York Baroque Strings Project
Rachel Podger (photo: Jonas Sacks)
York Baroque Strings Project was a year-long collaboration between the NCEM, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) and York Arts Academy, which gave young string players the opportunity to explore baroque music and style with some of today's most experienced baroque specialists. There were three strands to the project:
Strand 1: A Professional Development Day for teachers with the celebrated baroque violinist Rachel Podger (June 2013).
Strand 2: Workshops and Christmas concert for young string players with members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Autumn term 2013).
Strand 3: Masterclass for young players with violinist Rachel Podger (March 2014).
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is a highly regarded early music ensemble. Its players are not only consummate musicians but experienced educators: OAE's education work is innovative and inspiring. The team who are working on this project are all experts in their field and excellent communicators, very well placed to inspire young people and help them progress.
The York Baroque Strings Project will include online resources for string teachers and students, exploring aspects of technique and performance style particularly relevant to baroque music, including audio and video clips to demonstrate performance practice. These will be compiled by the NCEM, in collaboration with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's string players, and will be available free of charge on the NCEM website shortly.
York Baroque Strings Project was supported by the National Foundation for Youth Music, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by The Mayfield Valley Arts Trust.