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At the heart of English folk
Performance Development

Performance Development

After working with the Aspire musicians, it was obvious there was a demand and need to spend some time looking at all elements of performance development and technique.

Working with the support of Help Musicians, we were able to offer a dedicated two-day course that focused solely on the art of being a successful performer.

The course took place at Cecil Sharp House, with the musicians from all over England staying in London overnight.

The schedule for the course was

Day 1
Andy Cutting and Paul James worked with all the artists to develop what makes a good performance and how best to prepare and plan to deliver your best on a consistent basis

Day 2
Debs Newbold brought theatre techniques and strategies to the artists to analyse how artists engage with audiences, and strategies for connecting with everyone in the room.

The whole course was both challenging and rewarding for artists, and a unique opportunity to explore and address some of the elements of performance that are taken for granted.

The results of this course can be seen in the performances of the artists, and we will intend to develop and fully integrate this strand into further work artists.

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The Full English

The Full English

Unlocking hidden treasure of England’s cultural heritage. The Full English is the world’s largest free digital archive English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs. Containing more than 58,400 items from 12 of the country’s most important early 20th century folk music collections, you can delve into wherever you are in the world.


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