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Hawkwood College

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UK, GLOUCESTERSHIRE - Relaxing Woodwind Playing, Laurence Perkins, Hawkwood, Painswick Old Road, Stroud GL6 7QW, 23 Mar 2020

Relaxing Woodwind Playing has a particular focus on well-being and relaxation. Suitable for players from grade 5 to advanced level, the programme includes music by Mozart, Vaughan-Williams and Copland, alongside medieval plainchant and traditional folk melodies. The ensemble will play excerpts adapted from the featured music, as well as listening to fine recordings in relaxation sessions that include breathing technique, posture and help with performance nerves.

Get help in finding maximum fulfilment in your woodwind playing.
Focus on essentials for good relaxed playing, including breathing and posture.
Find musical inspiration as a means of helping in technical progress and good performance.
Relaxation and other techniques to help in making your playing more successful and enjoyable
Relaxing Woodwind Playing is a special course for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn players (from grade 5 to advanced level). It explores the sense of well-being and relaxation through playing in an ensemble and listening to fine recordings. Enjoy the music of Mozart, the folk-inspired works of Vaughan-Williams and Copland, medieval plainchant, and much more – all with the positive energies that this music offers.

As a solo and orchestral bassoonist, course leader Laurence Perkins has often worked in very challenging performance situations. This enables him to offer first-hand experience in specific techniques that can help you to relax and find greater fulfilment in your own playing. While promoting well-being, there is no counselling or therapy element to this course. It is simply a chance to experience the joy and inspiration of music-making and musical appreciation. Ensemble music (including versions of the music listened to) is mostly technically unchallenging – a chance to relax and enjoy your playing!

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