Keyboard Workshops

Try It! Keyboard Workshop

This is for anyone who wants to try- whether or not you play keyboard. Micaela will share some of the science involved in these musical instrument and demonstrate the varying sounds they can make. Musicians, budding acousticians and wood workers will appreciate seeing how the mechanics of the instruments work, while others may enjoy trying these for themselves .

Children are often told 'Look, don't touch.' Under our supervision they will be able to get up close, see how the mechanics work and feel how it is to play upon them.

If you are a keyboard player, do feel free to bring a bit of sheet music with you. Photocopies are recommended  for the clavichord (see below).

Some ideas: Bach inventions (2 voiced) Haydn 2-voiced menuets or works from his 'middle period' late English Baroque (Arne, Purcell) C.P.E. Bach, J.C. Bach, Buxtehude, Scarlatti or Soler sonatas fugues of any sort items from Bartok, Mikrokosmos unaccompanied cello sonatas- makes a great left-hand piece! An adult who has come simply to accompany a participating child will not be charged admission.

Please note:
The clavichord cannot fit a large thick book on its 'stand' so a photocopy is allowed on this occasion

Early Keyboard Hands On -An Informal Early Keyboard Masterclass with a focus on the Bach circle.

Limited to 12 players, Grade 4/5+(advance booking recommended), this course will include time with clavichord and harpsichord, followed this year by an opportunity for you to share your work with the public during our concert from 4-5pm. You need no prior experience with these early keyboard instruments to participate. Micaela will guide players to achieving a good basic tone and an appreciation of what these wonderful instruments can do for our keyboard technique. The focus will be on the repetoire of the Bach Circle, so Bach, telemann, Kirnberger, the sons of Bach including W.F. and C.P.E, other obscure guys like Kerll, or some precursors such as Buxtehude are all welcome.  You may find that organ manuals repertory is quite satisfying to try out.

I find pieces in two parts a good starting point. Try to bring something you feel fairly comfortable playing on your regular instrument, and please bring an extra copy for others to look at if you can.

Each year we have at least one young person who takes part and enjoys it, and we'd encourage teachers to consider bringing students again!  I almost hesitate to use the word 'masterclass' as it's really far more informal and not scary, but rather a supportive, encouraging exploration. We'll rotate round the instruments, try things, and experiment.