Duruflé Trio Workshop 2016

Durufle Trio 1“Three, strong, individual voices who share a rare ability and passion to improvise together.” – David Dolan, Centre for Creative Performance & Classical Improvisation

Improvisation workshop with the Duruflé Trio

Saturday 30th April at 10 am (Stuart Centre, Sherborne Girls)

Do you play a musical instrument?       Do you enjoy playing chamber music?       Do you like making up music?

The Duruflé Trio comprises Clare Simmonds (piano), Rosie Bowker (flute), and Henrietta Hill (viola) and was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where the players met. They are all keen improvisers, and include trio improvisations as part of every performance.  As enthusiastic supporters of contemporary music, the trio usually includes works by living composers in each concert, and they plan to commission new works for this rich combination of instruments. For more information, visit www.durufletrio.com.

A chance to discover Classical improvisation The need to stick to the notes in the score is often a barrier to music-making, but it can be a real challenge to be asked to make music up or improvise.  All three members of the Duruflé Trio are passionate about the art of Classical Improvisation. Since 2014 they have been improvising as a group in their concerts, producing minuets, rondos, and ‘free-form’ works. They even take musical ideas from audience members to create completely spontaneous pieces of music. This art is not risk-free, but that makes it all the more gripping for performers and audience alike!

This workshop is available to anyone aged 11-18 yrs who want to have fun playing, and are keen to delve deeper into the music they play.  It is open to:

  • anyone aged 11-18 (adults welcome on a space-available basis)
  • any acoustic musical instrument
  • any level of skill (recommended on or above Grade 3)

All you need is enthusiasm! This workshop offers an opportunity to discover a specific piece of music (Maurice Duruflé’s Prélude, Récitatif et Variations, op. 3), exploring the ways in which a musical theme is adapted to create an entire work. You’ll then look at creating and improvising your own variations, in small groups, based on the same musical theme.

  • No prior knowledge required
  • No preparation needed
  • Individuals as well as pre-formed groups are welcome

All workshop participants will have the opportunity to perform a group improvisation in the Duruflé Trio’s afternoon concert in Sherborne Abbey.

The schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

09.45 – 10.00: Registration at the Stuart Centre

10.00 – 11.00: Session 1

11:00 – 11:15: Break (we will provide drinks and light refreshments)

11.15 – 12.15: Session 2

12:15 – 12:30: Transfer to Sherborne Abbey

12.30 – 13.00: Rehearsal in the Abbey (approximate times)

13.00 – 13.45: Independent lunch (set up time in the Abbey for the group)

14.00 – 15.00: Performance (approximate ending time)

For more information, please contact Jan Eimstad at programme@sherborneabbeyfestival.org

Clare Simmonds, Piano

Clare holds an MMus in Piano Accompaniment from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  Clare received distinction for an MMus in solo piano in 2014 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Whilst there, she received the David Gosling award (2013) and Founders Prize for Accompanists (2014).

Rosie Bowker, Flute

Rosie is originally from Sherborne and performs regularly as a soloist and in ensembles.  She has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and on BBC Radio 3.  Rosie is a recent graduate from Christ’s College, Cambridge.  She studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is a member of the Young Musicians Symphony and Sinfonia Cymru.

Henrietta Hill, Viola

Violist Henrietta, from Derbyshire, graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA(Hons) in Natural Sciences in 2014, where she held an Instrumental Award. She has performed with the Wihan Quartet, The Bridge Quartet, the Hill Piano Quartet and the Fourier Quartet. Henrietta loves exploring contemporary music and is grateful to the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust and Guildhall School for their support with her studies.

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