Thursday 4 April 2013

Music up close

MusicUpClose is a series of six events at Conway Hall intended to illuminate classical music and the way musicians think. The events are devised by the music ensemble sound collective in collaboration with pianist Simon CallaghanTrinity Laban Conservatoire and Conway Hall. The series, on Wednesday evenings from 17 April 2013, is intended to be non-patronising and to exclude unnecessary technical terms and will be of interest those who love music but don't really know how it works. Participants will be able to ask questions during the rehearsals and performance, and as the events take place in an intimate space, they will be up close.  Its an interesting idea, and the group have come up with a rather attractive mix of themes for the evenings.

If you have ever said, 'I love music but I'm not musical' - then this is for you

The series takes music from the Renaissance to the 19th century with William Lyons, director of the Dufay Collective, talking about the Renaissance; trumpeter Adrian Woodward demonstrating the natural trumpet and cornetto and conductor Jonathan Tilbrook talking about the baroque music in general; Roderick Swanston journeying from plucked harpsichord to hammered fortepiano; cellist Jonathan Byers talking about the development of stringed instruments in the 18th and 19th centuries; composer Richard Sisson on new compositional techniques that came into play in the 19th century. As a finale, musicians from the sound collective will be joined by students from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire to perform Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets and Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, the event being introduced by Tom Hammond, artistic director of sound collective.

So now's your chance to find out that little bit more, and ask a trumpeter how they manage to play a cornetto without their lip splitting!  Further information from the sound collective website.

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