I’m very happy to share that my wind quintet are holding another online day-long workshop, Chamber Music Zoom!
We held the first of these events last summer, covering three quintets and tackled it in all sort of ways. The chosen pieces were Nielsen’s Quintet, Taffanel’s Quintet, and Damase’s 17 Variations. For the second zoom day in winter we cut this down to two pieces, which was more realistic to be able to tackle in one day. Hindemith’s Kammermusik and Zemlinsky’s Humoreske were covered that day.
Our zoom days follow this sort of pattern:
Everyone logs on in the morning, and after a short introduction and checking everyone is alright with the technology, we do a physical and musical warm-up. After a coffee break we give an introduction to each piece, talking about the composer, the piece, and listen to some of the key excerpts together. This is followed by the central portion: instrumental sessions, breaking off into our instruments and going through the specific excerpts for each instrument. After a lunch break we meet back for a Q&A on chamber music, life under lockdown, or whatever comes up for everyone. Then we hold a more creative improvisation session for those who are keen, and more excerpt sessions for those who would rather do that. Finally we all join together for a massed play-along of one of the pieces we studied, and a fun extra!