David Watkin and Alison McGillvray
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
5th - 9th September 2016
Edinburgh International Cello Continuo Clinic
Sept 15th - 20th 2014
Massive thanks to the participants 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?
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/|
| 5-6 talk|| 5 -6 talk:|
| || 1-6.30|| 6-7 talk|| |
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.
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
‘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’
numbers will also be limited.
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.
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.
of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG www.outoftheblue.org.uk
- a small
arts centre, near the centre of historic Edinburgh.
tea/coffee will be provided.
please arrange your own. We can
recommend places if requested.
Cello Continuo Clinic“The Art of Accompaniment”Course led byDavid Watkin
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
- - - - - -
September 17th – 19th 2013
Out of the Blue
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.
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.
Full-Time Students: £250
20% Deposit secures a placeObserver fee:17th £42 (FT student £30)18th £42 (FT student £30)19th £35 (FT student £25)
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.
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