Series 6 – Symphony’s Selected Sections

Many people attend orchestral concert, can name the instruments but the actual physicality, dimension, sound production, history and function of most instruments remains a mystery. This series deals with a family of instruments in each class, the occasionally used instruments and the role of the conductor.

1. The string section

the string section is the biggest family in the orchestra and although the instruments all look the same, there are many varying characteristics in each instrument

2. The woodwind section

This section is grouped together solely because they were all originally made of wood. Each instrument is more dissimilar than similar and has a family of its own.

3. The Brass section

All the instruments in the brass family are blown the same way but their function within the orchestra is very different.

4. The percussion section

The percussion section is the most varied. There are instruments that are hit, strummed, have pitch, are loud and soft. The percussionist needs to be able to play this huge array of instruments.

5. Occasional orchestral instruments

There are many other instruments that are occasionally used in the orchestra. The addition of other instruments has always been a feature of the orchestra and in this class we look at some of them.

6. The role of the conductor

What is the actual role of the conductor? Can the orchestra function without one and what makes a good conductor?

  • Classes must be taken as a series of 6.
  • Each class runs for 1 and a half hours starting with coffee and cake. Please see website or call Andy for course times and dates.
  • All classes are held once a month and last for 1 and a half hours.
  • Minimum of 5 per class.
  • Locations are the Eastern suburbs or North Shore. They are easily accessable by public transport.
  • Address will be supplied upon enrollment.
  • Classes may be conducted elsewhere and can be customised to fit your specific group.