The Mary Ward Wind Ensemble
Aimed at wind players around Grade VI. A friendly group with a relaxed but focused atmosphere that will
help you to concentrate on improving your ensemble skills, sight-reading and general musicianship. The
music covers most periods from classical through to modern with a wide variety in between.
New players are welcome including those who are returning to active music-making after a break. Pease contact the tutor/conductor before enrolling: Chris Braime via this email address: Christopher.Braime@marywardcentre.ac.uk.
Who is this course for
The Mary Ward Wind Ensemble is aimed at wind players around grade 6+. It is a friendly group with a relaxed but focused atmosphere. The sessions concentrate on developing and improving ensemble skills, sight-reading and general musicianship. The music covers most periods from classical through to modern with a wide variety in between. We welcome new players, including those who are returning to active music-making after a (sometimes long) break. Why not come along and give us a try? Prospective players should contact a tutor through the Mary Ward Centre before enrolling: Chris Braime (Conductor).Email: Christopher.Braime@marywardcentre.ac.uk
What does this course cover
The aim is to give players an experience and guidance in ensemble playing. The choice of music is made by the tutor in discussion with students.
1. Develop and improve the skills needed to play music in an enseble, including listening, rhythm, tuning and intonation, counting and sight-reading, so that you will feel confident playing your own part in the music, whether in the full or smaller group.
2. Learn how to rehearse and perform with other people, including gaining the confidence to initiate and take part in discussion and analysis of pieces.
3. Develop awareness of the piece of music as a whole and its contexts rather than concentrating on one single part.
What will it be like
We use a variety of techniques to explore the world of classical orchestral music, including:
Group and individual Tutor feedback
Informal discussion and Q&A
Tutor advice on practical and musical problems
Practical performance - the orchestra will give an informal end-of-term concert.
Feedback is given verbally directly to the group and individuals. You are encouraged to keep your own record of the progress of each piece you are working on. This provides a record for you and also aids the tutor.
What else do you need to buy or do
You need your own instrument - advice is given at all times. Although music is supplied at the Centre, you are encouraged to obtain your own copies when possible. The Tutor will advise. Some music stands are provided; if possible bring your own.
What this course could lead to
You can also broaden your skills and experience by taking part in one of the many residential music courses held at various venues throughout the year. The Tutor will advise.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk
I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.MWC student
This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’