— Early Music Concert Series —
Evelyn Tubb (UK/CH) &
Michael Fields (USA/UK)
22–24 November 2014 (Sat–Mon) — Brno Conservatory & House of the Kunštát Lords, Brno, Czech Republic.
This is the general information about the masterclass. Related pages:
►► Time schedule, participants’ list.
►► Registration form for participants, detailed price list.
►► Teachers’ concert “Ayres & Arie”, 21 November 2014 at 19:30.
The official language of the masterclass is English; people are available to help as interpreters. The number of active participants is limited.
The masterclass is primarily focused on music of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism. Participants can bring any repertoire they feel comfortable with, “from the Middle Ages to Beatles”. We recommend that the singers learn their repertoire by heart.
21 Nov 2014
„Ayres & Arie“
|Dům pánů z Kunštátu,
602 00 Brno
22 Nov 2014
„Art of the Song“
třída Kapitána Jaroše 45,
602 00 Brno
23 Nov 2014
24 Nov 2014
|Dům pánů z Kunštátu,
602 00 Brno
The indicated times are tentative; the schedule will be communicated to the participants before the masterclass..
We highly recommend visiting the teachers’ concert “Ayres & Arie”.
|Passive participation||150 Kč|
|– with trial lesson with Evelyn Tubb, 10 minutes||400 Kč|
|Singing — 2 solo lessons with Evelyn Tubb, 20+30 minutes||1450–2150 Kč|
|The price depends on which days you want your solo lessons.|
|Lute and other instruments — 1 solo lesson with Michael Fields, 45 minutes||900 Kč|
|Accompanists who do not want a solo lesson pay only passive participation.|
|Ensemble — 1 ensemble lesson with Evelyn Tubb or Michael Fields||from 1200 Kč|
|An ensemble lesson is 30 minutes with Evelyn Tubb, 45 minutes with Michael Fields.|
|The price depends on the ensemble size and includes passive participation for all ensemble members.|
On request we can issue a receipt, invoice or other confirmation for the fiscal authorities, employer or other purposes.
For a limited number of persons we can offer a reduction in the participation fee.
For a limited number of participants we can arrange accommodation at special conditions in Hotel Amphone, located in the immediate vicinity of the masterclass.
Please forward this information to those who might be interested. We look forward to seeing you!
Evelyn Tubb has had a long love affair with music, whose several strands weave together to make a most stimulating life, with new horizons always beckoning. Performing is her first love, and manifests in various forms. Evelyn has devoted many years to vocal ensemble work, with the Consort of Musicke particularly, performing all over the world and leaving a legacy of many fine recordings. Her solo career has taken a unique path, working closely with Michael Fields, Anthony Rooley and other excellent accompanists to create recitals which are always exploratory, finding unknown masterpieces, presenting them with a real sense of theatre and a rich diversity of vocal colour. Evelyn has a passion for music-drama in its many forms, and has performed works ranging from Hildegard of Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum, through baroque opera, to pieces by Peter Maxwell-Davies and David Bedford.
All this extended experience in performance is brought to bear in her teaching. She is Vocal Professor at the internationally acclaimed specialist early music establishment, the ‘Schola Cantorum’, in Basel, Switzerland, and also travels to many parts of the world to give workshops and teach on summer courses; in recent years she has taught in Holland, Florida, Germany, Finland, Latvia, England and Japan.
Michael Fields (lute, guitar) was born in Hawaii, where the song of the surf and the rhythm of ukuleles made a lasting impression on him. He began his musical journey playing folk, rock and jazz in California and Australia, until a romantic interest in older music brought him to England in 1974 to study classical guitar and lute. His career as a performer, conductor, and teacher has since taken him back around the world several times. Michael is the Musical Director of Sastamala Gregoriana Early Music Festival in Finland, regarded as the leading early music festival in that country. His video of the Vivaldi Lute Concerto is a big favourite on YouTube!
Since meeting as students, Michael has enjoyed a fruitful partnership exploring music from folk-song to their own compositions with soprano Evelyn Tubb. Their communication with each other, the music and the audience has found followers from Japan and Australia to Europe, with critics praising “the absolute affinity between voice and instrument” achieved by the duo. They have performed, recorded and taught courses together throughout the world.
Here some comments from the participants in previous masterclasses.
In retrospect I can say that the courses make sense, especially when one takes part in the whole course, also passively. And it is probably necessary to emphasize this to all potential participants. If someone came only to his own lesson, he would miss a lot. I realized many things just by listening to the other participants. This is also related to the price.
Not only Evelyn’s approach to the masterclass, but also the concert convinced all of us how important performance and interpretation skills are. I feel that it is often forgotten that the singer mainly must be understood and must tell something. She convinced us especially when working with opera singers, whom she showed how to sing early music also with a big voice, and that it works.
I met great personalities of the music world, who are among the most competent to share their professional experience. The theoretical and incredibly practical knowledge of the interpretation of the compositions that came up during the course, also enriching the knowledge of (above all) the singers, both technically and personally, were undeniable evidence of the quality of the lessons. Although the courses were primarily focused on early music, visitors inclined towards different musical styles were also satisfied. Already the very opinion and attitude of Evelyn and Michael to the music was bound to inspire every active artist.
An added value that we greatly appreciate was the humbleness and respect not only towards music making, but also towards each course participant, which is not common with stars of the magnitude of Evelyn Tubb and Michael Fields. Great appreciation also to the organizers, thanks to whom everything proceeded in a completely relaxed and pleasant atmosphere.
My expectation was filled to the brim. On one hand I was pleasantly surprised by the level of the singers who had signed up for the course, but what really made me enthusiastic was the way Evelyn works. Having the opportunity to observe such a whirlwind of positive energy, novel and surprising pedagogical practices, along with great expertise, supported by years of experience, is a truly exceptional experience that comes along very rarely. The biggest surprise for me was when I came back to the children that I teach and found that even my way of teaching has changed for the better!
It was certainly brilliant that Evelyn Tubb’s and Michael Fields’ concert was directly connected to the course and on the same days, because this extracted the most of their visit and “mission”. It was very useful for me, after finishing the lessons also to see and especially hear what it eventually might look like. Also good was that Michael Fields involved himself in the lessons with his ideas and opinions; this way the work was more dynamic. It is needless to elaborate how inspiring and energetic personalities both are, Evelyn always perfectly capturing what each particular singer or song needs.
Although I participated passively, it was enlightening for me. It gave me the courage to enroll as an active participant next time and experience the contact with Evelyn from first hand. She was very charismatic and the work with her will surely be very intense. I look forward to next year.