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‘Unsung Heroes’ Summer Cello Ensemble Course 2019
July 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - August 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
About the course
Join us to play and study some of the most evocative choral music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.
Whatever age you are, find yourself challenged and thrilled! The repertoire for the Unsung Heroes course is designed to develop your musical understanding and technical skills so that you are prepared as you find your way about your musical world. This repertoire ranges over many centuries and styles and evolves your playing like no other.
We study style and technique throughout as well as the historical context of each piece. There are some Baroque bows for you to borrow too.
- Repertoire: The repertoire for 2019 will be announced in the new year; the scores will be available from May and can be forwarded to you on receipt of your application
- Standard: It is in the nature of the writing that the parts are varied, so the range is from around Grade 2 upwards
- Ages: 16 to infinity
- Daily times: Sunday: 10.00am to 3.30pm. Monday – Thursday: 9.30am to 3.30pm
You may live locally and be travelling here daily but if not, Lewes has several small hotels and some excellent Bed & Breakfasts. Here are some useful websites:
Lewes is an ancient market town nestling in the beautiful South Downs National Park. It is a very friendly, quirky place to be. When I first arrived here, I thought I was being confused with someone else; it is normal for people you’ve never met, to say ‘Hello’ (a lot) and to grin at you!
So you will feel at home here. It is easy to walk around and a nice place to browse lots of independent shops as well as nip into Tesco and Waitrose. We have some wonderful Elizabethan gardens at The Grange in Southover where you can sit in the Knot Garden or lie down on the lawns and relax. This was the childhood home of the diarist, John Evelyn.
For those of you wanting to go to Glyndebourne, check out last-minute tickets. You can catch the bus there from the station and leave your cello with me for safe-keeping. Brighton is a 10 minute train ride away and we are close to Rodmell where Virginia Woolf lived, Charleston Farmhouse, and down the road, the seaside.
‘Unsung Heroes’ courses are directed by Catherine Black.
Catherine studied at the Royal College of Music in London where her cello teachers were Christopher Bunting and Eileen Croxford. She graduated in 1983 with a GRSM and an ARCM Teachers Diploma.
In 2013 Catherine co-founded the Baroque & Roll String Orchestra with the wonderful violinist, Julia Bishop of Red Priest.
Catherine taught for many years on behalf of the Centre for Young Musicians in London and is a deputy at the junior departments of Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She was an associate lecturer at Chichester University in 2014 and 2015.
Catherine worked as cello coach for the adult learners string orchestra Strings at St Martins, The Chamber Orchestra at Conway Hall and Battersea Young Strings.
The fee is £675 for the week’s course.
Cancellation policy for summer school
Included in the fee is a £100 Deposit.
- If you cancel the course, for whatever reason, up to eight weeks before it starts, I will return the full amount you paid minus £100 deposit.
- If you cancel between eight and four weeks before the date the course begins, I will reimburse half the fee minus the deposit of £100.
- If you cancel, during the four weeks leading up to the course or, on the course, the fee is payable in full.
Closing date: the nominal closing date for the Summer course is 26 July 2019. If you have just found this page and the closing date has past, please call or email Catherine Black to book a place directly.