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Masterclasses and Performance Workshops

These masterclasses, curated by Margaret Faultless, Director of Performance, offer students an invaluable insight into the musicianship, performance skills and technical expertise of some of the world’s most celebrated performers. Participants and listeners find the experience inspirational and stimulating, both musically and intellectually.

These classes are strongly recommended for students taking recitals, but they are open to everyone.

In the Practising Performance series, the Faculty of Music has hosted classes with Chi-Chi Nwanoku, Mahan Esfahani, Michael Chance, Jonathon Heyward, Sian Edwards, Richard Egarr, Sir Mark Elder, Ketil Haugsand, Steven Isserlis, Andrew Kennedy, Joanna MacGregor, Nicholas Mulroy, Sir Roger Norrington, Verity Sharp, Jeremy West and many other significant performers.

Collaborations with CMPS and CRASSH have resulted in masterclasses with Richard Goode, Roy Howat, Yundi Li, Robert Levin and Angela Hewitt.


Please see below the classes that took place in Lent 2022 

Thursday, 20 January 2022,

2.00pm-5.00pm, Recital Room at the Faculty of Music

Music in Education with Cherry Forbes : Who is your Audience?

Cherry Forbes, oboist and Education Director of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will share techniques used by professional musicians to enhance communication through music. 

Students are invited to bring either solo or chamber repertoire which we will use as the basis of exploring how to adapt presentation to a variety of settings from nurseries to school to community settings for all ages.
This is a practical class so please bring your instrument/voice

12 places available. Email Chloe Davidson to book your place. This class is only open to participants.


Friday, 28 January 2022  

11.30am-13.00pm,  an online Zoom class and discussion

Martin Lawrence   'Music Performance Anxiety as Hidden Desire and Emerging Self'?  

As an introduction to a practical class later this term, in this session Martin will present his doctoral research, looking at the theoretical development of a new conceptual lens for performance anxiety which views it as an opportunity for artistic growth. He will share his experience of applying this in performance and how it can be used in music coaching. The subsequent practical class is on Thursday, 24 February.

Martin Lawrence studied physics at the University of York before pursuing a career playing the horn. He has been second horn in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment since 1995 and also plays with the all the other London-based period instrument orchestras. In addition, he has developed 'Free Your Playing', an approach that looks at physical, mental and creative issues for musicians, which he teaches as a private practice and on courses. He completed his PhD at the Guildhall in 2020.

There is no need to sign up to this class - a Zoom link will be circulated by email.  


Thursday, 3 February 2022             

2.00pm-5.00pm, Recital Room at the Faculty of Music  

Performing for Recording: Performance Strategies in the Digital Age with Amy Blier-Carruthers & Andrew Lang 


This class will combine discussion and practical experiments as we consider what effect the process of recording has on the performances that are captured, and what changes a performer has to make to achieve a successful recording. It is an oft-repeated axiom that recordings are not the same thing as live performances, but comparatively little is known about what actually happens behind the closed doors of a recording studio.

Amy holds academic posts at the Royal Academy of Music and King’s College London, where her research and teaching interests revolve around subjects involving performance style, recording practices, and ethnographic approaches to classical music-making.

Andrew studied music and sound recording at the University of Surrey and before arriving at RAM spent 20 years working in classical music recording. He has worked with leading orchestras and conductors including Paul Daniel, Vasily Petrenko and Neeme Järvi.

4 places available for participants who will need to prepare 3 minutes of music. There are 15 places for observers. To apply to participate or to book your place as an observer please email Chloe Davidson as soon as possible.


Thursday, 10 February 2022           

2.00pm-3.15pm & 3.30pm-4.45pm, Recital Room at the Faculty of Music

Breathe Easy – with Anna-Camilla Goldbeck-Wood

Good breathing does itself. So how can we influence it for the better? In this class you will learn simple movements and shapes that prepare the body for freer, fuller breath; to deepen your body map to allow you consciously to harmonise with your instrument and your musical intention. You will also learn practical breathing exercises to help you cope with pressure or re-energise when you need a lift. 

Anna is a musician, movement coach and cook, working at the intersection of wellbeing and excellence in performance practice. A graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, she holds teaching qualifications in Dalcroze Eurythmics, Yoga and the Alexander Technique.

These classes are suitable for all, even if you have no previous experience of the Alexander Technique or Yoga.

12 places per class. Email Chloe Davidson to book your place. These classes are only open to participants.


Wednesday, 16 February 2022

2.00pm-3.00pm, Recital Room at the Faculty of Music

Towards a history of the early music revival: Nicholas Kenyon and Maggie Faultless in Conversation

Join us for a discussion around the revolution in our musical lives that the revival of historically informed performance and early repertory has brought about. What were the forces that came together to create this radical shift in our musical taste, and what does it mean for the future of performance?

Nicholas Kenyon, currently the opera critic for The Telegraph, has had a wide and varied career spanning many facets of the music industry. In his early career, he was a critic and editor for several major newspapers and music magazines. In 1996, he was appointed Director of the BBC Proms, a role that he held until 2007, upon which he became the Managing Director of the Barbican Centre, a role that he left in September 2021.


Thursday, 17 February 2022

2.00pm-4.30pm, Recital Room at the Faculty of Music

Conducting Masterclass and Workshop with Jac van Steen

Featured repertoire: Brahms Symphony No.1 (4th movement) and Wagner Vorspiel Tristan

Since participating in the BBC Conductors Seminar in 1985, Jac enjoys a busy career, conducting the best orchestras in Europe, including holding the posts of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the National Ballet of The Netherlands, the orchestras of Bochum, Nürenberg, the Staatskapelle Weimar, The Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra of Dortmund, Musikkollegium Winterthur and Principal Guest conductor at the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. At present he is Principal Guest conductor of the Ulster Orchestra and the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

Besides his activities as conductor, he is dedicated to teaching and is Professor for Conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He also regularly works with the conservatoires in the UK including the RCM and RAM.

Conductors wishing to participate should email Margaret Faultless with details of conducting experience.  Please apply as soon as possible, deadline 24 January


Thursday, 24 February 2022  

2.00pm-4.45pm, Recital Room at the Faculty of Music

Performance Anxiety – a practical class with Martin Lawrence

Following on from the online class earlier this term, this class is a hands-on opportunity to experience how performance anxiety may further your artistic development. One-to-one coaching in a small group setting will explore how individual expressions of anxiety signal hitherto forgotten or suppressed desires about performing, or the emergence of new performer-selves. 

There are 10 places in this class. Email Chloe Davidson to book your place

These classes are only open to participants

Martin’s biography is included with details of the class on 28 January.


Thursday, 3 March 2022

2.00pm-4.45pm, Recital Room at the Faculty of Music

Masterclass for instrumentalists/singers, solo or chamber music with Clifton Harrison

A true 21st-century musician, viola and viola d’amore player Clifton Harrison has forged a performing and recording career spanning a huge range of genres and embracing the creative potential of in-depth research. He studied at the Juilliard School and Royal Academy of Music and is the viola player in the acclaimed Kreutzer Quartet. He maintains an active freelance career working with most of the London orchestras, contemporary music groups, and early music ensembles. Alongside his extensive classical recording catalogue, he can be heard on hundreds of television, film and album soundtracks. Clifton is in demand giving lectures and masterclasses at some of the world’s finest institutions. He is dedicated to unlocking personal responses and interpretation through performance-practice techniques and self-exploration. He is a champion of works by historically underrepresented composers - works by these composers are especially welcomed. 

String players/chamber groups wishing to perform in this class should email Margaret Faultless with details of repertoire and the name of your group/accompanist.  Please apply as soon as possible, deadline 2 February.