2018 Conference Gallery
Do I feel like Practising?
Practising is what we do for ourselves. It is solitary. It is where we work in harmony with ourselves and teach ourselves everything we will ever know. A good outside teacher is essential, and skills are learned in lessons. However it is that time on our own, where we make those skills our own, through our own brains and our own instincts – that makes the instrument our friend and the skills second nature; money in the bank to be drawn on at will. Practising is a luxury. Students often fail to realise this. In the full hormonal bloom of…
How I Teach The Bass
My teaching methods have changed markedly over the years, partly through experience but also from my solo work and commissioning many new works for double bass. Three of my teachers (Laurence Gray, Bronwen Naish and František Posta) have had an important influence on my approach, each bringing different perspectives to the instrument and allowing me to develop my own style from their excellent examples. I began teaching whilst still a student at the Royal College of Music in London and have combined it with my career as a soloist, chamber musician and publisher. I quickly realised how much I enjoyed…
Bach & the New Kids on the Block
Starring Paul Wright and the WAAPA String Camerata Thursday 4th and Friday 5th October The Camerata will perform ravishing chamber music and gorgeous solo works by JS Bach and others – including Albinoni/Giazotto’s beloved ‘Adagio’ (made famous in the film ‘Gallipoli’), along with music by Ottorino Respighi, Mark Summer and Gerald Finzi.