February 15-26. The vPlus Festival is an online festival from Potential Plus UK, full of workshops, webinars and discussions for young people with enquiring minds, their families and schools.

Meet the Orchestra – Rowan Bendall – Ages 8-18

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Meet the Orchestra – Rowan Bendall – Ages 8-18

Ages 8-18

An introduction to the instruments of a modern symphony orchestra.

Using lots of examples from famous symphonic works, ranging from the early Baroque right through to modern symphonic repertoire being written today, we will listen to each of the main instruments, and how they fit into the overall sound of the section, and the orchestra as a whole. Exploring what makes the sound of each instrument unique and special, how different composers have used each instrument, and how to identify an instrument by its appearance and sound, we will also examine how each one works, and how its sound is produced, and some of the technical challenges and special techniques which can be used. There will be a comprehensive listening list for you to discover after the course, with an emphasis on listening to how each instrument’s sound adds to the texture and overall sound of the orchestra.

Session Presenter

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Rowan Bendall

Having flown aeroplanes for the last 20 years, Rowan found herself without gainful employment at the beginning of the pandemic. She has redesigned her life from the ground up, and has now knitted herself a new career or two drawing upon her experience as a trainer and facilitator, her love of music, her interests in psychology and learning, and her appreciation of living with the day-to-day quirks and challenges of raising and home educating two kids in a high learning potential family. She is now freelancing as a facilitator; trainer; orchestrator and arranger; performer; resource, life, employment and personal development coach and recruiter. In her spare time, she administrates the Global Cello Project and manages NHS trust mobile wellbeing lounge bookings and is an on-call operations manager for Project Wingman, a charity providing wellbeing spaces, and lots and lots of cups of tea for exhausted front line NHS workers on its fleet of double decker buses!

Event Hours(1)

  • Thurs 17th Feb

    11.30 - 12.30

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