What you can expect on Chamber Cellos courses
- High quality arrangements making up exciting and varied programmes
- Expert tuition from experienced chamber music and orchestral player
- Shared technical, musical and rehearsal ideas
- A supportive environment in which to feel safe to take on challenges
- Great company
- The satisfaction of producing an informal concert in front of an enthusiastic and friendly audience
- Venues chosen for their comfort and beautiful setting
- Single room accommodation (residential only)
- Home cooked meals by our resident chef (residential only)
- Shiatsu massage, treatment and advice by our resident masseur /bodywork practitioner (residential only)
The two residential courses each year are designed to be a true break and ‘time for me’. The venues are chosen with this in mind, peaceful and beautiful with countryside to explore for those who wish. Food is home cooked by our resident cook, and lunch and dinner times are relaxed and unhurried. To ensure the wellbeing of backs, shoulders, necks and anything else that might complain at the unaccustomed hours of rehearsal, our resident bodywork practitioner leads morning sessions of stretches and warm ups. She is also available for individual shiatsu massage during the course. One participant recently described the inclusion of bodywork in the course as ‘life saving’.
Guests are welcome on these residential courses. From Sedgwick the South Downs are in view and beyond lies the sea. Close to Roujan there are wine tasting opportunities, kayaking, gorges, and of course the nearby Mediterranean. Perfect surroundings for exploring while the cellists work. Accommodation and meals are included in the guest price.
Non Residential Courses
Non residential courses offer a chance for an intensive weekend of cello ensembles, working with other enthusiasts of intermediate to advanced level. What can be achieved in this short space of time is astonishing, as audiences that attend the resulting concerts will testify. Looking at the textures and styles of the different musical genres we can create an exciting range of sounds, from the delicacy of a duo to a full blooded tutti that is positively orchestral.
The final day of each course ends with an informal concert in front of a small but extremely supportive and sympathetic audience, usually friends and relatives. These concerts give a focus to the work done over the course and are a celebration of what can be achieved in a short space of time.
These courses are for those who have reached grade 8 and beyond, and who have a certain amount of experience in chamber and orchestral playing. The aim of the course is to give advanced players the opportunity to work together at a consistently high level, to bring their experience and expertise to the rehearsals, to listen and learn from each other, and to produce a concert of real quality.
This course also provide the opportunity to perform a solo item should the player wish, or a duo or trio. An accompanist is provided.
These days are set up to offer amateur musicians the opportunity to perform solo in an informal concert. This is not restricted to just cellists but is open to any instrumentalist or singer, the more diverse the better. Players may welcome the chance to perform a piece they have been working on, or see it as a chance to learn something new.
Each participant will be allocated a rehearsal time on the day. Kim will be willing to give as much unsolicited advice and encouragement as is wanted. An accompanist is provided. Rehearsals can be organised before the date, cost to be arranged with the accompanist.
The concerts take place in welcoming venues such as St Stephen’s Church in Dulwich, or a friendly living room.
The cost of taking part in the Performance Opportunity – tbc
A friendly Sunday morning group for levels grade 3 to 7. This takes place in East Dulwich and is informal and fun. It’s great sight reading practise as well as a chance to knock a piece into shape, which is always satisfying.
Tea, biscuits and mutual support feature prominently.
To give a bit of focus to the mornings we invite friends, relatives, neighbours to a performance every so often to come and see what we’ve achieved over the weeks.