Saturday 25th July 2020 - Saturday 1st August 2020
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth SY23 3DE
- David Campbell
- Donald Oehler
The clarinet course will be primarily in a ‘masterclass format’ with a professional accompanist present for up to three hours each day. There will also be sessions on technique including posture, breathing, tonguing, fingerwork and tone production. There will be opportunities for some participants to play quintet repertoire or other chamber music with strings.
The Musicfest clarinet course with David Campbell and Donald Oehler is will raise your game, whether you are at school, a music college or university student or a keen older amateur. The emphasis is in honing your performance skills through improving your confidence. The key elements of posture, breathing, technique and musical awareness are developed in daily master classes, usually with a skilled accompanist present. There will also be clarinet ensemble sessions and chamber music experience and all players will be given the chance to perform in a showcase concert at the end of the week.
David Campbell is internationally recognised as one of Britain’s finest musicians and was described by the doyen of British clarinettists, the late Jack Brymer, as ‘the finest British player of his generation’. He has given masterclasses all over the UK and in many countries around the world and has recently been invited to give masterclasses and chamber music coaching at the Domaine Forget International Academy. David also coaches members of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of GB and the London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra.
Donald Oehler was one of the first American clarinettists to become active on period instruments, including the basset clarinet. He also has an impressive record in the performance of new music and has given the premieres of works by John Adams, Peter Lieuwen, Peter Maxwell Davies, and many other composers. He is a music professor at the Univesity of North Carolina.
In the past Don has been director of winds for Musicfest and artistic director of the Corso Internazionale di Music da Camera Toscana and has held many similar positions. He is recognised as an expert in music for clarinet and string quartet and has published a scholarly catalogue of works for that ensemble.
“The week was challenging and inspiring in equal measure, and the series of concerts and recitals alongside the teaching superb and truly world-class” Ruth Ellul.
The tuition fee for this course is £650 excluding accommodation, which includes a pass to all concerts during Musicfest. Early bird discounts are available on all courses booked and paid for in full before 29th February.
The Friends of Musicfest award a limited number of bursaries towards tuition fees, so early application is advisable. Bursaries of £260 are available for all students in full-time education in the UK and bursaries and £180 for international students. See the fees and bursaries page for further details.
Self-catering and en-suite accommodation is offered at a discounted rate for Musicfest students in University halls of residence, or you can book your own accommodation outside the University. See the accommodation page for further details.
Request a space on this course
You can request a space on this course here. Applications will be reviewed, and if accepted we will send full information on course joining and fee payment via email. We aim to respond within 7 days to your reservation request.
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