Horn - voicing, prosody and rhetoric - with Sue Dent
Each participant on the horn programme will bring to the class ideas and aspirations for their horn playing within the context of performance. The cohesiveness of the class rests with each participant feeling mutually supported within a spirit of open mindedness, positive energy and hard work.
The emphasis and direction of the horn course will be of broadening horizons - exploring tonal and articulatory possibilities, working on musical rhetoric etc - in the quest for refining the craft and honing the persuasive performance ( Rhetoric).
The approach will be multi-disciplinary drawing on all aspects of Voice, Alexander Technique/ Body Mapping, Dalcroze, for example. Aspects of technique will only be addressed as part of an incremental approach to lift the complete performance.
Within the daily horn classes, there will be opportunities for 1-1 tuition and collaboration with other courses running concurrently within Offstage. Course participants will be encouraged to mingle freely between different groups and disciplines particularly during mealtimes and outside timetabled hours.
As a preliminary exercise, consider the definition of the word PROSODY: 'The study of rhythm, stress and intonation in speech' (Chambers 21st Century Dictionary). Try saying the word 'really' five times in a row within the following contexts:
Sue will contact course participants in advance to ensure a broad range of repertoire is covered and to bring ideas and topics to a cohesive whole.
Sue has over 30 years experience teaching the horn at secondary and tertiary level specialist music institutions. She has held teaching posts at most of the UK Conservatoires but now is London-based at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music Junior Department. However, she retains close ties with the Purcell School.
For many years Sue worked additionally as a freelance musician with a specialism in period instruments. She held Principal positions with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, the English Baroque Soloists and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra all with whom she recorded extensively.
She has considerable experience as a chamber musician. Currently, Sue is a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. She also plays regularly with, amongst other music groups, the City of London Sinfonia.