Monday, July 25, 2005

Gambello 2005 Workshop Review

‘The best Gambello yet’ - Anon.

This year Gambello took place at the beautiful historic Clontarf Cottage, Balmain. Not only blending appropriately to the historic aspect of Gambello, it provided us with a comfortable home for the 3 Gambello days.

Present this year were 5 tutors - Tim Blomfield, Kirra Thomas, Chris Berensen, Kate Walpole and Nadia Piave (for details, please refer to previous posts).

Gambello attracted students from Sydney as well as interstate and overseas. Many of the students were experiendced "baroque" musicians; it was good to also have modern musicians trying baroque instruments for the first time. (This is always such a delightful experience to witness.)

The first morning we learnt all about temperament. To my own delight I discovered finally how Bach’s “well” temperament sounds i.e. the temperament he used for the Well Tempered Klavier. After a beautiful morning tea of Gambello blend coffee and home made muffins prepared by Jackie Blomfield, Gambello’s caterer, we split into two teams to play chamber music and the other to do master classes, after which we had lunch on the verandah in the sun.

The following morning was delighted by a similar quality morning tea, chamber music, master classes and a most inspired game in which we all learnt the rhetoric and tendencies of commonly used figured basses in Baroque music.

At our disposal every afternoon was Nadia Piave with her stunning voice to practice recitative in the Italian, German and English styles. This was invaluable, particularly for bass instrumentalists who rarely have the chance to rehearse recitative at professional engagements. It is not so often that bassoon is requires to play a recitative, but it has been asked of me and I was grateful for this opportunity to practice it.

Many thanks go to Tim Blomfield for this innovative incentive, Australia’s only Workshop in Historically Informed Performance.

~ Kate Walpole 25 July 2005


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