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Adult Courses 2018

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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Introduction to Sight Singing

Introduction to Sight Singing

COURSE No. 194

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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Ukulele for Beginners

Ukulele for Beginners

COURSE No. 195

TUTOR: Richard Bending

With the current rise in popularity of the ukulele, now is your chance to learn the basics on this course with two experienced tutors who have successfully run numerous workshops, including the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain. You will be shown various techniques including rhythm patterns, chords and riffs, all held in an easygoing, relaxed atmosphere. A ukulele will be provided, which...

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Samba Drumming

Samba Drumming

COURSE No. 196

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 the 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.

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Songwriting for Fun or Profit

Songwriting for Fun or Profit

New for 2018

COURSE No. 197,198

TUTOR: David Rees

This course is aimed at those of you who can get a tune out of a musical instrument such as the guitar, ukulele or keyboard. It will help you learn about copyright, song structure, useful computer software and skills to place you ahead of others. There will be practical guidance along with the opportunity for performance, if you wish, and collaboration. The...

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The Italians!

The Italians!

New for 2018

COURSE No. 199,200

TUTOR: Robin Nelson

This course is about the stylish music of Bella Italia, a country of enormous musical influence, particularly during the Baroque era. It was the birthplace of Opera and Oratorio, Symphony and Concerto, Sonata and Cantata and Italian soon became the lingua franca of music throughout Europe and beyond. Composers featured include Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Rossini, Verdi and Puccini. You will also come across a...

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Find Your Voice

Find Your Voice

COURSE No. 201,202

TUTOR: Ruth Lamdin

'I'm tone deaf.' 'My teacher wouldn't let me join the choir.' 'My partner shudders when I try to sing.' 'I'm not a bit musical.' Have you ever said any of these things? Would you love to sing with others at a wedding or in the pub? This course is for the vocally terrified. It will provide an opportunity to find out the...

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Ukulele for Improvers: The Next Stage

Ukulele for Improvers: The Next Stage

COURSE No. 203

TUTOR: Richard Bending

This course is aimed at students who have previously attended one of the Ukulele for Beginners courses, have mastered and enjoy playing some basic chords and are keen to progress. Let the tutors help you improve your playing with a number of techniques including finger picking, single string solos, riffs and strum patterns. You will cover group playing including instrumentals and lead...

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Choral Workshop

Choral Workshop

COURSE No. 204

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...

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Guitar for Beginners

Guitar for Beginners

COURSE No. 205

TUTOR: Brooks Williams

You know you have been meaning to learn guitar and now is your chance. In a fun and supportive atmosphere, Guitar for Beginners will introduce you to the basics of guitar playing. You will learn chords and strumming patterns through familiar songs, inspiring you to become a lifelong learner and active guitar participant. No previous experience is necessary. You will only need...

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20th Century Classical Music

20th Century Classical Music

New for 2018

COURSE No. 206

TUTOR: Ken Smith

Classical music in the 20thcentury has a wider variety of styles than in any previous century which can make it difficult for listeners to find their way around unfamiliar pieces. In this course, you will explore how different composers have, since 1900, made their individual contributions to ballet, opera, symphonies, orchestral and vocal music and concertos. Each day, the tutor will...

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Jazz Academy

Jazz Academy

New for 2018

COURSE No. 207

TUTOR: Al Morrison

This jazz academy course is designed to bring together students who love jazz and love performing. This course 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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Guitar for Improvers

Guitar for Improvers

COURSE No. 208

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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