Noteworthy donations for Music

Music students will benefit from donations totalling over £4000 from the Ernest Cook Trust and Music for All and EMI Music Sound Foundation which have enabled the College Music Department to purchase a double bass, a bass clarinet and an electronic drum kit. These new instruments will be used by hundreds of music students over the coming years and will enrich learning in solo and ensemble performance. The initial cost of both instruments can be prohibitive to many students, so the opportunity to use a College instrument is invaluable. Also the logistics of moving such large instruments from home to College can be difficult.

Sam Carr, previously at St Nicholas’ School, is currently studying Music and Music Technology and was lucky enough to be the first student to play the new bass clarinet on its arrival. Sam, who plays in the Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra, already plays the clarinet and said ‘I am really excited to have the opportunity to play the new bass clarinet and to get to grips with its range of extended techniques. I have just been awarded a Composition Scholarship from Hampshire Music Service, and having a better understanding of different instruments like the bass clarinet will be really useful for this.’

The bass clarinet will be used by several jazz musicians who are woodwind players already and will give them the opportunity to explore a wider range of repertoire from the early large jazz ensembles through to the late 60s and 70s Jazz Fusion repertoire. A bass clarinet is a superior instrument in terms of multi-phonics and will allow talented players to explore extended techniques beyond the standard A Level curriculum. There are more opportunities for players who are able to double in an instrument in orchestras, music conservatories and competitive University courses in Music. The instrument will be available to use by any reed player particularly clarinetists and saxophonists.

The new department double bass will be used by students in the orchestra, chamber music making, jazz and composition classes. For most undergraduate performance courses and music conservatories experience of both electric and string bass is desirable so the new instrument will increase students’ skill set.

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