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Basse Continue Workshop with Jan Waterfield

Sunday 10 March 2019 15:00-16:15

As a part of the Harpsichord en fête programme, Jan Waterfield will be leading a workshop on basse continue, a form of musical accompaniment, which lends itself well to improvisation and which was used prominently during the Baroque period. Waterfield writes:

"The art of realising a figured bass, ’bass continue’, is one of the very few remaining improvisatory skills in western classical music. It is a subtle art, yet has a great effect on the music being played, since the harpsichordist can permeate all levels of the harmony and rhythm. This workshop aims to explore and enjoy this art in an informal public setting and is aimed at student groups, with a special emphasis being placed on the role of the harpsichord."

Spaces are available for 3-4 small student groups to work with Waterfield and for the general public as auditors.

Student groups should consist of a minimum of 2 players (e.g., harpsichord plus singer, violin, flute, etc.) and an appropriate piece of 17th- or 18th-century chamber music should be prepared, to last no longer than 7 minutes. Pitch will be A440.

Jan Waterfield biography:

Jan Waterfield read Music at Cambridge University and continued her training with postgraduate studies in harpsichord and piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London. As a continuo player, she has played with many prestigious ensembles, including the European Union Baroque Orchestra and Paul McCreesh’s Gabrieli Consort. In addition to a brilliant solo career, she is also active as a teacher in Scotland and across Europe, most notably at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she teaches harpsichord.

Event details:

Basse Continue Workshop with Jan Waterfield
Sunday, 10 March | 3.00pm - 4.15pm
£5 / £3 (Conc.)

The concession rate applies to IFE members, students, children under 18, pensioners (60+), registered unemployed, and registered disabled

Please note that the above rates are for the general public. Spaces are FREE for participating groups of student musicians.

Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard
Institut français d’Ecosse
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Book directly online or contact us at 0131 285 6030 or info ifecosse.org.uk

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