Saturday 20th May 2017 Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sheffield 10am-4.30pm
A day for all woodwind players on keeping you and your instrument in good condition to play. Sessions will cover Alexander Technique, breathing, posture, injuries and instrument maintenance and repair.
Join three specialists to learn about different approaches to healthy playing - working in ways to help you move and breathe well - and looking after your instrument.
Alexander Technique - Lucy Ascham We will begin the day with a session on Alexander Technique, especially designed for musicians. Lucy began learning the Alexander Technique in 1989 as a music student in Dartington, where she graduated with a degree in trumpet and Balinese gamelan. She trained through Cumbria Alexander Training and qualified as a certified teacher in 2003. She has taught players of the BBC Philharmonic, Manchester University Wellbeing Programme, Manchester Buddhist Centre, and has also worked in admin for the CBSO, as orchestra coordinator for the BBC Philharmonic, and in stage management at the RNCM. Lucy is interested in teaching the Alexander Technique as part of a holistic approach using all her skills to support full health in the minds and bodies of all the people she works with. She brings her musical background and understanding to specialise in helping music-makers to play with more comfort, confidence and stamina. Lucy runs 'With Poise' Alexander Technique courses in Sheffield and Manchester.
Woodwind repair and maintenance - Lynne Williams Lynne Williams is a repairer, player, teacher and music publisher based in the North West of England. With an interest in repairing from an early age, she did work experience in a specialist woodwind shop whilst still at school. Following a music degree at the University of Durham she moved into instrumental woodwind teaching, and plays and teaches all woodwind instruments. A move from Yorkshire to the North West reignited her passion for repairing, and following numerous courses and training she has now set up her own business repairing everything from piccolo to bassoon. During her work as a peripatetic teacher she encountered many pupils struggling with poorly maintained instruments, and is keen to help teachers to do basic maintenance to keep both their own, and their pupil’s, instruments working.
Posture and injuries - Vicky Horton Vicky will be leading an interactive session covering good practice in posture and breathing for woodwind musicians, and how to avoid and deal with injuries when playing.Vicky is 24 and has been a physiotherapist working for the NHS for over three years across a range of specialities including musculoskeletal clinics. She graduated from Huddersfield and moved to her current home in Liverpool. Vicky has also been a lifelong oboist and flautist playing in many orchestras and ensembles. She has a particular interest in injury prevention and management within musicians and dancers and is planning to study for a performing arts medicine masters in London.
We'll end the day with a short group playing session together. We'll also be joined by Forton Music and Masquerade Music with a selection of sheet music for woodwind to browse and buy!
Cost £30 for the day (includes 'coffee break' refreshments).