Join us in welcoming our newest tutor to Jackdaws – Lauretta Bloomer.
We are very excited to have Lauretta, who comes to us at the recommendation of experienced Jackdaws piano tutor James Lisney, and we are sure she is going to fit right in at her first course next month.
Lauretta comes from a very musical background:
Lauretta Bloomer studied piano with Yonty Solomon at the Royal College of Music in London and later in Vienna at the Hochschule für Muziek with Georg Ebert and Heinz Medjimorec where she was able to develop her knowledge and love for the music of the Viennese Schools and to specialise in chamber music. As soloist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist, Lauretta has played concerts throughout Europe, toured the US and more recently performed in Asia and Australia.
Lauretta has been invited as a guest at many international music festivals and has a broad repertoire encompassing all periods and styles. She is equally at home playing on period instruments of performing contemporary music. Recent concerts and recordings include the complete songs of Clara Schumann, Pierrot Lunaire, Vaughan Williams’ Piano Quintet, Mendelssohn’s Piano Sextet and Quartets as well as works by Brett Dean, Kerry Turner, Luciano Berio and George Benjamin.
Lauretta is an experienced teacher. Besides her own teaching in Amsterdam, she has given lecture recitals in the UK & Europe, and has given master classes in the United States in chamber music and piano accompaniment.
Lauretta will lead her first weekend piano course at Jackdaws “Playing with Poise” from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 September
“Art is a beautiful gift. What is more beautiful, than to clothe one’s feelings in sounds; what a comfort in sad hours, what a pleasure, what a wonderful feeling, to provide an hour of happiness to others. And what a sublime feeling to pursue art, so that one gives one’s life for it.” Clara Schumann.
These words reflect English born pianist Lauretta Bloomer’s own feelings towards music and the performing of it. This piano course is open to all who love playing the piano or those who are curious and would like to know more about it. We will work on fingering, correct use of the thumb, pedalling and posture, as well as tone production. The course will be divided into two parts with individual tuition and group participation, during which aspects of technique and musical interpretation will be covered. Participants will be encouraged to take turns to play pieces they are working on or would like to improve.
In a fun, relaxed and warmhearted atmosphere it is hoped that everyone will be inspired to take part and to learn from each other.