Paul TaylorConductor & Cello Tutor
My Mission for the St Albans Music Weekend
The goal of the St Albans strings workshop weekend is to bring together like minded amateur string players to enjoy making music together in an inclusive, friendly and fun environment. This event has grown from the Innominato Strings group, a group of keen amateur musicians who share a passion for making music and enjoying the social and educational side of rehearsing and performing music. They are a group of friends and colleagues that span many age groups and backgrounds. The ethos of the Innominato Strings is one of inclusiveness.
All players are welcomed and supported no matter their experience or ability (usually from about grade 3). This weekend is a chance to get to know some lovely members of this group, and to meet like-minded creative and friendly musicians to share in the learning and performing of some interesting repertoire. The weekend will include group rehearsals, sectional tutorials and a performance to end the weekend. There will also be ample time to meet the members of the group and to relax in the beautiful historical St.Albans Area. All players welcome, all standards are catered for.
Conductor Paul Taylor, studied cello with Walter Despalj, the renowned cellist and teacher at the Zagreb Academy of Music, Croatia, then under Howard Penny, the former principal cellist of the Vienna Symphony, and principal of the European Chamber orchestra. He also studied with Dimitry Fershtman, professor of cello at the Conservertoire van Amsterdam, Rudolf Leopold, Viola de Hoog, and Alexander Baillie.
Paul has worked as a freelance cellist for 20 years and has played with many of Australia’s symphony orchestras. He has recorded for Sony music, Pixar and with many popular bands and performers, including John Farnham, Darryl Braithwaite, Gang of Youths and Paul Kelly.
Having studied chamber music with some of the worlds finest players in Europe and Paul has been directing and conducting chamber music, string orchestras and other ensembles for over 20 years. He is also the very popular conductor of Innominato Strings Orchestra, a large community orchestra based in Sydney.
Justin WhiteConcert Master & Violin Tutor
As promised we are trying to send you something exciting each month.
We are looking forward to our first experience playing a concerto and have chosen the very beautiful adagio movement of the Concierto di Aranjuez by Rodrigo. David Fryatt, classical guitarist, will be playing the solo part.
Justin White, who will also tutor the 1st violins during the workshop, has arranged the movement for guitar and string orchestra. In the interview with David and Justin (mp3 attached), Justin explains some of the challenges in arranging a guitar concerto, which has a dominant woodwind element, for guitar and string orchestra.
Attached here is Justin's arrangement. We will send out the separate parts later.
Also attached is the audio of the interview - please excuse the quality care of Hillbilly Audio Inc. with an completely incompetent audio technician (me).
Maria Dunn2nd Violins and Violas Tutor
Maria Dunn has a busy and diverse musical life in the Southern Highlands of NSW. She plays violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano. Over the years she has worked with choirs and musical groups in Sydney, Townville, Bathurst and the Southern Highlands. She has played in orchestras, musicals, bush bands and country bands. She currently directs two school choirs, a string ensemble and teaches instrumental music.