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Beyond Cello – Introductory Workshop and Course

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The London Cello Society is delighted to present our first Beyond Cello course beginning in September 2016, incorporating the development of improvisational skills in a variety of genres, and exploring the cello in new contexts.

The course will be run by the head of our new Beyond Cello division, Shirley Smart. Classically trained under Raphael Wallfisch and Janos Starker, she subsequently spent 10 years living in Jerusalem studying both jazz and Arabic classical music. Shirley draws on wide and rich musical background and experience.

The course will include a strong focus on developing aural learning, an essential skill for an improvising musician. The initial sessions will centre on music from North Africa, the Middle East and Balkans, and later explore free improvisation and jazz. We will also discuss practice techniques to develop improvisational skills.

The introductory workshop and course are suitable for anyone age 14 upwards, and require a standard of Grade 8 or over.

Introductory Workshop : 27th September 2016

Includes short performance, workshop and Q+A session in which participants will be invited to ask questions/express particular areas of interest.

Enrolment for Beyond Cello Course

Summer Terms 2017 – Course Dates

May 16th & 30th
June 13th & 27th
July 11th & 18th
There will also be a public concert on July 18th

All sessions 7.30-9pm

Venue in Central London to be confirmed.

Course: £90 non-members, £75 LCS members

Please contact [email protected] to register your interest.

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