Every term we endeavour to invite external professional musicians, often masters in their chosen instrument, to come in and teach the children a masterclass.
This helps to give pupils a new perspective on their music, inspire and challenge them to try new techniques and methods. Performing in front of their fellow pupils and professional musicians also helps to build confidence, especially when they are receiving constructive feedback.
Recently pupils have enjoyed masterclasses from:
- Carducci Quartet: Resident at Dean Close Senior School, this internationally renowned quartet, perform concerts around the world each year. They were winners of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, the Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition and have been short-listed for the Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Music Award.
- Julian Bliss: One of the world’s finest clarinet players.
- Harry the Piano: BBC Pianist and one of the most gifted improvising pianists in the world.