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Workshops using Music Concepts


'I attended all three workshops, and found them to be incredibly inspiring. A great balance of teaching, discussion and practical making, all very useful and opening up new directions in my practice.'

William Lindley, artist
attending the Paul Klee and Music Concepts series
'Great combination of theory, presentation and activity, particularly enjoyed discussions'

a writer on one of the writer's workshops using music concepts
'... The course was informative and inspirational. Virginia is an experienced and gifted educator with an ability to instil confidence by generating an open and accepting environment which enables free and uninhibited creative expression.'

Alicia Hunt
Composition Seminar Student
Morley College 2013
'I started attending the composition classes at Morley College with Virginia Firnberg at a point in my life when I had again engaged with music & creativity. The classes encouraged me enormously & challenged me from a one minute miniature for solo piano to an art/graphic score project celebrating Cornelius Cardew. The classes inspired me to continue and I have recently completed a Masters in composition after the joy of studying at Morley College.'

Martin Gaughin, composer
Brain Teaser
The Wanstead Tap, Arch 352, Winchelsea Road, London, E7 OAQ, UK
Saturday 9 July 2016, 11.00-1.30

Composer Virginia Firnberg will be leading a soundwalk, for groups including families with young children, teenagers, and arts practitioners. Explore the sounds of Wanstead flats and surrounding areas with guided listening exercises, interactive sound events as well as hands-on activities and a 'sound treasure hunt' for youngsters.

To book, call Virginia on: 07813-116505

Music Techniques for Artists, Writers and Composers
The Rosetta Arts Centre, The Humble Gallery, 1 Hamilton Road, West Ham, London, E15 3AE, UK
14 April 2016 - 19 May 2016, 11.30-13.30

Artists, Writers and Composers, get inspired at these two hour, hands-on, workshops showing how music techniques can be used across the arts disciplines.

During the workshops, you will listen to a short presentation of a specific musical technique, then you will learn how to apply this technique to your own work in a supportive environment alongside creatives from your own or others’ disciplines. In addition, there will be opportunities to learn from each other’s work. You will ideally need three or more years experience in your own discipline.

Composers: bring a pencil, a rubber and manuscript paper, and/or a computer with your favourite composing programme on, a keyboard will be provided. Artists: bring any material that you would like to work with. Writers: notebook and pen, laptop etc.


WAVE-A Community Choir for East London
Harmony Hall, Melody Room, 10 Truro Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 7BY, UK
Wednesday 13 April 2016, 7.30-9.30

In a warm, fun and supportive atmosphere, we will sing warm-ups, some songs (from a range of Folk, Classical, Gospel, Jazz, Pop, Rock etc.), have a cup of tea and a chat, sing a few more songs, and go home, or go to the pub, then do it all over again the next week. Virginia will direct, she is an experienced musician, composer, educator and arranger and is currently the musicial director for The three Valleys Male Voice choir, among other things.

Introduction to Reading Music C
Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT, UK
Sunday 13 March 2016, 10.30-17.00

For those with some basic ability to read musical notation, including:  the five-line stave, treble and bass clefs, simple rhythmic values and time signatures. This course extends your understanding of music notation and theory, and will assist instrumental learning, singing, musicianship and general understanding of music.
Ideally taken by those who have done Introduction to Reading Music A and B. Excellent for those singing in a choir.

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