Continuing 
Professional
Development

 
The 4th
International
with
David Watkin and Alison McGillvray

Hosted by
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Glasgow
5th - 9th September 2016

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The 2nd
Edinburgh International Cello Continuo Clinic
Sept 15th - 20th 2014


Massive thanks to the partici
pants and observers at this year's CCC! Your open-mindedness, curiosity and willingness to learn made it a big success!


Currrently planning the next Clinic, with the possibility of making it twice a year being considered. Please email me if you have suggestions for a good time to run a second course in the year. During the Easter break, or during the February break? 


CCC2 2014

This year there will be two 2-day mini-courses you can choose from, ‘A’ and ‘B’, with days devoted to ‘Recit’ and ‘Bach Suites and Harmony’ in between. On Sunday there will be a short introduction or refresher session on figured bass for anyone wanting it, free to participants.

Revised outline timetable:

 

 Sept 2014
 Su 14th
 Mo 15th
 Tu 16th
 We 17th
 Th 18th
 Fr 19th
 Sa 20th
  f/bass A A Recit Bach B B
  

 9.15 Welcome +intro  

10 - 5

 9.15-5 9.15-5

 11 - 12.30 Talk 'Bach'

 9.15-5 9.15-5
  intro/
refresher
 5-6  talk 5 -6 talk:
'Recit'

 
 1-6.30 6-7 talk 


 

The two-day courses ‘A’ and ‘B’ are the main part of the Cello Continuo Clinic, designed to develop accompanying skills. As before we will use the ‘masterclass’ format, with each player playing sometimes in groups of 3, as well as having the chance to play on their own. With a maximum number of 9 participants, there will be plenty of playing.

You can tailor your own package, by choosing either of the two day segments ‘A’ or ‘B’ and adding Recit and/or Bach, or immerse yourself in the whole 6 day course.  ‘A’ and ‘B’ are interchangeable, and will use similar but different repertoire, so attending both would still be useful. You will get more out of the Recit and Bach days if you have attended ‘A’, been to last year’s course, or have a good working understanding of harmony applied to the cello.

Fees:

‘A’ or ‘B’ £200

Recit day £100*

Bach day £100*

‘A’ or ‘B’ plus Recit or Bach (3 days) £275

‘A’ or ‘B’ plus Recit and Bach (4 days) £350

All 6 days £425

Observers: 1 day £40, 2 days £70, 3 days £90, 4 days £105, 5 days £115, 6 days £125

The cost of tea, coffee and lunch is included.

Full-time student discount: 33% off

Places can be secured by a 20% deposit, remainder payable by 1st Sept.

Spaces are limited to 9 participants for ‘A’ and 9 for ‘B’, with 14 for ‘Recit’ and 14 for ‘Bach’

Observer numbers will also be limited. 

*Recit and Bach places will be offered first to those also booking ‘A’ or ‘B’, and will be offered to anyone  wishing to participate in Recit or Bach only, from August 1st.


Dr. Sara Watkin, Osteopath will lead warm-ups and offer advice on healthy practice.

Level: aimed at ‘conservatoire entry’ to professional standard. We will encourage a friendly atmosphere of shared learning - whether you are a professional, student or amateur, please be ready to learn from any source.

Pitch A 415, but modern instruments are welcome. (If you use a spike, please bring something to protect the floor.)    Course may be made open to other bass instruments as well.

Contact: davidwatkin@yahoo.co.uk

Venue: Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG  www.outoftheblue.org.uk

- a small arts centre, near the centre of historic Edinburgh.

Lunch and tea/coffee will be provided.

Accommodation: please arrange your own.  We can recommend places if requested.







see our facebook page:
Cello Continuo Clinic
for thoughts from last year's participants






I also offer other 
Continuing Professional Development Workshops:

- Performance Practice with Modern Instruments 

- Harmonic Awareness in Performance

- C19th String Playing

- Analysis and Performance: Seminars exploring specific works



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Archive:


1st Edinburgh
International
Cello Continuo Clinic
“The Art of Accompaniment”
Course led by
David Watkin

September 17th – 19th 2013

Out of the Blue
 Edinburgh
UK

www.davidwatkin.com  
 
Most cello teaching is done through the solo repertoire. Yet the
overwhelming majority of players spend most of their time accompanying.  This short course will try to remedy this.


The course will follow the ‘masterclass’ format but will include
talks and demonstrations. We will work with ‘accompanees’ (including a
violinist and a singer) on specific repertoire, from Corelli and Bach to Mozart,
and accompany each other in cello sonatas, with the focus on the lower line. (Please bring a movement from an C18th Sonata.) You can also bring, by arrangement your own repertoire, your own ‘accompanee’, or pre-formed chamber groups.


We will work on harmonic inflection using Bach Chorales and Mozart Menuets, then harmonic flow in simple Classical bass lines (how to influence ensembles armed with only a row of repeated notes!) as well as more complex Baroque bass lines. Recitative – how to join in the drama!
Using figured bass to accompany with added chords.  Unaccompanied Bach will be used as a source for harmonic discussion – please bring some solo Bach. We will also play together as a ‘section’ some orchestral excerpts.  Whether you are a continuo player, a quartet player or an orchestral player, this course will inspire you to re-connect your playing with your own informed musicianship.


Sara Watkin,
Osteopath and British Association of Performing Arts Medicine’s lead GP in
Scotland will lead warm-ups and offer advice on healthy practice.


Number of places 10 -15. 
Observers are also welcome, depending on space.


Level: aimed at ‘conservatoire entry’ to professional standard. We will encourage a friendly atmosphere of shared learning - whether you are a professional, student or amateur, please be ready to learn from any source.


Pitch A 415, but modern instruments are welcome. 

(If you use a spike, please bring something to protect the floor.)    

Course may be made open to other bass instruments as well.


Fee:   £350    

Full-Time Students: £250

20% Deposit secures a place
Observer fee:
17th £42 (FT student £30)
18th £42 (FT student £30)
19th £35 (FT student £25)


Contact: davidwatkin@yahoo.co.uk


Venue: Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG 

www.outoftheblue.org.uk
 
- a small arts centre, near the centre of historic Edinburgh.


Accommodation and food: please arrange your own.  

We can recommend very reasonably prices places if requested. 

There is a very lovely,  very reasonably priced cafe at 

Out of the Blue.

Schedule:
Tuesday 17th September:
 
 From 1000 Meet, Welcome and 1030 Short Introductory Talk at Out of the Blue Cafe
1100 -1600 Class (Quick lunch provided) 
1630 – 1800 DW talk:

 ‘Connecting Head and Heart’  -theory and performance 



Wednesday 18th September:


1000 - 1300 Class

1400 - 1700 Class


Thursday 19th September:

1000 - 1200 DW talk: 'Figured bass at the Cello'

1300 - 1600 Class
 
 
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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Bach Lecture Series 
October 2013

Short bibliography:

John Butt Bach Interpretation,and Cambridge Companion to Bach (CUP)Seminal

Dietrich Bartel Musica Poetica (Nebraska)
Catalogue of C17th musical-rhetorical figures.
 Use with great caution...

Little and Jenne Dance and the Music of Bach (Indiana)
Indispensable on dance (less so on music...)
Peter Hall Exposed by the Mask (PC Press)
Director’s thoughts on meter in verse – inspiring metaphor
for meter in dance music...
Pedro de Alcantara Indirect Procedures (OUP)
Ground-breaking Alexander Technique teacher. 
Role of prosody in all aspects of performance. Life-changing book.

 
 
 

 
 
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