissa White for an exploration of two great violin concertos – Mozart’s G major Violin Concerto and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto. In these two sessions, we’ll be discussing in depth the relationship between soloist and orchestra, sharing advice, tips and tricks for these particular works and considering interpretation and how we go about learning a concerto from scratch.

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Melissa White

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Elena Urioste

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  • Tutors: Elena Urioste and Melissa White

  • Participants: Open to all violinists aged 15+

  • Registration Fee: £12 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

  • Closing Date: Tuesday 27 April

  • Information will be sent on: Tuesday 27 April

 

Musical Games and Group Warm Ups for Young Musicians

Thursday 29 April

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK TIME

Join Rachel Cooper and Stewart Wilson for an hour packed full of fun games and activities for young musicians. We’ll be sharing ideas for warm ups and group classes, with and without instruments.

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Stewart Wilson

Rachel Cooper

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  • Tutors: Rachel Cooper and Stewart Wilson

  • Participants: Open to all

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

  • Closing Date: Wednesday 28 April

  • Information will be sent by: Wednesday 28 April

 

May

Finding Your Musical Voice: A Positive Social Media Presence (Age 15+)

 

Monday 3 May

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK TIME

Join organist, conductor and broadcaster Anna Lapwood for a discussion on positive use of social media as musicians. We’ll be discussing how to find and grow your audience and her incredible use of # led campaigns. Having spent some years being encouraged to “play like a man” and with a dedication to her art and mission that belied her years, Anna is now humbled to find that she is an inspiration to many young women and amused that they have adopted her hashtag, #playlikeagirl.

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Anna Lapwood

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  • Tutor: Anna Lapwood

  • Participants: Students and young musicians aged 15+

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

  • Closing Date: Sunday 2 May

  • Information will be sent by: Sunday 2 May

 

Engaging Your Students with Scales and Studies

Thursday 6 May

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK TIME

Join Amy Beth Horman, the founder of Violin Breakfast and Andrea Gajic for an inspirational evening exploring creative ways of teaching scales and studies to your students. In these sessions, Amy Beth and Andrea will work through some of the techniques and methods they will be sharing with the young people in their sessions later in May. A unique chance to hear from two of the most passionate teachers. Although these sessions are led by violinists, many of the ideas will be applicable to all instruments.

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Andrea Gajic

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Amy Beth Horman

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  • Tutors: Amy Beth Horman and Andrea Gajic

  • Participants: Instrumental Teachers

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

  • Closing Date: Wednesday 5 May

  • Information will be sent by: Wednesday 5 May

Interpretation and Analysis – Violin

 

Monday 10 and 17 May

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK TIME

We are bringing the Interpretation and Analysis sessions back this month. For violinists, Alex Laing will be exploring Haydn’s G major Violin Concerto, 1st movement and parts of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. You don’t need to have played these pieces in order to attend.

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Alex Laing

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  • Tutor: Alex Laing

  • Participants: Young musicians age 15+, instrumental teachers, students and adults

  • Registration Fee: £12 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

  • Closing Date: Sunday 9 May

  • Information will be sent by: Sunday 9 May

Interpretation and Analysis – Cello

 

Monday 10 and 17 May

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK TIME

We are bringing the Interpretation and Analysis sessions back this month. For cellists, Robin Michael will be exploring Beethoven’s Cello and Piano Sonata in A major op.69, 1st movement and Saint Säens Cello Concerto No.1. You don’t need to have played these pieces in order to attend.

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Robin Micheal

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  • Tutor: Robin Michael

  • Participants: Young musicians age 15+, instrumental teachers, students and adults

  • Registration Fee: £12 (financial support is available - please select this on the registration form)

  • Closing Date: Sunday 9 May

  • Information will be sent by: Sunday 9 May

The Entrepreneurial Musician

 

Wednesday 12 May

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK TIME

Join Elena Urioste and Melissa White, violinists, yogis and entrepreneurs as we discuss paving your own way in the music world. Alongside their careers as concert violinists, they co-founded Intermission, a program that combines music, movement, and mindfulness, aiming to make music-making a healthier, more holistic practice for students and professionals alike through yoga and meditation. In this session, we’ll be discussing how to find your own path and developing an entrepreneurial spirit within your career.

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  • Tutors: Elena Urioste and Melissa White

  • Participants: Young musicians age 15+ and students

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

  • Closing Date: Tuesday 11 May

  • Information will be sent by: Tuesday 11 May

Elena Urioste

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Melissa White

 

Joining the Unfinished Journey: Questioning our Values as String Teachers

Thursday 13 May

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK Time

Join Rachel Cooper and Koen Rens for a discussion about the journey of a teacher. We’ll be considering some of the bigger questions - why we teach, why do we choose to teach certain things, at certain points and what are our goals, aspirations and wishes for our students and us as teachers on our journey.

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  • Presenters: Rachel Cooper and Koen Rens

  • Participants: Instrumental Teachers and Students

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

  • Closing Date: Wednesday 12 May

  • Information will be sent by: Wednesday 12 May

Rachel Cooper

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Koen Rens

Inheriting Students – Upper Strings

 

Thursday 27 May and 3 June

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK TIME

Join us as we share ideas surrounding the topic of inheriting students. We’ll be looking at ways of readdressing technique, fostering a smooth transition from one teacher to another as a natural part of the learning journey and working with parents and carers.

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  • Presenters: Amy Beth Horman and Rachel Cooper

  • Participants: Instrumental Teachers and Students

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

  • Closing Date: Wednesday 26 May

  • Information will be sent by: Wednesday 26 May

Amy Beth Horman

Rachel Cooper

June

 
 

Orchestral Excerpts

Tuesday 8 June

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK Time

Join Philadelphia Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Double Bassist, Joseph Conyers for an in-depth discussion, exploration and demonstration of how to approach orchestral excerpts. Joseph recently founded a YouTube series called, ‘Play me an Excerpt’, focused on understanding the tools required to succeed at orchestral excerpts. This session will feature some live master class style excerpt coaching and is open to all instruments.

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Joseph Conyers

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  • Presenters: Joseph Conyers

  • Participants: Open to all instrumentalists (recommended age 15+)

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

  • Closing Date: Monday 7 June

  • Information will be sent by: Tuesday 8 June

 

Performance Psychology – What is it and how can I use it?

Thursday 10 June

7.30 - 8.30 pm UK Time

This session will be led by specialist in performance psychology and mindfulness, Lee Holland and is designed for university/conservatoire students and teachers. Adult players and young people aged 16+ are also welcome to attend. In this session, we will be learning to understand how we can start to think about training our mind and mindset for optimal practice and performance, and for teachers, in turn how this can be used to support younger students.

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Lee Holland

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  • Tutor: Lee Holland

  • Participants: Open to all students and teachers, young people aged 16+ and adult instrumentalists

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

  • Closing Date: Wednesday 9 June

  • Information will be sent by: Thursday 10 June