artistry beyond the notes…

Education, Research, Knowledge Exchange


photoDeNOTE’s approach to historical performance is not just limited to playing ‘period instruments’: many aspects of our interpretations suit modern instruments too.

Through our educational work, we aim to introduce young players to possibilities of sound and style that they can take back into their ‘modern‘ performance experiences.

Feedback from our 2-day residency at Hull University in Hull UK capital of Culture 2017 (March 2017):

“We’d like to send a huge thank you to Ensemble DeNOTE for providing a fantastic masterclass experience as always for our University of Hull music students!”

images-3“Today’s open rehearsal with Ensemble DeNOTE was sounding fantastic! It was such an invaluable opportunity for our students to watch such distinguished professionals rehearse.”


Feedback from our 2-day residency at Benslow Music (February 2016):

“A privilege to participate”

“Really inspiring”

“Their playing as an ensemble was outstanding. Just listening gave me a better idea how to make the music ‘speak’ and how to engage the audience”

“The tuition was the best I have ever experienced at Benslow”

“Marvellous hard-working, sensitive, musical and tactful tutors who catered for a wide ability range”

“Hearing the ‘Mozart piano’ was a revelation”

“The course tutors were superb and were very generous with their time, so that was a real plus”

“I found the course absolutely inspiring and a real revelation to hear the fortepiano”

“The tutors were unfailingly helpful and encouraging & gave their time freely. It was a privilege to have them work with us”

“I hope Ensemble DeNOTE come again”

Feedback from participants on our Mixed Chamber Music Course at Benslow Music, February 2017:

“5/5 Very sympathetic tutors, who conveyed their enormous knowledge with a light touch.”

“5/5 Top class experience”

“5/5 An aspect of this course which differentiates it from others [at Benslow Music] is the attention to interpretation. There is time to focus on performance.”


Feedback from our 2-day residency with Peterborough Music Education Hub (April 2015):


“The musicians were all very talented and clearly enjoy performing. They engaged the children well, and had a lovely manner with them.”

“A wonderful afternoon – thank-you!”

“The mixture between performance and audience participation was balanced”

DeNOTE has worked with young performers in London, Manchester, Cambridge, Cardiff, Hull, Bristol, Newcastle, Canterbury, Peterborough, Aberdeen, St. Andrews…


We aim, through our performances and also through our educational workshops, to introduce young players to the exciting soundworld that a period approach can offer. Sometimes on period instruments, mainly on modern instruments, our work with students in Higher Education has focused on reimagining Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, (also, Brahms, Debussy, Stravinsky, Poulenc…) through the eyes and ears of period specialists. Exploring the potential to read ‘between the lines’ of the notated scores and to reconsider possibilities of sound through a knowledge of the colours and textures of instruments familiar to the composers themselves.


DeNOTE’s recent and upcoming education projects include:

*Early Clarinet Masterclass (Royal Northern College of Music)

*Classical Chamber Music (Peterborough Music Education Hub)

*Mozart Piano Concertos (University of Cambridge; Guildhall School of Music & Drama; Cardiff University)

*Beethoven Septet and Trios (Goodenough College, London; University of Hull; Aberdeen University)

*Mozart Piano Sonatas (University of Bristol)

*The Classical clarinet repertoire (University of Newcastle)

*Wind and keyboard music of the German baroque (St. Andrews University)

Education work for 2014 have included DeNOTE side-by-side projects in collaboration with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, including a Workshop on a new piano and winds arrangement of Mozart Piano Concerto, K.271, and chamber music by Mozart (Piano Trio, K.548) and Beethoven (Piano Quartet, Op.16).


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