Alexander Technique and playing a stringed instrument
Tintern Grammar’s cohort of string musicians recently were treated to a workshop by violinist, Michael Loftus-Hills. The focus was on providing an introduction to the notions that form the basis of the Alexander Technique. This methodology seeks to aid performers, particularly musicians and dancers, with ease and freedom of movement and a greater awareness of the body’s most natural responses and movements.
Michael’s entertaining method of delivering these ideas resounded very well with the 20 musicians who participated. The violinists, violists and cellists witnessed a master class, during which accomplished violinist Alison Yang (Year 11) performed a section from Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. They also took part in communal activities featuring a skeleton, a teddy bear and imaginary pieces of string. The feedback from the instrumentalists involved was overwhelmingly enthusiastic and we are hoping to follow up with more of these sessions later in the year.
by Tim Veldman, Head of Strings
Pure Talent Showcase 2016
Tickets are now on sale for the Pure Talent Showcase at the Karralyka Theatre on 28 April. This event will feature three of our VCE 2015 Performing Arts students: Brendon Green, Bailey Pyman, Zoe Stephenson). Book online at www.karralyka.com.au