3 Day Youth Orchestra Easter Workshop

Monday 6th – Wednesday 8th April 2020

3 Day Easter Youth Orchestra Workshop.

Durlston Court School, Barton On Sea, Hampshire


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Over the three days we will be working on different styles of music, Baroque to Jazz and beyond.  This immersive environment is great for fast-tracking your child’s progress and giving them the experience and confidence to play in other ensembles. A playing level of Grade 2 and above is advised to get the most out of the workshop, however you need not have taken the exam to come along. We can cater for more experienced players (up to Grade 8) and will tailor the course to their needs and provide the correct challenges to suit playing abilities.

Each of the 3 days will start at 9am and finish at 4pm with breaks for refreshments and snacks. The sessions will include full orchestra, sectional rehearsals and smaller ensemble playing.

If you have any doubts as to whether this would be suitable for your child, please contact us to discuss the course further.

There will be specialist, experienced tutors on hand to help in the full orchestra and sectional sessions. These tutors include :-

James Rawlinson – Woodwind (Clarinet, Saxophone & Flute)

James teaches in various schools in Hampshire & Dorset as well as his own private studio in Bournemouth.  James was classical trained and attended the Royal Academy of Music. He now also specialises in jazz, improvisation workshops and leading ensembles. He also started JazzSmart 10 years ago which has been running improvisation and jazz workshops with some of the UK’s leading jazz musicians ever since. You can watch him leading The Red Fez Orchestra as well as performing with various bands and ensembles in and around the U.K.

Rob Dishington

A music teacher with experience in primary, secondary and special education, Rob is Currently Director of Music at Durlston Court School, New Milton. He is a pianist, clarinettist and conductor who regularly performs and occasionally composes and arranges. Previously, he worked as a freelance répétiteur for Welsh National Opera, was Musical Director for the City of Cardiff Concert Band (a mainly student orchestra), and recently for the Briantspuddle Singers in Dorset. He has played and sung with various orchestras, bands and choirs including for the Bournemouth Community Gospel Choir and Wimborne Choral Society, and has taken school groups to perform at venues locally (e.g. Lighthouse, Poole) and nationally (e.g. the Royal Albert Hall). Rob currently plays piano for the Red Fez Orchestra and directs an annual choral-orchestral concert as part of the May Festival, a well-established music festival based at St. Stephen’s Church, Bournemouth.