ORCHESTRAS IN CONTEXT
THE SET WORK SESSIONS
A new resource designed for A level & AS level music students, aspiring GCSE music students and teachers to explore the sumptuous and fascinating sound worlds of three astounding musical minds from the 20th and 21st centuries.
This resource has been commissioned and funded by Inspiring Music, the Music Service for Central Bedfordshire Council and lead organisation of the Music Education Hub for Central Bedfordshire.
Filmed live at The Grove Theatre, Dunstable, students can experience personal insights and reflections on key chamber and orchestral works from leading classical musicians.
Taking three of the Pearson EdExcel A level set works as a starting point, we provide an in-depth, user-friendly contextualization of key works against wider listening examples; all whilst maintaining the necessary academic rigour required for success in examination.
WHAT ARE THE SET WORK SESSIONS?
3 online broadcasts each lasting c. 25 minutes with accompanying resources to further engage your students in critical dialogue.
Performance of key excerpts from the set works and wider listening examples recorded live by professional musicians and orchestra.
A guide through the set works, revealing key concepts with specific musical examples explained by musicians and presenter in conversation.
THE SET WORK SESSIONS EXPLORE:
An English Sound (the New & the Old): Ralph Vaughan Williams, On Wenlock Edge
A Myriad of French Colours & Timbres: Debussy, Estampes
Flowers, Forests, Dreams & Cellos: Saariaho, Petals
Presenter Ruth Rosales is joined by musicians from Bath Philharmonia (professional chamber orchestra) and Music Director, Jason Thornton (conductor, music leader and experienced GCSE & A level music teacher).
Many thanks to Central Bedfordshire Council and The Grove Theatre for allowing us to use their fantastic venue free of charge.