E D U C A T I O N

Research | Knowledge Exchange

E D U C A T I O N
Research, Knowledge Exchange

DeNOTE’s approach to historical performance is not just limited to playing ‘period instruments’: many aspects of our interpretations suit modern instruments too.

Through our educational work (interactive performances, side-by-side projects, workshops, masterclasses) we introduce players – young and not so young – to possibilities of sound and style that they can incorporate into their ‘modern’ performance experiences.

DeNOTE has worked with young performers in London, Manchester, Cambridge, Cardiff, Hull, Bristol, Newcastle, Canterbury, Peterborough, Aberdeen, St. Andrews…

We aim, through our performances and also through our educational workshops, to introduce young players to the exciting and colourful soundscape that a period approach can offer. Sometimes on period instruments, mainly on modern instruments, our work with students in Higher Education has focused on reimagining Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, (also, Brahms, Debussy, Stravinsky, Poulenc…) through the eyes and ears of period specialists. Exploring the potential to read ‘between the lines’ of the notated scores and to reconsider possibilities of sound through a knowledge of the colours and textures of instruments familiar to the composers themselves.

DeNOTE’s recent and upcoming education projects include:

  • Early Clarinet Masterclass (Royal Northern College of Music)

  • Mozart Piano Concertos (University of Cambridge; Guildhall School of Music & Drama; Cardiff University)

  • Mozart Chamber Music (Peterborough Music Hub)

  • Beethoven Septet and Trios (University of Hull; Aberdeen University)

  • Wind and keyboard music of the Classic Era (Benslow Music)

  • Haydn Chamber Music (Liverpool University)

  • Interactive performance for over 300 Primary School Children (Valletta, Malta)

Feedback from our 2-day residency at Hull University in Hull UK capital of Culture 2017 (March 2017):

“We’d like to send a huge thank you to Ensemble DeNOTE for providing a fantastic masterclass experience as always for our University of Hull music students!”

“Today’s open rehearsal with Ensemble DeNOTE was sounding fantastic! It was such an invaluable opportunity for our students to watch such distinguished professionals rehearse.”

Feedback from our 2-day residency at Benslow Music (February 2016):

“A privilege to participate”

“The tuition was the best I have ever experienced at Benslow”

“Marvellous hard-working, sensitive, musical and tactful tutors who catered for a wide ability range”

“The course tutors were superb and were very generous with their time, so that was a real plus”

“I found the course absolutely inspiring and a real revelation to hear the fortepiano”

“The tutors were unfailingly helpful and encouraging & gave their time freely. It was a privilege to have them work with us”

“We’d like to send a huge thank you to Ensemble DeNOTE for providing a fantastic masterclass experience as always for our University of Hull music students!”