Folk workshops for string teachers and young string players (upper and lower strings): Patsy Reid

Sunday 2 April

Royal Northern College of Music

 

Celebrated Scottish fiddle player, Patsy Reid, combines skills and techniques from both classical and folk traditions to create her unique sound.

09:00 – 09:30             Registration for young players

09:30 – 12:30            Morning workshop for young string players aged 8-12 years

12:00 – 12:30            Young players’ performance for parents and teachers

13:15 – 16:00             Afternoon workshop for strings teachers

 

Young players ‘Fun with Folk’ workshop (09:30 – 12:30)

During the young players’ workshop Patsy will be teaching some traditional music by ear and encouraging the musicians to experiment with some bowing techniques such as her trademark, percussive, ‘chopping’ style. This workshop is suitable for children aged 8-12 years who play a bowed string instrument (violin, viola, cello, double bass). Players should be between Grades 1 – 5.

Teachers workshop (12:00 – 16:00)

Teachers are invited to come and watch the young musicians perform these tunes before lunch and in the afternoon’s workshop Patsy will discuss how her training in both the classical and folk traditions has influenced her technique and her musical style. This will be a practical workshop – participants will need their instruments! Upper and lower strings players are welcome. Like the young players in the morning’s session, participants will be learning some tunes and experimenting with techniques and tone colour.  Patsy will be discussing and focusing on the heel of the bow to achieve the versatility required.

 

Fees

Young players ‘Fun with Folk’     £12   to secure a young person's booking please email Bryony Taylor on bryony.taylor@rncm.ac.uk

 

Teachers’ workshop:

  • ESTA members£30
  • Non-ESTA members£40
  • All students FREE! plus a discounted membership of ESTA. Any student from any Manchester institution is welcome to join us.

 

 

NB Food will not be provided and will not be available to purchase on the day so participants should bring lunch with them. Tea and coffee will be provided in the afternoon.

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    Patsy Reid

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Only three years after leaving the brilliant and loud Breabach, Patsy Reid has become the most in-demand traditional fiddle player in the UK. She hasn’t stopped working.

    She performed alongside Dougie Maclean and Kylie Minogue at the 2014 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony, with Zakir Hussain at the London 2012 Olympic Festival, and since 2013 has visited India four times, collaborating with Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and fellow British musicians. There were also numerous appearances at Celtic Connections, commissions and numerous tours with celebrated Northumbrian piper, Kathryn Tickell.

    In the studio Patsy is a one woman string quartet, contributing violin, viola and cello to albums by Donald Shaw, Duncan Chisholm, Bella Hardy, Treacherous Orchestra, Tim Edey and many more.

    But after all that collaboration it’s time for Patsy herself to take centre stage. Some might say it’s not before time. But not Patsy.

    “I’ve never wanted to be The Patsy Reid Band, but I reached a stage where I could see myself only working on other people’s projects and never having enough time to do something of my own. So I’m taking the risk that I might have to say no to something exciting, and I’m investing in my own music. I wouldn’t want to regret not giving myself the chance to do that.”

    Asked to describe what makes her such a unique and admired musician and composer, Patsy shrugs and says: “I just play like Patsy.”

    But just playing like Patsy means combining skills and techniques from both traditional and classical backgrounds. As a child she first learnt to play tunes by ear at the Alasdair Fraser fiddle camp on Skye. As a teen she made the trip to Alasdair’s sister camp in California, where she learned her trademark percussive chopping style. On top of that she has a Post Grad Diploma in Classical Violin Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music. And it’s these disciplines that give Patsy ultimate control over the bow – allowing her to virtually sing through the instrument.

    Fellow fiddle player Aidan O’Rourke from the band Lau says: “She has an accuracy and tone that many fiddlers only dream of. She has truly mastered her instrument and has developed a unique style which seems to grow in depth and maturity each time I hear her.”

    English folk singer Jim Moray reckons: “Patsy transcends simply being a folk musician. She has an understanding of what to play and when and how to play it that rivals the best of any genre.”

    And the celebrated Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell says of Patsy: “She’s a fantastic musician, a lovely fiddle player and a joy to be with. No wonder everybody wants to work with her.”

    But for now, everybody will have to wait. In February 2014 she released her third solo album, The Brightest Path, which received sparking reviews and was recently named among Songlines’ Top 10 Scottish Albums. The Brightest Path marks the start of a new chapter in Patsy Reid’s exciting musical story.

    “I’m now in a position where I can call the musical shots – and not feel guilty about it!”

    For audiences this is the chance to hear one of our finest and most distinctive musicians emerge from behind the bagpipes and… play like Patsy.

  • Details and Costs

    Date and times:

    April 2 9am-4pm

     

    Venue:

    RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fees

    Young players ‘Fun with Folk’  £12  to secure a young person's booking please email Bryony Taylor on bryony.taylor@rncm.ac.uk

     

    Teachers’ workshop:

    • ESTA members  £30
    • Non-ESTA members  £40
    • All students FREE! plus a discounted membership of ESTA. Any student from any Manchester institution is welcome to join us.

     

    NB Food will not be provided and will not be available to purchase on the day so participants should bring lunch with them. Tea and coffee will be provided in the afternoon.

  • Timetable

    Fun with Folk: Young String Players' Workshop and Teachers' Workshop

     

    Young String Players' Workshop - Carole Nash Recital Room

    9.15am Registration for children

    9.30am Workshop led by Patsy Reid: Part1

    10.30 BREAK

    11am Teachers arrive to observe young players' workshop. Workshop: Part 2

    12.00 Informal performance for teachers and parents

    12.30pm Young string players depart. LUNCH

    Teachers' Workshop - Studio 3

    1.15pm Teachers' workshop led by Patsy Reid

    2.30pm Coffee

    2.45pm Talk by D'Addario about their strings especially their folk strings

    3.00pm Teachers' workshop continues

    4.00pm Finish

     

    NB Food will not be provided and will not be available to purchase on the day so participants should bring lunch with them. Tea and coffee will be provided in the afternoon.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Conditions of Booking.

    Booking is open to members and non-members of the European String Teachers' Association. For details of membership of ESTA(UK) please contact the membership secretary or visit our ESTA Benefits page.

    In case of illness or other circumstances beyond our control we reserve the right to alter advertised presenters but will inform you if this proves necessary.

    The European String Teachers' Association accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to instruments or personal belongings. You are strongly advised to provide your own insurance for instruments and other possessions.

    ESTA reserves the right to take photographs and video content. If you have any objections please email sheila@estastrings.org.uk

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