The Instruments of the Orchestra

Instruments of the Orchestra

A new six week course on ‘The Instruments of the Orchestra’, beginning 27th September.

The classes are on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm (UK time) on ZOOM and last for 90 minutes.

A recurring bit of feedback from previous courses and classes has been that many people feel unsure about identifying the source of a sound in an ensemble or differentiating between instruments that inhabit similar tonal spaces.

This six week course aims to address these issues - during each session we will talk about a specific instrument family and then listen to a work from the classical repertoire that features those instruments. By the end of the course you will be able to recognise the sound of an english horn or a contra-bassoon and appreciate the context in which those instruments are being used!

We will also learn about phrasing and how musicians go about shaping the notes and the sounds they produce, orchestration and the development of orchestral instruments from the baroque period onwards.

Lots of good music each week with my guidance too.

Week 1: The Science of Sound and how instruments actually work

Week 2: The Strings and the String Quartet

Week 3: The Woodwinds and the Brass

Week 4: Keyboards - the Piano, Harpsichord, Celeste

Week 5: Percussion - Tuned and Untuned

Week 6: The Orchestra