The Breathing Body, The Breathing Bow, with Ruth Phillips and Dale Culliford


21/01/2018 10:00 AM

Studio One

1 Wolseley Road Crouch End London N8 8RR

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Exploring the breath from different perspectives as it supports us as string players –  through Alexander Technique, mindfulness, and as the link between our physical movement and our musical phrasing. This workshop is especially helpful for anyone wanting to find more presence, economy and ease on stage and in the practice room.

Ruth Phillips is a modern and baroque cellist. She plays with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Concert d’Astrée, Les Musiciens du Louvre Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Garsington Opera and Opera Fuoco. Ruth studied with Steven Isserlis and Johannes Goritzki and has a Masters degree from the State University of New York where she studied with Timothy Eddy. She has experience of yoga, African drumming, Indian singing, and has trained in meditation and Voice-Movement-Therapy. For ESTA she presented a Breathing Bow workshop for the 2016 conference, and a workshop in London in 2017 with Jane Fenton. She has clients from all over the world come to her home in Provence for Breathing Bow retreats.

Dale Culliford was born in New Zealand and came to England to study with Tanya Prochazka and Steven Isserlis. She has worked with many of Britain’s top orchestras including the Philharmonia, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Guildhall String Ensemble before joining the orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Dale is currently sub-principal cellist in the Hallé orchestra and still finds time to pursue a love of chamber music, running her own chamber series in New Mills with members of the Hallé. Dale qualified as an Alexander Teacher in 1992 and uses this work in both her playing and teaching. She helps her students find a free, relaxed and dynamic style of playing using the mindful awareness that Alexander work can enable. Dale and Ruth ran their first workshop together in New Mills and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester in 2016.

Open to string players and teachers, as well as teachers and trainee teachers, of the Alexander Technique.