York Baroque Strings Project: Masterclass with Rachel Podger for young string players, Saturday 29 March 2014
Rachel Podger (photo: Jonas Sacks)
York Baroque Strings Project is a year-long collaboration between the NCEM, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) and York Arts Academy, giving young string players the opportunity to explore baroque music and style with some of today's most experienced baroque specialists. There are three strands to the project; the first two have already taken place:
Strand 1: A Professional Development Day for teachers with the celebrated baroque violinist Rachel Podger (June 2013).
Strand 2: Workshops and Christmas concert for young string players with members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Autumn term 2013).
Strand 3: Masterclass for young players with violinist Rachel Podger, NCEM, Saturday 29 March 2014
In the final strand of the project Rachel Podger will work with the young string players from York Arts Academy Symphony Orchestra who took part in the Christmas concert. Four individuals - two violins, viola and cello - will have the chance to play a piece of baroque music that they are learning, such as an exam piece, and to receive specialist coaching on it. All of the young players will work as an ensemble, forming the orchestra for the Bach A minor violin concerto that Rachel Podger will perform and direct in an informal concert at the end of the day. Ruth Alford (cello) from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Andrew Passmore (harpsichord) will also be available on the day to play continuo.
Violinist Rachel Podger is one of the most exciting performers of baroque music today, with an international career as a soloist and ensemble director. Her recordings have received a glittering array of awards, including the Diapason d'Or and a Gramophone Award. She is also an experienced teacher, both of conservatoire students and younger musicians. As a leading interpreter of baroque music, she has a huge amount of knowledge to pass on to teachers and young people and the communication skills to ensure that participants truly benefit from her experience.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is a highly regarded early music ensemble. Its players are not only consummate musicians but experienced educators: OAE's education work is innovative and inspiring. The team who are working on this project are all experts in their field and excellent communicators, very well placed to inspire young people and help them progress.
The York Baroque Strings Project will also include online resources for string teachers and students, exploring aspects of technique and performance style particularly relevant to baroque music, including audio and video clips to demonstrate performance practice. These will be compiled by the NCEM, in collaboration with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's string players, and will be available free of charge on the NCEM website in Spring 2014.
For further information about the project, contact the Music Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 01904 632220.
York Baroque Strings Project is supported by the National Foundation for Youth Music, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by The Mayfield Valley Arts Trust.