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John directs an exciting collaboration between the Oxfordshire County Music Service and St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford (where John is Director of Music), presenting the Advanced Musicianship Programme aimed at secondary schools across Oxfordshire, with a particular focus on preparing GCSE, AS, and A Level students in composition and harmony.  The benefits of this outreach and development project have already been far-reaching, and expanded plans are in motion for 2013-14.

The AMP 2013 has involved nine events that have included recitals, lectures, small-group seminars, and workshops.  These have involved collaborations between John and composers (Martyn Harry, Ash Madni) and performers (Daniel Swain, Laura Lucas, Madalina Rusu, Mami Shikimori, and Yllka Istrefi).

A brief overview of the programme is below:

Part I (Introduction, Music History + Composition, with Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra):
Friday 23rd November 2012, St Annes College, Oxford
6pm – Mami Shikimori: Brahms 3rd Piano Sonata.
7-8pm -  Seminar: General introduction to the Advanced Musicianship Programme and brief historical overview of music.

Saturday 24th November 2012, Centre for Music, Bayards Hill School, Oxford OX3 8GA (CMS)
11am – Seminar – ‘Structure and Form’:
11.45-12.30 – Seminar and workshop with the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra (OCYO)

Part II (Composition):
Saturday 1st December 2012, CMS
1-3pm – Composition seminars
An in-depth introduction to the fundamentals of composing, by Dr. Traill

Part III (Harmony and Composition):
Friday January 25th 2013, St Annes College, Oxford
6pm – Yllka Istrefi – Piano
Mozart Sonata in A Minor K310
Trimor Dhomi Meditation
Claude Debussy Preludes, Book 1 no.6: Des pas sur la neige; Preludes, Book 2 no.12: Feux d’artifice
Sergei Prokofiev  Piano Sonata no. 3 in A minor, Op.28
7pm-8pm – Seminar (lecture): Harmony and Composition
8-9pm – small group sessions (2-3 per class)

Saturday 26th January 2013
Small group workshops on compositions

Part IV (Harmony and Free Composition contd.):
Friday 8th February 2013
6pm – Madalina Rusu – Piano
Chopin Ballade no.1 in G minor
Debussy L’isle joyeuse
Granados  Balada: El amor y la muerte
Falla Fantasia Baetica
7-9pm – small groups, working through harmony exercises and compositions

Friday 8th March 2013, St Annes College, Oxford
6pm  - Recital by Daniel Swain and Laura Lucas
7-9pm – small group presentations on compositions developed so far.
Part V (final exam preparation – Harmony subjects):
Saturday 4th May 2013, CMS
11-11.45am – Seminar on Harmony.
11.45-12.45 – Independent work by all, completing set harmony exercises
12.45 – small group sessions with Dr. Traill.
2.15-2.30 Concluding thoughts

Saturday 25th May (originally listed as Saturday 11th May 2013), CMS
11-11.45am – Seminar on Harmony.
11.45-12.45 – Independent work by all, completing set harmony exercises
12.45 – small group sessions with Dr Traill.
2.15-2.30 Concluding thoughts



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