CIAC Virtual Course Programme Spring 2024 Brahms Symphonies
Our next series of virtual courses led by CIAC Artistic Director, Jonathan Mann will focus on the four symphonies composed by Johannes Brahms. During each course participants will spend time discussing the score in detail, listening critically from the conductor’s perspective to a selection of recordings and working through the medium of conducting in silence which has proven to be a unique aspect of the CIAC teaching philosophy.
Participants who sign up for the whole programme are invited to two special bonus sessions with guest lecturer Maarten Brandt, the prominent Dutch orchestral dramaturg. Maarten has spent his lifetime devising programmes with eminent conductors such as Bernard Haitink and Jac Van Steen and during this course will guide participants through the process of successfully programming Brahms orchestral works. The spring programme will culminate with an option to take part in a live workshop day for any participants who are interested and able to travel. This will take place in London with professional pianist on May 18th.
Testimonials from previous CIAC Virtual Courses:
“This course was immensely valuable and helpful. Jonathan Mann knew exactly how to help me improve, and it was a pleasure to learn in such a supportive environment. The silent conducting was particularly useful.”
“Imagine a seminar where intellectual imagination, collaboration, and curiosity, are allowed to run rampant within a musical setting. That is what CIAC represents for me: a space, online and in-person, that envision conducting as a purely musical pursuit or vocation, untethered to the strings of expectations. Jonathan Mann has created a flexible schedule that maximises learning and experience within an orchestral setting. Most importantly, CIAC is not formulaic to chase a brand of conducting. Instead, Mann has curated a learning experience tailored to each participant.”
January 13/14: Symphony no. 1
February 3/4: Symphony no. 2
April 20/21: Symphony no. 3
May 11/12: Symphony no. 4
Bonus Sessions Programming Brahms with Maarten Brandt:
Saturday, March 2nd, 9am - 1pm UK time
Saturday March 30th, 9am - 1pm UK time
Live Workshop day in London with professional pianist:
May 18th, 9am - 5pm - free choice of repertoire from any Brahms symphony
NB. The programming sessions with Maarten Brandt are only open to participants who sign up for the whole virtual programme. The live workshop day in London is an additional add on for anyone interested and able to travel.
Course Outline (UK time) The provisional schedule for each course is as follows:
Day 1 (Saturday) 1:30pm Welcomes and score discussion 3:30pm Break 3:45pm Score Discussion continued and listening museum 5:30pm End of Day
Day 2 (Sunday) 9am Score Discussion and listening museum continued 10:45am Break 11am Virtual Conducting Session 1 1:30pm Lunch 2:30pm Virtual Conducting Session 2 4:30pm Closing Discussion 5pm End of the day
Participants Each masterclass will be limited to ten active participants to maximise the time available for individual work with Jonathan Mann. Early application is recommended!
Observers Observers are welcome to observe the whole course.
Fees (GBP) Participant for the whole programme: £480 Participant per course: £130 Live London Workshop add on: £130 Observer per course: £60
Applications and other information
Participants selected on a first come first served basis
Prospective participants who are new to CIAC must provide a CV for review to email@example.com
Observers can register by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment details will be sent out via e-mail
Fees are non refundable for all CIAC courses unless the course is cancelled by the organiser