Masterclass 14 May 2014, Birmingham Conservatoire

by Sharona on May 11, 2014

Introductory masterclass on early keyboards:
Fortepiano (Sharona Joshua)
Harpsichord (Martin Perkins)

Wednesday, 14th May 2014
Harpsichord and Fortepiano Introduction session 1pm-2.30pm
Lecture Room 2
Birmingham Conservatoire
B3 3HG

Following the success of our MMus course module ‘Historical Keyboard Performance’ (harpsichord and fortepiano) this academic year at Birmingham Conservatoire, we are holding another introductory masterclass.

The course will commence at the start of next academic year (September 2014). This will be a 15 credit module, to be available alongside other MMus Options.

The module has been designed to give students practical experience in playing music of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries on period instruments (harpsichord and/or fortepiano). It is intended to help cultivate an understanding of style and techniques of the time, and develop associated skills such as improvisation and continuo playing, all of which will be transferable onto your modern piano playing.

Assessments will be held in the form of a 10 minute pre-concert talk, followed by a 20-25 minute recital on harpsichord / fortepiano.

At the moment the module is limited to 5 students, therefore we will be shortlisting and auditioning students shortly.

If you are interested in taking this module next year, please let us know ASAP.


First year BMus piano students are strongly advised to attend, as they will be taking up fortepiano studies next year. Current second year BMus piano students who wish to continue with their fortepiano studies into next year and, similarly, those who are interested in harpsichord studies are invited to attend. Requests for further studies need to be submitted by the end of this summer term!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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