York Baroque Strings Project: Christmas concert for young string players with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, 14 December 2013
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:
Strand 1: 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)
String players from York Arts Academy Symphony Orchestra and members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will give a concert together at the National Centre for Early Music on 14 December at 12 noon
as part of York Early Music Christmas Festival. To book tickets click here
Musicians Alison Bury and Helen Kruger (violins), Nicholas Logie (viola), Ruth Alford (cello) and Cecilia Bruggemeyer (double bass) of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and harpsichordist Andrew Passmore, will perform alongside the young players in a programme which will include Handel's Concerto Grosso in G major, op. 6 no. 1, Corelli's 'Christmas Concerto' and Biber's Battalia. In preparation for the concert, the young string players have been working with the OAE musicians in two workshops, exploring aspects of baroque playing. Between the workshops they have continued to rehearse and practise their new skills in their regular weekly sessions at Canon Lee School with their director Rachel Meredith.
Strand 3: Masterclass for young players with violinist Rachel Podger, Saturday 29 March 2014
The final part of the project is a masterclass day with Rachel Podger at the NCEM, aimed at the young players who are taking part in the Christmas concert. The young people 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. They will also work as an ensemble, forming the orchestra for a concerto that Rachel Podger will perform and direct in an informal concert at the end of the day. Ruth Alford (cello) 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 summer 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.