Performance Masterclass and Composition Workshop

We invited Elly, a first year music student, to provide a guest post about a recent day on the music programme at Lincoln.

On Tuesday 22 November, two professional musicians – Rebecca Smith and Jonathan Sage – visited the Music Department to expand the students knowledge through a series of masterclasses.

Rebecca is a freelance violinist and violist of chamber music,orchestral playing and teaching. This meant she was extremely knowledgeable in aiding Emily and I to enhance our performance of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto to enable it to sound more virtuosic.

Jonathan is a concert clarinetist and also teaches at schools in York and the University of York. This was useful in helping Chloe improve her clarinet piece – Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite by Paul Reade – particularly focusing on phrasing.

In preparation for a composition workshop, second year music students on the composition pathway were asked to compose a short piece of music for violin and clarinet. During the workshop, Rebecca and Jonathan played these pieces and discussed with the composers possible improvements along with whether the music was appropriate for the instruments. The musicians were also presented with a graphic score by a student. This was particularly interesting as it took the instrumentalists by surprise. It focused on their interpretations of the score rather than the composer dictating what and how it should be played.

We are extremely grateful to Rebecca and Jonathan for helping us improve our performing and composing. Giving us insight into how the music should be played in the best way for the given instruments. We look forward to similar opportunities where we can have direct feedback and hear our music played.


Elly Yeatman is a first year music student who plays violin and piano. She is currently studying a range of music modules at Lincoln. She hopes to go on into a career involving music psychology.

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