Keynote Wind Quintets

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Fri 22Mar
Sun 24Mar

Exploring Barber and Danzi

Facilitator: Laurence Perkins

A wonderful chance to tackle the technical hurdles and ensemble challenges of a major wind quintet, without the fear of ‘feeling exposed’ in a one-to-a-part situation. Enjoy exploring Danzi B flat (for intermediate players) and Barber ’Summer Music’ (for advanced players) with the expert advice and guidance of two of Britain’s leading UK wind tutors, building your insight and confidence which can benefit your ensemble, orchestral and solo playing back home.

Event time: Fri 22nd Mar at 4:00pm - Sun 24th Mar at 4:00pm

At a glance

  • Learn exciting and challenging music without the pressure of ‘being on your own’ on the part you are playing
  • Learn specific musical details and develop elusive ensemble skills with expert professional tuition
  • Build up your own awareness and experience in playing challenging ensemble music

What participants will gain

  • Develop greater confidence and personal satisfaction in your ensemble playing
  • Take these newly-developed skills back to your regular ensemble at home
  • Tackle this repertoire with greater confidence in summer school sessions

This special weekend course is your opportunity to work through the challenges of a major wind quintet ‘en masse’ (i.e. more than one player to a part), an approach which many players find helpful as it reduces the personal pressure often felt when there are just five players in a quintet. Danzi B flat (for intermediate players) and Barber ’Summer Music’ (for advanced players) are both wonderful pieces to play, and with the expert advice and guidance of two leading UK wind tutors, there will be chances to focus on tuning, ensemble, pulse awareness, rhythmic precision, dynamics, voicing and key aspects of developing excellence and a real sense of personal satisfaction in your ensemble playing. You can then take these newly-developed skills back to your regular group at home, or you can tackle the work with real insight and confidence in a summer school session. Many of the skills and disciplines also apply to good orchestral playing. PDF files of the quintet you will be working on will be sent to you beforehand (there is no substitute for personal practice!), and there will be a final en-masse run-through of both complete works at the end of the course.

Price Options

£230 Non-Residential
£270 Residential Shared
£310 Residential Single
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Practical Information

Please bring: your instrument, with alternatives (e.g. piccolo, cor anglais, etc.) as required by the music, music stand, with your name on it and print-out of the music sent to you by PDF, with any practice markings from your personal preparation.

*Please note that prices are listed per person. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Laurence Perkins

Laurence Perkins has become one of Britain’s best-known solo bassoonists through his concert performances and numerous solo and orchestral recordings on CD. His solo recitals in the UK have included the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London, Dartington International Summer School, and live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, as well as recitals and concertos in several European countries. He was Principal Bassoonist with Manchester Camerata from 1974 to 2017, with whom he recorded concertos by Mozart and Weber conducted by Douglas Boyd (for Hyperion) which received a five-star rating in the BBC Music Magazine, with the Mozart Concerto being a top recommendation on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review programme. He has also recorded solos with the New London Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and will shortly be embarking on a major solo recording project focusing on 20th century repertoire, including several major works receiving their first commercial recording. Laurence is a much sought-after bassoon and chamber music tutor - his educational work has included major national and international projects promoting the bassoon to young musicians. He is also heavily involved in working with amateur musicians, including a series of Wind Serenades courses at Higham Hall in the English Lake District, as well as leading summer schools and courses around Britain and in Europe. His other activities include musical relaxation sessions with cancer patients and landscape photography.

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Miles Hewitt

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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