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Online and Residential Course Vacancies in June

Vienna, Budapest, Constantinople: Eastern European café music in the age of Brahms and Mahler

Fri 4 - Sun 6 June 2021
Tutor: Jon Banks

An introduction to the variety of cafe and light musics that were much loved by many of the great romantic composers and formed their everyday soundscape.

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*ONLINE* Introducing Ludwig

Fri 4 - Sun 6 June 2021
Tutor: Katy Hamilton

Ludwig van Beethoven’s works have come to represent the greatest aspects of Western classical music. But who was he? And what exactly did he do? Come and discover more about him in his 251st birthday year.

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Grade 6 Theory and Beyond

Fri 4 - Sun 6 June 2021
Tutor: Katharine Bramley

Katharine Bramley leads a course based around the ABRSM Grade 6 Theory syllabus, suitable for those who have done Grade 5 Theory and want to go on to explore harmony and melody. 

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Palm Court Orchestra

Fri 4 - Sun 6 June 2021
Tutors: Roger Moon, Miriam Kramer

Pretty pieces, sentimental pieces, inspiring pieces, quirky novelties, dramatic juxtapositions: string players, woodwind soloists and a few brass players and a pianist will enjoy the wide range of accessible music - light, popular and classical - which makes up a typical Palm Court programme. 

Available spaces for oboe, violin, viola and double bass.

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*ONLINE* The Benslow Klezmer Orchestra

Mon 7 - Wed 9 June 2021
Tutors: Ilana Cravitz, Sarha Moore

Immerse yourself in the celebratory and soulful music of Jewish eastern Europe. Course tutors will introduce you to the elements that make this genre unique via a selection of fantastic repertoire provided as sheet music.

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String Quartets with the Tedesca (3 night option)

Thu 10 - Sun 13 June 2021
Tutors: Members of the Tedesca String Quartet

An opportunity to work intensively on string quartets in preformed groups. You will receive coaching from each of the four members of the experienced and ever-popular Tedesca Quartet.

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String Quartets with the Tedesca (2 night option)

Fri 11 - Sun 13 June 2021
Tutors: Members of the Tedesca String Quartet

An opportunity to work intensively on string quartets in preformed groups. You will receive coaching from each of the four members of the experienced and ever-popular Tedesca Quartet.

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*ONLINE* Beyond the Score

Fri 11 - Sun 13 June 2021
Tutor: Heli Ignatius-Fleet

Pianists come together, under Heli’s expert guidance, to work on pieces from a repertoire list in a supportive atmosphere with an emphasis on interpretation.

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Music for Piano Duo and Duet with Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa

Mon 14 - Wed 16 June 2021
Tutors: Joseph Tong, Waka Hasegawa

This course will explore the wealth of repertoire for piano duo and duet, revealing some of its hidden treasures along the way. Joseph and Waka are an internationally acclaimed duo, Piano 4 Hands, and highly experienced teachers.

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Folk Fiddling by Ear

Fri 18 - Sun 20 June 2021
Tutor: Pete Cooper

Learn English, Irish, Scottish and other fiddle tunes by ear, exploring their core rhythms, bowing patterns and left-hand techniques, at the same time developing your aural skills and muscle memory to play them confidently, and in traditional style, by heart.  

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Fugues for Fun

Fri 18 - Sun 20 June 2021
Tutor: Dr Penelope Cave

Fugues for Fun: the aim of Dr Penelope Cave’s annual course is to explore a particular area of harpsichord repertoire, and improve technique and interpretive skills. 2021 will focus on coping with contrapuntal music.

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*ONLINE* An Introduction to Music Therapy

Mon 21 - Wed 23 June 2021
Tutor: Polly Bowler

An Introduction to Music Therapy and its main musical tool; improvisation. The course does not provide participants with therapy, nor does it qualify participants to provide therapy to others.

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Tango Techniques and Style

Fri 25 - Sun 27 June 2021
Tutor: Caroline Pearsall

Dive into the exotic world of Argentinian tango music – filled with romantic melodies, pounding bass and exhilarating syncopations. Tango is a rich fusion between Italian opera, Spanish habanera, African rhythms and Eastern European gypsy music.

Available spaces for Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Bandoneon, Accordion, Drums, Ukulele, Saxophone and Voice.

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Cello Orchestra

Fri 25 - Sun 27 June 2021
Tutor: Jenny Curtis

A unique opportunity to spend a weekend playing the cello ensemble music with others in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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*ONLINE* Sing Along and Explore Bach's St John Passion

Mon 28 - Wed 30 June 2021
Tutor: Joseph Fort

Discover Bach’s St John Passion, with conductor and musicologist Joseph Fort. Joseph will introduce you to the fascinating inner musical workings and rich history of this eighteenth-century masterpiece. Whether you have sung this piece a hundred times or never heard it before, this course will shed new light and introduce new features to hear in this wonderful music.

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An Introduction to Wind Chamber Music

Mon 28 - Wed 30 June 2021
Tutors: Tricia Melville-Mason, Trona Melville-Mason

A friendly and informative course, designed for woodwind players who are comparatively (or completely) new to participating in an ensemble.  Enjoy the variety of tone colours and interplay between parts.  Develop your skills and confidence!

Available spaces for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon.

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Summer Saxes

Mon 28 June - Thu 1 July 2021
Tutors: Gerard McChrystal, Alastair Penman and friends

Come and play your saxophone in small and large groups with music provided and expert help and encouragement.

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Benslow Music is a fully COVID-secure educational venue and we are focused on operating our courses, concerts and events in a responsible way that continues to give our guests opportunities to create enjoyable Benslow Music memories.  You may review what we are doing to ensure that you can enjoy your visit to Benslow Music on our website: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Course Booking Dates for your diaries:
Our full 2021 programme of residential courses is now available to view online at www.benslowmusic.org/courses - take a look!

July to September 2021 Courses
Member, Online and Non-Member bookings are now open

October to December 2021 Courses
Booking for Members is currently open
Online and Non-Member bookings will open at 9am on Friday 18 June 2021
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