Playing with Ease - Feldenkrais for String Players
“If you know what you do, you can do what you want.” M. Feldenkrais
We musicians, and our students, are likely to be sitting when we play in ensembles and orchestras. We often have to cope with unsuitable chairs and cramped conditions.
In this workshop you will explore how you normally sit, and how your sitting habits may be effecting your ease and enjoyment when you play. You will have the opportunity to develop a dynamic balance in sitting which can support and liberate your relationship to your instrument. Improved sitting can also address issues of pain and fatigue.
You will go on to explore how you use your arms and open up pathways to easier movement which can liberate your potential to express yourself through your playing. You will relate easier movement of the arms to what you have learnt about dynamic balance in sitting.
This will be a relaxed, non judgmental, explorative workshop. I will lead you through gentle and easy movement sequences which are designed to increase your awareness of unconscious habits and open up fresh possibilities for change and improvement.
Bring your instrument for a simple and direct "before and after" experience. Go away with tips and strategies to help you and your students sit and play more easily.
The Feldenkrais Method uses movement to change the brain, to refresh our self image, to help us learn and improve, and to discover our full potential. It is named after its extraordinary originator, Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), whose background as engineer, physicist and judo black belt led him to formulate this educational method which so effectively connects brain and body.
For further information please visit www.feldenkrais-westherts.co.uk or www.feldenkrais.co.uk
Feldenkrais offers a unique and practical way to realise our potential more fully. It is an educational method focusing on learning and movement, which can bring about improved movement and enhanced functioning. It is named after its originator, Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), an engineer and physicist as well as a Judo teacher.
What are the benefits?
• Relief from tension and muscular pain
• Easier and fuller breathing
• Greater relaxation and well-being
• Improved performance in sport, dance, music and drama
• Greater ease in everyday activities
• Increased vitality
JOSEPHINE HORDER (cello) studied in London, Salzburg and Düsseldorf. Her career in chamber music has included many performances at the Wigmore Hall, and the South Bank as well as numerous recordings for radio. She was a founder member of Divertimenti Ensemble and the Schubert Ensemble and was a member of the Adriano String Quartet. Her commercial recordings include several with Divertimenti, most notably the Mendelssohn Octet, and chamber works of Arnold Bax, Brahms and Weber. As a freelancer she has played with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Glyndbourne Touring Orchestra and The London Mozart Players. She has given private tuition to all ages and stages throughout her career, and has also taught for Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire Music Services. In 2015, after a 4-year training, she graduated as a Feldenkrais Method practitioner, teaching weekly public classes in ‘Awareness Through Movement’ in Tring. In addition she runs specialist Feldenkrais workshops for both professional and amateur musicians, as well as for young instrumentalists.
Details and Costs
ESTA member £25
ESTA non member £35
ESTA student £15
ESTA student non member £25
All sessions are 2.30-5.30 at the Primrose Hill Community Centre, 29 Hopkinsons Place, Fitzroy Road, London NW1 8TN Telephone: (020) 7586 8327.
The entrance is down a little passage with a metal barrier in front of it, slightly tricky to spot. Go through the alley and you’ll see the building. There is free on street parking for those driving.
Tube: The nearest tube is Chalk Farm on the Northern line and is about a 10 minute walk.
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.
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