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Music and mindfulness: Piano and yoga with Tom Poster and Elena Urioste – long weekend – intermediate to advanced – three places left

7 February 2020 @ 10:00 am - 9 February 2020 @ 3:30 pm

Join pianist Tom Poster and violinist Elena Urioste for a three day weekend of mindful practising, empowering movement, breathing, and exploring the spirit of camaraderie within music-making. 

Tom and Elena met in 2013 at a recording session for BBC Radio 3 where they were both members of the New Generation Artist scheme, and have since day one enjoyed a joyful musical collaboration. Both accomplished soloists in the UK and abroad, Tom and Elena emphasise a collaborative spirit in their concerto and smaller ensemble performances alike, and feel passionately about encouraging a spirit of equal partnership amongst their students and colleagues.

Over the course of the weekend, Tom will guide intimate, friendly piano masterclasses; teach individual 30-minute lessons and lead a workshop on performance preparation.

Elena will offer gentle yoga classes to start and end each day so that the participants can feel more limber, mindful, and perhaps more aware of the space within themselves in which to make music. Elena will also co-lead a chamber music workshop, where she will rehearse sonatas or shorter works with the participants.

On Saturday evening, Elena and Tom will perform a recital of some of their favourite works for violin and piano, including some of Tom’s own arrangements in the main hall at Finchcocks.

As is the case for all Finchcocks piano courses, each participant will have the use of their own personal grand piano for the weekend, with boutique hotel style accommodation provided in the adjoining grade 2 listed Finchcocks Coach House and lunches and dinner prepared daily by our very own chef using locally sourced ingredients.

This course would suit intermediate and advanced players, with plenty of time for private practice or rest and relaxation.

Tom features regularly on BBC Radio 3 and has made multiple appearances at the BBC Proms – his exceptional versatility has put him in great demand at festivals across the world, both as a performer and tutor. Elena has performed as soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States and the UK, and is a certified yoga instructor and a co-founder of Intermission, a program that unites music, movement, and mindfulness.

Course to include:

  • intimate, friendly piano masterclasses
  • individual piano lessons
  • morning and evening yoga sessions with an emphasis on posture, breathing, and freedom within music-making
  • chamber music class with option to rehearse works for violin and piano
  • recital with Tom Poster and Elena Urioste featuring some of Tom’s own arrangements
  • delicious food, wonderful wine, luxurious accommodation and world class tuition!

The course begins at 10am on Friday and ends at 3.30pm on Sunday.

For booking enquiries, please contact Jenny on 01580 428080 or fill in the form below.

Three day course

from £625 (inc accommodation, food, wine and tuition)



    7 February 2020 @ 10:00 am
    9 February 2020 @ 3:30 pm
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    Goudhurst, Kent TN17 1HH United Kingdom
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