Shaking off the Lockdown Lethargy

Former violin techniques teacher at the Royal Academy of Music, London, Julia Bishop is to share her considerable experience of playing and performing in an on-line seminar this month. Julia will give helpful advice on approaching a musical work for the first time, what to do if you hit a snag and how to rehearse immediately prior to appearing on stage.

Once a founder member of the celebrated Baroque ensemble, Red Priest, Julia has played as a soloist or leader with top notch orchestras all over the world. The Hanover Band, the English Consort, the Gabrieli Consort, the Brandenburg Consort are just a few.

Some amateur musicians may have been a bit dormant during the months of lockdown. If so, then this seminar is aimed at those in particular. As many of us know, it’s all too easy to slacken off your personal practice when there are no rehearsals or gig deadlines looming. Julia plans to sound a wakeup call for people to get practising in earnest for the time when quartets, orchestras or bands finally reconvene. In short, Julia’s ready to help shake off those lockdown blues.

Although Julia is a strings specialist, her seminar will be of great benefit to all musicians irrespective of which instrument they play and at what level of ability they have attained.

Julia’s seminar will be via Zoom at 11.00am on Thursday 30 July 2020. It will last for about an hour with time for questions. The cost is a paltry £8 per head which can be paid directly to Julia via BACs transfer.

Participants should apply to Julia by email ( giving their names and the instruments they play. Nearer the time Julia will send out invitations and joining instructions to those involved. Don’t delay as this is a golden opportunity to rekindle your enthusiasm.

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