Sight reading…

... it's not as scary as you think! Every time you learn a new piece of music you are sight reading - teachers and students shouldn't treat it as an intense part of the exam there's no way to prepare for Prepare in advance: Yes you can practise sight reading. Whether this is with pieces … Continue reading Sight reading…

Articulation terms

Lets begin with the basic articulation terms and styles. These are the most common symbols you will find. Staccato - a dot above the note means it should be detached (often, but not always, short)Slur - a curved line connects different pitches that are to be played smoothly (only tongue the first note of the … Continue reading Articulation terms

Blog: Sharing Notes

Can and should we share the experience with others? Who makes our audiences? Live classical music is something tangible, honest and emotional. It can be all encompassing. Providing a sense of community beyond the shifting screens of social media.

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 the … Continue reading Masterclass Survival Tips

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, the … Continue 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 of … Continue 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 the … Continue reading Debussy’s Syrinx