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Keynote Wind Quintets Fri 22 Mar - Sun 24 Mar

  • Arts

Two courses run alongside each other.

Samuel Barber ‘Summer Music’ for players of grade 8 (minimum) upwards.

This magnificent work is much sought after by quintet players everywhere, yet its technical difficulties and the complications of putting it all together in an ensemble makes it an inaccessible piece for many players and quintets.

Franz Danzi: Quintet in B flat, Op.56 No.1 for players of grades 5-8 standard

One of the finest of all classical-period wind quintets, this beautifully written and balanced work offers challenging passages for every instrument, alongside sections where tuning, rhythmic stability and ensemble are important features in this fine music.

What this weekend course is all about...

In this special weekend of workshops, individual players and pre-formed quintets can work through the technical hurdles and ensemble challenges of these pieces  ‘en masse’ (i.e. more than one player to a part), so that you can develop the special skills required in these classic original quintets. Then you can take these skills back to your regular group at home, or you can tackle the work with real insight and confidence in a summer school session. PDF files  of music will be sent to you about one month beforehand (there is no substitute for personal practice!), and through the weekend Laurence Perkins and Miles Hewitt will guide you through the various challenges that these work offer,  leading to a final en-masse run-through of the complete works at the end of the course.

Arrival 4.00-6.00pm Friday 22 March. The course begins with supper together at 6.30pm. Play-through concert 3.00pm on Sunday. The course ends on Sunday at 4.00pm, with afternoon tea.

Course fees - include delicious home-cooked meals and refreshments

Residential single £310; residential shared room £270 (per person); non-residential £230 (includes suppers and lunches and refreshments)

Please supply information on your instrument(s) and Grade achieved. Minimum Grade 5 required.

Laurence Perkins is principal bassoonist in Manchester Camerata, and a solo artist for the Hyperion record label, with more than 40 years of chamber orchestra experience. His recordings include Mozart and Weber bassoon concertos, and the complete Beethoven symphonies. His friendly teaching style and enthusiasm create an encouraging environment for all levels of players, from moderate experience to highly skilled.

Miles Hewitt attended the Royal College of Music at an early age going on to study with Ifor James, founder member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. He has held principal horn positions with Asturias Symphony orchestra Spain and English Touring Opera in addition to performing with many of the UK’s leading symphony orchestras. He has always had a passion for chamber music and has performed in many Proms. He is specialist horn teacher at Westminster Abbey and Cathedral Choir Schools in addition to Westminster School and has coached on a wide variety of summer courses. 

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