Archive: Codarts Rotterdam

January in Codarts

By on January 27, 2015 in Codarts Rotterdam

2015 began very actively with Codarts’ collaboration with Ensemble Klang and KC Den Haag in Klang, Dans, Bang, Dans in De Doelen, Rotterdam on 12 January and the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam on 15 January. Performing Julia Wolfe’s Lick, David Lang’s men and Michael Gordon’s Trance was an inspiring experience for all involved. The project was masterminded by

Composition at Codarts Rotterdam

By on November 12, 2014 in Codarts Rotterdam

Looking back over the past thirty years of working in three conservatoires (Royal Academy of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and Codarts Rotterdam) I get much pleasure from thinking about the influence that composition and new music has had on these institutions in this time. The exceptional series of composer concerts that Paul Patterson organised for the

Codarts Project Week (3 – 6 November)

By on November 3, 2014 in Codarts Rotterdam

This week is the autumn Project Week at Codarts, a time when the normal curriculum in the Bachelor is suspended to allow for other activities to be pursued. There are two Project Weeks each year and the first is generally carried out within each department, whilst the spring Project Week is managed across all departments. In Codarts Classical Music we have designed these autumn weeks to explore issues of professional development and entrepreneurship. In the past four years our themes have been:

2011       Personal development and entrepreneurship

Beginning with an inspirational address from Dame Janet Ritterman, former Director of The Royal    College of Music, the week held a series of instrumental and vocal workshops that looked at opportunities for individual specialisation. General workshops on entrepreneurship and orchestral playing were also presented by Neil Wallace (Programme Director, De Doelen), Henk Swinnen (Artistic Manager, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) and other speakers. Each day began with physical warm-up exercises taken by Robert Hlatky and a choir rehearsal with Wiecher Mandemaker which resulted in a sing-through of Fauré’s Requiem.

Codarts Chamber Music Recital

By on October 7, 2014 in Codarts Rotterdam

After a heartwarming Jubileum concert, including a performance of the Schubert Octet, to celebrate Nancy Braithwaite’s 25 years of clarinet teaching at Codarts earlier this year, Codarts Classical Music inaugurated its Chamber Concert Series last night. I was delighted to open with the Mozart Oboe Quartet playing with Natasha Morozova (violin), Ron Ephrat (viola) and

Codarts Orchestral Concerts

By on October 7, 2014 in Codarts Rotterdam

Last week Codarts Classical Music opened its year of public concerts with two performances in the Energiehaus in Dordrecht (3 October) and the Jurianssezaal of De Doelen, Rotterdam (5 October) by the Codarts Chamber Music under the direction of Igor Gruppman. The programme featured the 15-year old Hawijch Elders in an eloquent account of the

Open Podium at Codarts Rotterdam

By on August 26, 2014 in Codarts Rotterdam

Codarts Rotterdam begins its new year this week and it is great to see new and returning students again after the summer break. In the Classical Music Department we begin with an introductory session of our Open Podium series today. The idea behind Open Podium is to offer students a regular platform to play to

Codarts concerts 2013 – 2014

By on July 16, 2014 in Codarts Rotterdam

Now that the year has finished at Codarts Rotterdam it gives a moment to look back on the past year. We had a particularly busy concert schedule which included the 40-year Jubileum concert in November for our Conductor-in-Residence, Arie van Beek, who gave a great account of Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Codarts Academy

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