Performance classes

A student group taking part in a performance workshop with a member of Department Ensemble-in-Residence, Quatuor Diotima

All students, teachers and staff are welcome to attend the sessions, which are free. If you have any questions or suggestions for classes you’d like to see happening, please contact Liz Haddon: liz.haddon@york.ac.uk

Please note, there are ‘vocal’ and ‘instrumental’ sessions, but anyone is free to go to anything – singers are welcome at the instrumental sessions, and instrumentalists welcome at the vocal ones. Some classes take the form of workshops and offer the chance to participate to everyone who turns up (for example, African drumming); others are more like a masterclass and require those wanting to participate as performers to sign up in advance. However, there will be the chance to observe at all sessions – active participation is strongly encouraged, and it’s usually more fun than watching!

Some classes have sign-up sheets for participants to register, particularly those where the leader will work with a certain number of students. These will be available online, sent to students as an email link. Information will be posted on the board at the top of the stairs in the music department main building.


Upcoming classes

Tue
22
Oct

Guitar sounds in the 21st century

Discover some useful processing chains for both live and recorded work.

Wed
23
Oct

Creating space and detail

How to create enough space and detail so that all key elements in a mix can be heard.

Tue
29
Oct

Performance class for clarinetists

This class will feature selected music students in a masterclass format.

Tue
12
Nov

Piano accompaniment in the duo context

In this open session three of four duos will be coached.

Tue
19
Nov

Tibetan Monks of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery workshop

Join the monks for a workshop in the use of the chant in traditional prayers.

Tue
26
Nov

Introduction to musicians’ health and wellness

An introduction to how musical activities can affect health and wellness.

Recent classes

Warm-up exercises and good music editions for vocalists

Tuesday 15 October 2019

Learn approaches to vocal warm-up exercises.

Voice science works

Tuesday 8 October 2019

Join VoiceScienceWorks for a one-of-a-kind workshop.

Piano masterclass

Tuesday 18 June 2019

A piano masterclass led by James Willshire. Observers welcome.

From Concept to Reality

Tuesday 11 June 2019

A class with Emily Crossland

Music to your ears

Tuesday 4 June 2019

A hearing health workshop led by Finola Ryan

The language of Improvisation

Tuesday 14 May 2019

This workshop with Dominic Lash will explore some of the ideas of the American composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton.

Performance class featuring third-year recitalists: String instrumentalists

Thursday 9 May 2019

Martin Suckling leads string instrumentalists performance

You are not inadequate! A workshop on mental health for music students

Tuesday 7 May 2019

The workshop is open to all students (undergraduate, taught and research postgraduate students). Staff are also welcome to attend.

Performance class featuring third-year recitalists: Brass instrumentalists

Friday 3 May 2019

Observers are welcome to performance led by John Stringer

Martin Roscoe piano masterclass

Monday 29 April 2019

Observers are welcome to Martin Roscoe piano masterclass in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall

Performance class featuring third-year recitalists: String instrumentalists

Monday 29 April 2019

Observers are welcome to performance led by Martin Suckling

Performance class featuring third-year recitalists: Wind and harp instrumentalists

Friday 26 April 2019

Observers are welcome to performance led by John Stringer

Performance class featuring third-year recitalists: Singers

Tuesday 23 April 2019

Observers are welcome to all performances led by Peter Seymour

Exploring Contemporary Vocal Music

Tuesday 5 March 2019

This workshop will help you to explore how to learn and practise contemporary vocal music with some practical application using musical excerpts contributed by workshop participants.

Singing Workshop

Thursday 28 February 2019

Northern Harmony are offering an exciting chance to work with their singers and to experience learning some of their music in this workshop.

Improvisation Workshop

Monday 25 February 2019

In this workshop, we will explore different methods for accessing deeper streams of creativity, which are then applicable to performing, improvising, composing, writing etc.

Piano Masterclass

Thursday 21 February 2019

Danny’s approach to music, learning, and masterclasses makes this session relevant for all musicians, not only pianists.

Choral Singing for All

Tuesday 19 February 2019

During this session, Adam will facilitate choral singing for anyone who would like to take part (all levels of vocal experience and all voice types are welcome).

Voice Masterclass

Tuesday 12 February 2019

In this masterclass session focusing on the performance of oratorio and cantata English bass-baritone, Stephen Varcoe will work with three singers.

String Masterclass

Tuesday 12 February 2019

In this session, Martin Suckling will coach string players and their accompanists or small string ensembles.

Woodwind Masterclass

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Members of the ensemble will be leading a performance class with students from the University of York Music Department; observers are welcome.

Woodwind Masterclass

Tuesday 5 February 2019

In this session, Lesley Schatzberger will coach wind players and their accompanists, or small wind (or mixed wind and string) ensembles.

String and Voice Masterclass

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Join cellist, virile baritone and compelling actor, Matthew Sharp, for a masterclass unlike any other.

Warm-up Exercises and Good Music Editions for Vocalists

Tuesday 22 January 2019

This session will focus on warm-up exercises especially suitable for pre-choral rehearsals and performances and will give information and lists of reliable editions.

Performing with Greater Ease - in Music, Work and Life

Friday 18 January 2019

This workshop will explore the importance accurate body mapping, the interrelationship of breath and tension and more.

Making it Happen: Networking and Fundraising for Successful Projects

Tuesday 15 January 2019

This session is aimed at entrepreneurial individuals who would like to learn more about creating or supporting successful music-based projects.

Presentation for singers

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Holistic approach of presentation for singers

Piano masterclass

Saturday 17 November 2018

Piano masterclass with Stephen Hough

String performance class

Tuesday 13 November 2018

String performance class

Musicians’ health and wellness

Tuesday 6 November 2018

A workshop exploring musicians’ health and wellness.

Emotion state theory workshop

Tuesday 23 October 2018

A practical workshop for any musician (instrumentalist/vocalist/experimenter) investigating emotion state theory; creative strategies in composition and performance.

Consone String Quartet workshops

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Consone string quartet members will lead workshops on the String Quartet.

Vocal class: best foot forward

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Vocal class led by Susan Young - Best Foot Forward! singing with confidence and presence.

Introduction to singing at York

Tuesday 2 October 2018

A general introduction to singing at York.

Recital classes: Vocal led by Robert Hollingworth

Tuesday 15 May 2018

The performance classes during the first half of term are for third-year undergraduate recitalists, but all students are encouraged to observe.

Recital classes: Vocal led by Peter Seymour

Thursday 10 May 2018

The performance classes during the first half of term are for third-year undergraduate recitalists, but all students are encouraged to observe.

Recital classes: Vocal led by Robert Hollingworth

Tuesday 8 May 2018

The performance classes during the first half of term are for third-year undergraduate recitalists, but all students are encouraged to observe.

Recital classes: Instrumental led by John Stringer

Thursday 3 May 2018

The performance classes during the first half of term are for third-year undergraduate recitalists, but all students are encouraged to observe.

Recital classes: Instrumental led by John Stringer

Thursday 3 May 2018

The performance classes during the first half of term are for third-year undergraduate recitalists, but all students are encouraged to observe.

Recital classes: Vocal led by Robert Hollingworth

Tuesday 1 May 2018

The performance classes during the first half of term are for third-year undergraduate recitalists, but all students are encouraged to observe.

Recital classes: Instrumental led by John Stringer

Wednesday 25 April 2018

The performance classes during the first half of term are for third-year undergraduate recitalists, but all students are encouraged to observe.

Recital classes: Piano led by Peter Seymour

Tuesday 24 April 2018

The performance classes during the first half of term are for third-year undergraduate recitalists, but all students are encouraged to observe.

Beatbox brilliance

Tuesday 13 March 2018

James Botcher

Trumpet/brass performance class

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Niels Tilma

Coaching for singers and their pianists

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Chris Glynn

Realising contemporary writing for the piano

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Kate Ledger

Helping to manage performance anxiety

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Max Garrard

Vocal coaching

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Richard Jackson

Piano masterclass

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Roy Howat

Vocal coaching

Tuesday 30 January 2018

Alex Ashworth

Helping to manage performance anxiety

Friday 26 January 2018

Max Garrard

Conducting Skills

Tuesday 23 January 2018

John Stringer

Choral sight-reading

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Elspeth Piggott

Fretwork: performance workshop

Thursday 23 November 2017

Fretwork

The body in performance

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Sinéad O’Neill

Violin masterclass

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Sebastian Mueller

Performance anxiety (2)

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Max Garrard

Repertoire masterclass

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Rachel Nicholls

Improvisation

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Federico Reuben

Performance anxiety (1)

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Max Garrard

Piano playing for silent films

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Jonathan Best

Musical Theatre performance class

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Bill Brooks

Maintaining a Healthy Voice

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Susan Young

Collaborative duo playing

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Hilary Suckling

Workshop for string duos or small string ensembles

Thursday 8 June 2017

Lucy Baker-Stockdale

Careers talk: working in arts administration

Thursday 8 June 2017

Hannah Witcomb, Operations and Events Manager at the National Centre for Early Music

Auditioning workshop with Tim Barber

Thursday 8 June 2017

For any instrumentalists (not just brass players)

Auditions workshop for singers

Friday 2 June 2017

Susan Young

Violin masterclass led by Sebastian Müller

Thursday 18 May 2017

All welcome to observe

Vocal class with Peter Seymour

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Performance class for vocal recitalists with Peter Seymour – observers welcome

Pianists with Mark Hutchinson

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall

Vocal class with Peter Seymour

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Performance class for vocal recitalists with Peter Seymour - observers welcome

Vocal class with Peter Seymour

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Performance class for vocal recitalists with Peter Seymour - observers welcome

Piano class with Mark Hutchinson

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Performance class for pianist recitalists with Mark Hutchinson – observers welcome

Vocal class with Peter Seymour

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Performance class for vocal recitalists with Peter Seymour - observers welcome

Chamber music coaching

Thursday 2 March 2017

Chamber music coaching led by Lesley Schatzberger

Musical theatre class

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Musical theatre class led by Bill Brooks

Lower strings class

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Lower strings class with Hetti Price

Open rehearsal

Tuesday 21 February 2017

An open rehearsal with I Fagiolini

Piano masterclass

Thursday 9 February 2017

Piano masterclass led by Peter Hill

Realising the challenges of performing contemporary vocal notation

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Vocal class with Anna Snow

Brass class

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Brass class with Tim Barber

Vocal class

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Vocal class led by Susan Young

Piano class

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Piano class led by Mark Hutchinson, for solo pianists, accompanying pianists and duetting pianists

Vocal class

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Vocal class with Alex Ashworth

Vocal class

Tuesday 17 January 2017

Vocal class with Peter Seymour

Vocal performance class

Tuesday 29 November 2016

A mock audition situation with positive feedback and advice.

Beyond the concert hall: creative exploration of performance sites for Western art music performers

Tuesday 29 November 2016

Explore the implications and benefits that an open and creative approach to performance sites beyond the concert hall can have.

Workshop: challenges in performance, composition and communication

Tuesday 22 November 2016

A workshop for performers and composers exploring how vulnerability, honesty and openness contribute towards confidence in performance, composition and communication.

Vocal health

Tuesday 15 November 2016

This session will show you how you can help yourself to maintain a healthy voice throughout your course. Maximising your vocal development during your degree by maintaining healthy practices will be discussed with scientific evidence of why some things are good/bad for your voice.

Piano class (special focus, pedalling)

Tuesday 15 November 2016

This session takes the form of a lecture/masterclass: a talk on pedalling, followed by the chance for three pianists to receive coaching with Jakob (observers welcome).

Vocal Performance class: 20th Century British Song

Tuesday 8 November 2016

A session for singers with, if possible, accompanists. If you can’t perform in the workshop you will, as auditors, learn excellent recital repertoire.

Conducting skills

Tuesday 8 November 2016

The session will focus on absolute basic technique (necessary for orchestral and choral conductors) alongside tips for learning and rehearsing scores.

Q & A for third year undergraduate recitalists

Tuesday 8 November 2016

Questions and Answer session for third year undergraduate recitalists.

Improvisation workshop with members of Tipping Point

Friday 28 October 2016

An improvisation workshop with the members of Tipping Point, who are giving an evening concert on the 28th.

Vocal performance class: ‘Sing what you mean, mean what you sing’

Tuesday 25 October 2016

You’ve diligently learned the music and the text but we all know that’s just the starting point. The ‘how?’ of singing is inextricably linked with the ‘what?’ and the ‘why?’ So how do you set about really using your imagination, being clear about your intention and meaning what you sing?

Songs with or without words?

Tuesday 25 October 2016

How we present works can profoundly affect the way in which people might hear them. Explore the ways we can communicate with the audience, verbally and in print to enhance the concert experience.

Vocal workshop: Warm-up exercises and good music editions for singers

Tuesday 18 October 2016

The first half of the session will focus on warm-up exercises especially suitable for pre-choral rehearsals and performances. The second half of the workshop will give information and lists of reliable editions and explain why these are more suitable for singers and accompanists.

String quartet coaching with the Consone Quartet

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Part of the C18th Keyboard and Chamber music coaching project.

String quartet coaching with the Consone Quartet

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Part of the C18th Keyboard and Chamber music coaching project.

Vocal performance class: “Night and Dreams”

Tuesday 11 October 2016

In this session Richard will work with three singers and their accompanists on material of their choice (ideally related to the title ‘Night and Dreams’ but not necessarily so!) Please make sure that you bring your accompanist to the session. Observers are welcome.

University Life: Survive or Thrive

Tuesday 11 October 2016

University is a time to wonder - about life and the universe, and importantly about yourself. Most musicians take enormous care of their instruments. They understand their value and that without them they are unable to perform. Surprisingly, many of them take less care of the only instrument that is truly irreplaceable – themselves: body, mind and emotions.

Musicians’ Health

Wednesday 5 October 2016

This interactive seminar will explore how to promote musicians' health and well-being and prevent the development of performance-related conditions.

Rhythm and Groove workshop

Thursday 9 June 2016

Dennis Rollins

Folk Music for All

Thursday 2 June 2016

Frankie Archer

Performance class (singers)

Tuesday 10 May 2016

Robert Hollingworth

Performance class (wind)

Wednesday 4 May 2016

John Stringer

Performance class (singers)

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Robert Hollingworth

Performance class (pianists)

Thursday 28 April 2016

Nicky Losseff

An introduction to Vietnamese classical music

Thursday 28 April 2016

Nguyen Thanh Thuy

Performance class (wind)

Wednesday 27 April 2016

John Stringer

Performance class (singers)

Tuesday 26 April 2016

Robert Hollingworth

Performance class (pianists)

Monday 25 April 2016

Nicky Losseff

Vocal class

Thursday 21 April 2016

Alex Ashworth

Performance class for recitalists (strings)

Wednesday 20 April 2016

Martin Suckling

Performance class for recitalists (wind)

Tuesday 19 April 2016

John Stringer

Vocal workshop for recitalists (singers)

Tuesday 12 April 2016

Robert Hollingworth

Vocal class

Tuesday 1 March 2016

Rachel Nicholls

An Introduction to the Harpsichord

Tuesday 1 March 2016

Catherine Hollingworth

Ensemble performance workshop

Monday 22 February 2016

Murphy McCaleb

Vocal workshop

Tuesday 16 February 2016

Susan Young

Diotima Quartet masterclass

Monday 15 February 2016

Diotima Quartet

Masterclass

Thursday 11 February 2016

Adrian Brendel and Jack Liebeck

Piano masterclass

Thursday 4 February 2016

Danny Driver

Vocal class on Complete Vocal Technique

Tuesday 2 February 2016

The Voice Hub, led by Michael Hill and Rósa B. Ómarsdóttir

Baroque workshop

Thursday 28 January 2016

Martyn Shaw

Exploring performance

Tuesday 26 January 2016

Anna Goldbeck-Wood

Performance coaching for recitalists

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Robert Hollingworth

Performance coaching for recitalist

Monday 18 January 2016

John Stringer

Social Media for Musicians

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Ben Eyes

Performance coaching for recitalists

Tuesday 12 January 2016

Robert Hollingworth

Mindfulness class

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Eliza McCarthy

Choral singing class

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Robert Hollingworth

Manage your nerves – talk and practical workshop

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Charlotte Tomlinson

Vocal class

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Susan Young

Conducting class

Thursday 12 November 2015

Dr John Stringer

Vocal class: Art and Science working together

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Linda Hutchison

Performance class

Wednesday 28 October 2015

Max Garrard

Vocal masterclass

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Nigel Cliffe

Rhythm in Groove – a funky performance workshop

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Dennis Rollins

Inclusive Singing Leadership - workshop

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Em Whitfield Brooks

Performance class – Bear-faced Bassoonery

Friday 16 October 2015

Laurence Perkins

Performance classes

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Niall O'Riordan

Vocal class

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Richard Jackson

Arabic and Middle Eastern Singing workshop

Tuesday 6 October 2015

Merit Ariane Stephanos