Masterclass Survival Tips

Masterclasses are a fantastic way of gaining performance experience and feedback, however they can be intimidating!  Here is a little guide to make the most of your first masterclass and go in with confidence: Choose music that you can play to performance level, unless a work in progress is asked for. Now is not theContinue reading “Masterclass Survival Tips”

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

The Baroque era’s most famous composer, J.S Bach is known for his complicated and innovative style. He used counterpoint, the playing of multiple melodies simultaneously, and fugue, the repetition of a melody with slight variations, to create richly detailed compositions. The man had 20 children in his lifetime shared music with his children, some of whomContinue reading “Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)”

The BBC Elstree Concert Band return to St Luke’s Hospice Summer Proms

Harrow School, High Street, Harrow on the Hill, HA1 3HP 8th July 2016 19.30 – 22.00 “The choice of music never fails to excite. We are so lucky in E&B to have been able to call on such combined talent.” Pat Strack, Elstree & Borehamwood Town Mayor Nearly 30 years after its first performance, theContinue reading “The BBC Elstree Concert Band return to
St Luke’s Hospice Summer Proms”

Chamber Music: Malcolm Arnold’s Suite Bourgeoise

This is a fun, unpredictable chamber piece by Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold, CBE (1921-2006). The 2nd dance in his Suite Bourgeoise for flute, oboe and piano trio, this is Tango (Elaine). The much neglected suite for trio was one of Malcom Arnold’s earlier pieces. He uses atonality and rhythm to create an a series ofContinue reading “Chamber Music: Malcolm Arnold’s Suite Bourgeoise”

Debussy’s Syrinx

This short impressionist piece has won the hearts of many flautists over the years. Maybe it is due to the lack of technical obstacles or the amount of space for interpretation. Whatever the reason, there is no doubt that Syrinx uses the flute to paint a beautiful picture. The piece reflects greek mythology and theContinue reading “Debussy’s Syrinx”