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Music, Dance, Theatre and Film

To quote Benjamin Britten, 'It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom'. So, if you are a budding rock star, keen to tread the board, want to renew an acquaintance with a musical instrument or just want to sing your heart out, we have 'beautiful' course just right for you.

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Choral Workshop

Choral Workshop

COURSE No. 205

TUTOR: John Jenkins

Come and explore a wealth of choral music, including sacred and secular, a cappella and accompanied, ranging from madrigals and motets to contemporary part songs. Morning rehearsals and a final concert will take place in Marlborough College's magnificent Chapel. Music reading ability will be an advantage for this course, but all adult voices are welcome. The emphasis will be on the enjoyment...

Ukulele for Beginners

Ukulele for Beginners

COURSE No. 206

TUTOR: Richard Bending

Here is your chance to learn the basics of ukulele playing. This course is designed for complete beginners and no knowledge of music notation is required. In an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere, you will be shown various techniques including rhythm patterns and chords for accompanying songs in different keys. You'll also cover some history of the instrument and see a selection of unusual...

Jazz Academy

Jazz Academy

COURSE No. 207

TUTOR: Al Morrison

This jazz academy course is designed to bring together students who love jazz and love performing. You will develop your performance, ensemble and improvisation skills, your confidence and general musicianship. You will work with your fellow students to compose and cover jazz standards by your favourite composers or artists and enjoy an opportunity to perform in a scratch big band.

Mozart the Pianist in Vienna: His Friends and His Rivals

Mozart the Pianist in Vienna: His Friends and His Rivals

New for 2019

COURSE No. 208

TUTOR: Alice Michahelles

Salzburg's most famous composer spent the last ten years of his life (1781 to 1791) in Vienna, where he embarked on a career as a freelance composer and pianist. This course offers an overview of the piano works Mozart composed at that time. In addition to analysis of his compositional techniques, it will also take into account his rivalry with Clementi and...

Scratch World Music Choir

Scratch World Music Choir

COURSE No. 209

TUTOR: Kate Davies

Come and join a fun and relaxed week of singing. Songs will be easy to learn and taught by ear so there is no need to have any musical experience. From South American rhythms to Eastern European harmonies, from Maori love songs to South African freedom songs, people have always sung, in work, in celebration, in worship and in solidarity. All...

Ukulele for Improvers

Ukulele for Improvers

COURSE No. 211

TUTOR: Richard Bending

This course is ideal if you have previously attended a ukulele course, can play and strum a few chords and now want to learn more. No knowledge of music notation is required. In a friendly, relaxed atmosphere you will work on strumming patterns and picking styles, including arpeggio playing. As well as having some enjoyable play along sessions, you will learn a...

The Blues Experience

The Blues Experience

New for 2019

COURSE No. 212

TUTOR: Al Morrison

Enjoy playing as part of a Blues Big Band and performing the music of BB King, Albert King, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles and more. This course is open to players of instruments including trumpet, sax, trombone, piano, organ, guitar and bass in addition to vocalists. You will get to play classic tunes such as The Thrill is Gone, Born Under a...

Piano Duets

Piano Duets

COURSE No. 213

TUTOR: Alice Michahelles

This course is for pianists who already have a little experience and enjoy sight-reading from Grade 3 level and above. In a friendly and supportive atmosphere, you will improve your musical skills by playing four hands with your fellow students and alongside the tutor, a concert pianist.

Introduction to Sight Singing

Introduction to Sight Singing

COURSE No. 214

TUTOR: Adam Staines

This course is for those who sing in amateur choirs and choral societies, but are still mystified by musical notation. You will get to grips with rhythm and pitch and exercise your listening skills. Different methods of sight singing will be explored and you will learn some useful theory. This course is for beginners and no prior knowledge is assumed. You will...

Make a Cigar Box Ukulele

Make a Cigar Box Ukulele

New for 2019

COURSE No. 215

TUTOR: Richard Bending

On this unusual course, you will have the opportunity to build a delightful, playable ukulele out of different woods and an empty cigar box. It doesn't matter whether you have playing ability, basic woodworking skills or you are a complete novice, because you will be taken step by step through the various processes by your tutor who has made more than...

Samba Drumming

Samba Drumming

COURSE No. 216

TUTOR: Sacha Johnson

Spend a week learning to play the music of Brazil. Your tutor will guide you through the various instruments, their history as well as why, when and how Samba became the world's happiest music. The course will end with an impromptu performance. Absolutely no previous musical experience or training is required. Simply turn up and enjoy.

Guitar for Improvers

Guitar for Improvers

COURSE No. 217

TUTOR: Brooks Williams

Does your guitar playing feel like it is stuck in a rut? Tempted to put that guitar away? Before you do, try Guitar for Improvers. In a fun and supportive environment, you will be introduced to more chords and strumming patterns through familiar songs. Ideally suited for anyone who has attended the Guitar for Beginners course or is familiar with the chords...

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