One of the Festival aims is to maintain contact with Purbeck schools through either workshops or masterclasses. This has captured the imagination of local supporters who have given generously to fund the events we have held each year so far. Natalie is an inspiring teacher with cello students both here in the UK and worldwide. Her love of the cello and her belief in the life-enhancing power of music-making are communicated instantly whenever she plays and also when she speaks.
This year, several masterclasses will take place during the festival with the festival musicians and talented young musicians in addition to the children’s concert on Saturday 11:30am at the Fine Foundation Gallery and a singing masterclass on Sunday pm at the St Georg’s church in Langton Matravers.
In October last, The Purbeck School hosted a school workshop and performance featuring Gareth Lubbe and Abel Selaocoe, two outstanding musicians from South Africa.
In 2016 a masterclass with Natalie Clein took place on 30. 08. at St Mary’s Parish Church Swanage and an educational event for children and their families on 03.09. at the Learning Centre (Durlston Country Park) with Natalie Clein, Gareth Lubbe and the members of the Signum Quartet.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of local individuals, the Tsukanov Family Foundation, the Purbeck Quire Fund the Purbeck Arts Club, we are able to offer this masterclasses free to all participants.
In 2015 a workshop for school children took place at St Mark’s School with Festival musicians Natalie Clein, Katalin Kokas and Hayden Chisholm.
Also in 2015, a special ‘Up Close’ Children’s Concert in the Learning Centre, Durlston Castle, on Saturday 5th September, has been held.
In 2014 Natalie gave a Masterclass for young Dorset cellists in St Mary’s Church Swanage on the day after the Festival ended. Four students had short individual lessons, having played their solos for Natalie accompanied by Neil Sissons. The audience consisted of parents, interested adults, some of them also cellists, and also the younger less advanced students of Dorset cello teachers. After refreshments, all the young cellists played some ensemble pieces together with Natalie.
In 2013 a workshop was organised at Swanage Primary School for about 150 7/8 year olds. A colleague of Natalie’s, Chris Gayford who is an experienced music educator, introduced the children to listening games which they could all join in. When Natalie arrived with her cello the children’s excitement and interest doubled!
In 2011 Natalie gave a workshop at Purbeck View School, a residential school in Swanage for children with autism. This was funded by the Cambian Group. The students loved Natalie’s playing, being particularly fascinated by the mechanics of drawing the bow across the strings to produce all sorts of sounds.