Early Music as Education with Plumer Visiting Fellow, Dr Alberto Sanna

Music at St Anne's College includes both world-class tuition in composition, conducting, performance, history and analysis, and a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities. To enhance both aspects, Professor Martyn Harry (Tutor in Music, Dorset Foundation Lecturer in Music, Annie Barnes Fellow in Music) and Dr John Traill (Director of Music) have invited violinist and musicologist Dr Alberto Sanna (Director of the Liverpool-based charity Early Music as Education) to join the College as Plumer Visiting Fellow and Artist in Residence with the St Anne's Camerata, the College's instrumental equivalent of the more traditional choral foundations.

During his time at St Anne's, Dr Sanna will contribute to Dr Traill's pioneering outreach activities with the Oxfordshire Music Service’s Advanced Musicianship Programme, contribute to the College's Music Recital series and instruct Camerata members in the historically informed performance of eighteenth-century repertoires.

‘Early Music’ is a colloquial name for the musical cultures of the European peoples between the Commercial Revolution of the fifteenth century and the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century – before the large-scale exploitation of natural resources through advanced technical means, the mass production and world-wide commercialisation of goods, the replacement of the master-pupil model of instruction with the class format. In a less narrow sense, ‘early music’ is a way of interpreting European music from the earliest written record to the late nineteenth century according to historical performance practices and, when possible, on period or copies of period instruments. An early-music specialist is a musician, usually trained to conservatoire standards, whose interpretations of pre-1900 repertoires are informed by musicological findings about historical performance practices (so-called ‘historically informed performance’ or HIP).

On Friday 23 February 2018, the 15-piece string orchestra of the Liverpool-based charity EMAE will travel to St Anne's College to take part in the Music Recital series promoted by the College's Director of Music Dr John Traill. Under the leadership of Dr Alberto Sanna - EMAE Director, Plumer Fellow at St Anne's College and Artist in Residence with the St Anne's Camerata - the 10 secondary-school children and 4 professional tutors currently involved in the training programme will perform on their own as well as alongside a like-minded ensemble from Oxford, the Oxfordshire Baroque Strings (aka Oxybaroxy). Both ensembles specialise in the music of the long eighteenth-century performed according to historical performance practices and, just like the St Anne's Camerata, are made of professional musicians and talented music students.

Early Music as Education (EMAE) is a registered charity based in Merseyside that promotes the cultural, social and economic value of early music through regular educational, recreational and scholarly activities. In particular, in collaboration with local schools and other organisations, we offer to select string players aged 11 to 16 free training in HIP and chamber music (with special emphasis on the music of the ‘long eighteenth century’, from Corelli to Schubert) under the guidance of expert theoreticians and practitioners in the field. This include weekly sessions that take place in school throughout the year, several concert productions across the UK and abroad, and an intensive summer programme.

The yearly programme will reach its first climax in March when, from Sunday 18 to Monday 26, Dr Sanna and five of St Anne's Camerata Scholars Hannah Munday (violin), Conor Carleton (viola), Lennox Smith (cello), Richard English (double bass) and Joshua Asokan (keyboard and conductor) - will visit Nairobi, Kenya. They will engage in a high-profile concert production and in an outreach programme involving the aspiring musicians of St Paul's Choir, as well as students from the  University of Nairobi, Tangaza University, the Kenya Conservatoire and Nairobi Boys/Girls School.

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