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Aspiring Performer: Woodwind

Short study - young people

Introduction

This course is open to all woodwind instrumentalists Grade 4 and above.

This course aims to both motivate and inspire young woodwind players as well as building self-confidence on the performance platform.

Students will spend the day working with two of our renowned Lecturers in Woodwind at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ruth Morley and Stephen West.

Introduction

This course is open to all woodwind instrumentalists Grade 4 and above.

This course aims to both motivate and inspire young woodwind players as well as building self-confidence on the performance platform.

Students will spend the day working with two of our renowned Lecturers in Woodwind at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ruth Morley and Stephen West.

Course outline

A woodwind performance class will frame the day giving participants the opportunity to perform a prepared work. Participants will receive advice in all aspects of performance in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The course will include musical and technical advice as well as an insight into teaching strategies. You will also receive guidance in preparing for exams, competitions and auditions.

Participants will work with the tutors as well as our staff accompanist, finishing the day off with an informal performance to consolidate learning.

There will be an opportunity for questions from participants and audience on any aspect of playing and performance.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs



Entry requirements

This course is open to all woodwind instrumentalists aged 12-17, Grade 4 and above.

Preparing for your course

Please prepare two contrasting pieces.

There will be an accompanist working with participants on the day so please also bring piano accompaniments.

Observer

You can also join this course as an observer, rather than a performer with the observer tuition fee set at £36.

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At a glance...

Aspiring Performer Sunday: 10am - 5pm 65

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Who is this course for?

This course is for woodwind instrumentalists aged 12-17 who are at Grade 4 or above.

During the course students will:

  • improve technical and musical skills
  • develop confidence in performing in front of an audience
  • meet other passionate wind players
  • work with professional musicians and tutors from the degree course at the Royal Conservatoire

Guest artists

Ruth Morley

Ruth is a Flute tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

RUTH MORLEY divides her time mainly between playing with Red Note Ensemble and teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She also plays recitals with pianist Scott Mitchell and with Echo Chamber Ensemble, and teaches for Douglas Academy Music School. She is also in demand as an adjudicator, and has performed as a guest with various ensembles including the Edinburgh Quartet, Hebrides Ensemble and as concerto soloist with London Concertante.

As a soloist and chamber musician Ruth appears regularly at various festivals and concert series including the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Sound, St Magnus, Bath, Warwick, Manchester Mid Day Concerts and Glasgow University. Recent work includes a recital and master class series in Slovenia and premiere performances of music by Bill Sweeney, Brian Irvine and Laurent Cuniot with Red Note Ensemble and the Orchestre d’Auvergne for Sound Festival and Musiques Démesurées in France. Other Red Note projects have included Pass the Spoon with Magnetic North Theatre Company, David Fennessy and David Shrigley, 1000 Airplanes on the Roof by Philip Glass in the Concorde hangar and performances of Stephen Montague’s 3 Fables in Scotland and London as part of the first PRS New Music Biennale.

She worked for many years with the Scottish Flute Trio. With them she commissioned and premiered around 25 new chamber works from leading composers such as Thea Musgrave, Sally Beamish, Gordon McPherson, Javier Alvarez, Robert Dick, Edward McGuire, Kenneth Dempster, Joji Hirota and David Fennessy. Much of this work was in collaboration with dancers, writers and visual artists and was produced alongside a programme of projects to get young people writing their own music.

Broadcasting work includes regular appearances on Radio 3, Radio Scotland and she has been a featured artist on Classic FM. She has recorded for the Metier Label, Seven Things and Natural Studio Records, and most recently a new CD of chamber music by Edward McGuire with Red Note Ensemble for Delphian.

Ruth’s teachers were Peter Lloyd, David Nicholson, Wissam Boustany and Colin Lilley. She studied at RSAMD and RNCM where she was a Wingate Scholar. She is the founder of The Scottish International Flute Summer School, and was its director until 2015.

Stephen West

Stephen is an Oboe and Cor Anglais tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Stephen began his musical education at Canterbury Cathedral and then Guildford Cathedral where he was head chorister. He graduated from the Royal College of Music in 1984 and was principal Cor Anglais and Oboe with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra from 1986 – 2005.

Stephen has played with most of the British Symphony and Chamber orchestras and has given masterclasses and solo recitals in the UK and abroad.

Since leaving the RSNO, Stephen has become a full-time teacher and his roles in the Conservatoire include coaching chamber music, taking performance classes, orchestral sectionals and lecturing in the techniques of teaching. He is focused, motivated and devoted to getting the very best out of each and every student, many of whom can be found playing in professional Orchestras across the country.