Welcome to Bass Club
Now in its 27th year, Bass Club provides students the specialist tuition they need to reach and go beyond their ambitions. Courses are tailored to the individual's needs and the atmosphere is uniquely supportive.
Whether you are an advanced player taking professional auditions or a young player going on your first specialist course, Bass Club provides a wonderful opportunity to develop your skills and playing. The repertoire, teaching and communication styles have been developed over many years.
Bass Club's musical staff are all experienced, specialist bass teachers. On each course there is also a full programme of free time activities.
Over forty recent commissions of new music for chamber groups of basses provide Bass Club students with an extensive repertoire for all levels of playing.
This year we are returning to the intimate and inspiring surroundings of the Yehudi Menuhin School, set in a convenient rural location in Surrey. The school is conveniently placed between Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
The atmosphere is international, collegiate and exciting. The Yehudi Menuhin School is a fantastic setting for a bass course, with plenty of space to work and study, along with excellent accommodation and food.
German, Spanish, French and Swedish can be spoken in lessons this year as well as English. International students may ask for help with basses.
This year our teachers include David Moore of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra who will teach masterclasses and technique classes and Andy Benz from Denmark who will open our experiences to different musical genres and improvisation. Other teachers include Jan Alm, Gareth Wood and Caroline Emery (Course Director).
Junior CoursesJunior Course: Wed 21 - Sat 24 August
The Junior Course is for players up to Grade 5 (or as advised by Bass Club). It features quartets, musicianship and ensemble work. More advanced players in the group are recommended to consider also attending the Masterclass Day on Tuesday 20 August.
Main Course: Tues 20 - Sat 24 August
A masterclass with Jan Alm and Caroline Emery kicks off this course of technique classes, quartets, ensemble work and one-to-one sessions with Caroline and Jan.
Accelerated Group: Sun 18 - Sat 24 August
Building on last year's great success, this innovative course allows younger players to benefit from a carefully crafted timetable alonsgide the Advanced courses. Selection for this course will be by invitation or by submission of a CD/DVD.More information
For advanced students, Bass Club provides a unique mix of masterclasses, technique classes, orchestral classes, chamber music and ensemble training together with access to repertoire designed to stimulate development.
As the schedule for advanced students is wide but specialised, students gain confidence and skills that provide immediate and future benefit.
Advanced Course: Sun 18 - Tue 20 August
The Advanced Course caters for bassists who are at least Grade 8 standard. Most participants extend their experience by also attending the Advanced Continuation or Main courses.
Advanced Continuation Course: Sun 18 - Tue 20 August
There will be ten places on the Advanced Continuation Course. Students will benefit from progressive technique sessions. .
There are also masterclasses, performance classes and orchestral repertoire sessions with Petru Iuga, Caroline Emery and Jan Alm. There will also be individual lessons and chamber music. Selection for this course will be by invitation or by submission of a CD/DVD.More information
Bass Club courses in 2013
Bass Club holds three courses each year for young Double Bass players (2013 dates):