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Choral Workshop

Choral Workshop

COURSE No. 207

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 voices are welcome. The emphasis will be on the enjoyment of...

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Jazz Academy

Jazz Academy

COURSE No. 208

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.

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Ukulele for Beginners

Ukulele for Beginners

COURSE No. 209

TUTOR: Richard Bending

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

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Beethoven 250: A Colossus Astride Two Centuries

Beethoven 250: A Colossus Astride Two Centuries

New for 2022

COURSE No. 211

TUTOR: Elizabeth Handley

This course demonstrates how Beethoven, a path-breaking innovator and child of the French Revolution, wrested music from 18th century Classicism and drove it into the passionate turbulence of 19th century Romanticism. Born 250 years ago, he settled in Vienna, the musical capital of Europe and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist and composer. Alongside biographical detail, including his loves and progressive deafness,...

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Go Gospel!

Go Gospel!

New for 2022

COURSE No. 212

TUTOR: Jo Sercombe

Sing your way through the evolution of gospel music with an established choir director and the founder of Bath Community Gospel Choir. You will explore the sounds and rhythms of this inspiring genre from its early spiritual roots right up to the present day with all the swaying and clapping into the bargain! Suitable for all levels of singing experience,...

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The Blues Experience

The Blues Experience

COURSE No. 214

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...

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Richard Wagner and the Ring Cycle

Richard Wagner and the Ring Cycle

New for 2022

COURSE No. 216

TUTOR: Robin Nelson

Richard Wagner was one of a handful of composers who changed the course of music. His groundbreaking masterpieces include The Ring Cycle, a set of four operas loosely based on figures and elements of Germanic and Norse mythology. As a marathon 15 hours of music spread over four evenings, it presents enormous challenges to those staging and performing it and to an...

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Introduction to Sight Singing

Introduction to Sight Singing

COURSE No. 217

TUTOR: Ruth Lamdin

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...

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Guitar for Improvers

Guitar for Improvers

COURSE No. 218

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...

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Make a Cigar Box Ukulele

Make a Cigar Box Ukulele

COURSE No. 219

TUTOR: Richard Bending

On this 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 guided through the various processes by your tutor who has made over 40 ukuleles. Cigar Box Ukuleles originated...

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From Bach to Gershwin: The Best Loved Piano Works

From Bach to Gershwin: The Best Loved Piano Works

New for 2022

COURSE No. 220

TUTOR: Alice Michahelles

Why and how do Chopin's Nocturnes move us? What is sonata form? This course offers an overview of the history of classical music for piano and the development of compositional tools and techniques. By way of illustration, some compositions will be played on the screen. Your tutor, a concert pianist, will also offer live performances of favourite piano pieces from throughout the...

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Beginners Piano

Beginners Piano

COURSE No. 221,222

TUTOR: Trish Gange

Have you often thought that you would like to learn the piano? Perhaps you had lessons as a child and regretted giving it up for sport or other interests. It is never too late to have a go. Playing the piano is fun, fascinating and a wonderful way to commune with the Great Composers. Some even claim it may help prevent...

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