The English Concert Master Class 2012

26 June 2012 - 29 June 2012, 10:00 - 16:00

Classes (Tuesday 26 - Friday 29 June) can be observed on a drop in basis. Attendance is free with Museum admission and booking is not required.

Concert: Friday 29 June, doors 18:30, concert 19:30. Tickets: £18. To book your ticket please drop in to the Museum or call 020 7841 3600.

The second English Concert Master Class for young harpsichordist-directors will take place ithis summer at the Foundling Museum. Four aspiring harpsichordists will work with The English Concert, their artistic director Harry Bicket and two solo singers in directing a range of Baroque repertoire, culminating in a public concert in which all student participants direct The English Concert.

This year's students are:

Thomas Foster (UK)
Jeffrey Grossman (USA)
Tamar Halperin (Israel)
Pawel Siwczak (Poland)

Three key repertoire areas have been chosen to develop fundamental interpretative, technical and communicative skills. They are:

The Italian Concerto Grosso - the core orchestral style of so much Baroque music

Arias by Bach and Handel - the reflective and the dramatic treatment of text

Instrumental movements by Rameau - with their idiosyncratic and colourful style

The first English Concert Master Class was held in July 2010 at the Foundling Museum and was a great success. Four young harpsichordists, from UK, Hungary and the USA, worked intensively over four days on Baroque repertoire with the orchestra, Harry Bicket, Laurence Cummings and two young singers, culminating in a public concert. All classes and the concert were open to the public.

"The English Concert’s master class for young directors was very much uncharted territory, both for the four candidates and the orchestra. The art of directing an orchestra from the keyboard is in itself a skill that can only be learnt through hands-on experience: no amount of private preparation at home can teach you what an orchestra like TEC needs; it would be the equivalent of learning to drive a car by watching a DVD. For these young conductors, it was an extraordinary opportunity to try out what works and what doesn’t, but in a relatively unpressured environment. But it was also a revelation for many of the TEC players to analyse what exactly it is that they need from a conductor, and why some approaches work and some don’t. The week’s work was invaluable for all of us, and the final concert a testament to how far the participants and orchestra had travelled together through the week."
Harry Bicket (Artistic Director, The English Concert)


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