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Webinar 04 November 2021

Presentation Skills for Orchestral Musicians

An interactive training experience via Zoom, designed to deepen your understanding of what audiences need from musicians, and to give practical advice on how to present well and with ease.

Different percussive instruments, zoomed in on and unattended.
Date Thursday, 4 November 2021
Time 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location Online
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Different percussive instruments, zoomed in on and unattended.

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About the event

The MU is delighted to announce a new series of online events this Autumn for our Orchestra Section members. There will be four different interactive workshops covering health, wellbeing, presentation skills and workshop design, providing a perfect opportunity to network with colleagues and meet some of our expert trainers.

For our second workshop, come and hear from Catherine Arlidge MBE – violinist, concert presenter and educator – in a small workshop group style format. Designed specially to support musicians to communicate effectively with audiences in person and in the digital world.

These sessions include video advice from Tamsin Greig, Bill Bailey, Stephanie Flanders, Thangam Debonnaire MP, Stephen Hough and Satnam Rana. You will explore the 5 P’s of presenting well: Pitch, Prepare, Practice, Pace and Perform, to draw out confidence and the individuality in the participants.

What will this session cover?

  • How to be natural, be you, be personal
  • Your body language and eye contact
  • How to use your skills as a musician to help – planning, preparation, breathing, rehearsing, allowing spontaneity
  • How to understand what audiences need from you
  • The introverted public speaker
  • How to interview
  • How to pace a short speech/conversation
  • How to become aware of habits and ticks that might be off-putting
  • How to use humour or not
  • Who do we admire/who can we learn from
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Catherine Arlidge MBE

Catherine Arlidge is a violinist, concert presenter, founder member of the Stringcredibles and the Artistic and Educational Director of the National Children's Orchestras of GB. Her extensive experience of public speaking has been developed through hosting family and schools concerts, pre concert talks, webinars, conference sessions and a TED talk.

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