I’m running this one-day composing workshop in October with flautist Rachel Shirley. Interested?
The workshop is ideal for adult musicians (18+) with little or no composing experience who want to ‘have a go’ in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. They do not have to be proficient on any instrument as Rachel will perform the music.
Compose Yourself! WORKSHOP: Composing for Flute
Saturday 21st October 2017
10am – 4pm
31 Psalter Lane
Sheffield S11 8YE
The day will consist of group activities and individual writing time (with one-to-one support from both of us) with plenty of opportunities to hear outcomes and make revisions as your piece progresses (the best way to learn, and a real luxury!). You will be guided through the process of composing your own short piece for solo flute, culminating with an informal concert given by Rachel, which will be recorded so that you can have a copy.
The course will be structured to mimic my own writing practice, starting with a simple line-drawing activity to generate shapes and gestures before developing your piece step-by-step. This will be done by considering the overall character of the piece and how it can be affected by pitch choice, tempo, articulation, dynamics and timbral colour. More traditional starting points such as key, time signature and meter will be put to one side as you are are encouraged to imagine, explore and discover.
We’re excited to be able to offer workshop participants the opportunity to have their new pieces performed by Rachel at the Sheffield Flute Choir concert on Sunday 22nd October, as part of the Classical Sheffield mini festival!! Sheffield Winter Gardens 2.15pm…
For more details and booking information: Compose Yourself
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