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Strand 1: Professional Development Day with Rachel Podger June 2013

In June 2013 the celebrated baroque violinist Rachel Podger came to the NCEM to lead a workshop day for string teachers.  Cellist Ruth Alford from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) and harpsichordist Andrew Passmore worked alongside her.
The workshop was designed to give teachers a practical toolkit of the most effective ways to interpret baroque music using modern instruments, considering issues such as phrasing, bowing, dynamics and ornamentation. It offered a platform for skills-sharing and support for teachers in leading ensembles as well as in teaching individual pupils.  The day involved listening, playing and creative work as well as looking at some of the pieces on the music exam syllabuses, from Grade 5 and above, for both violin and cello.

The content of the workshop will be developed by the NCEM, working with Rachel Podger and members of the OAE's education team, and will be made available as an online resource for teachers and advanced students, focusing on baroque string style and technique.  It will include video and audio examples of string playing, and will be accessible at no cost on the NCEM's and the OAE's websites in May 2014.