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London AT Friends: Friends Concert

Fri 3 February 2017

19:30 – 21:30 GMT

Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel

3 Pilgrim's Place



A second concert, this one with a Scottish theme, given by classical musicians and singers from within the wider Alexander community. A chance to meet others interested in the Alexander Technique over free drinks at the interval. Tickets:…

The Charity for The F Matthias Alexander Technique

Foundation Course for Young Musicians

The Charity (whose working title is Friends of the Alexander Technique) has developed a syllabus for a 10 week course - with attendance certificate - which can be offered to music departments in schools and colleges. 

Training Day

STAT teachers are invited to apply for a one day training to prepare you to deliver this course.

Date: Sunday 12th March
Time: 09:30am to 5:30pm
Venue: ArtsEd College, Chiswick, London W4
Cost: £80

The training day will be run by tutors who are experienced in running groups and in working with young musicians: Peter Buckoke, John Crawford, Tony Cross and Penny O'Connor (details below).

Teachers who attend the training day will be accredited to deliver the course to schools and colleges, will receive the course syllabus and associated hand-outs and can give the Charity's certificate to pupils who complete the course.

To reserve a place or ask questions please contact John Hunter. Places will be confirmed on receipt of the fee which can be paid by cheque or online bank transfer (details will be sent to applicants).

Training Day Tutors

Peter Buckoke

Peter oversees the Alexander department at the RCM, where the technique is embedded in the BMus degree.

Peter is also professor of double bass at the RCM and plays both modern and baroque bass with various chamber groups in London.

He is a founding member of The Schubert Ensemble of London, winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 'Best Chamber Group' award, and has often been invited to play with other small chamber groups when they need a bass player for larger repertoire, including the Alberni, Allegri, Arditi, Chillingirian, Coul, Dante, and Endellion string quartets.

In 2006, Peter was invited to an international double bass convention at The China Conservatory in Beijing, representing European bass playing, he gave a solo recital and workshops looking at the Alexander Technique in relation to double bass playing, both on National television.

With his wife, Judith Kleinman, he is co-author of The Alexander Technique for Musicians, published by Bloomsbury.

In his spare time, Peter looks after several colonies of bees.

John Crawford

John has, throughout his career, combined instrumental teaching with practising and teaching Alexander Technique, performing and coaching. From 1976 to 1986, John was a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra during which time he also taught at Westminster School. In 1991 he joined the Trinity College of Music staff and was that year also appointed to teach Alexander Technique in the Royal College of Music Junior Department.

Westminster School
Trinity Laban
Royal College of Music

1999 - paper on Body Mapping for Strad magazine

2000 - European String Teachers Association

Tony Cross

Tony studied at The City University and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Having graduated he has been ubiquitous as a freelance trumpeter on the London classical music scene for thirty years.

Tony has had close ties with music making in Norway where he held the position of co-principal trumpet in the Bergen Philharmonic orchestra and the contemporary music ensemble BIT20.

On returning from Norway he enjoyed a period of six years working as principal trumpet in West End musical theatre and trained as an Alexander Technique teacher with Ron Colyer and Ray Evans.

Tony teaches AT and trumpet at the Purcell School and Trinity Conservatoire. He continues to freelance widely.

Penny O'Connor

Penny worked as an actor writer director teacher in London in 1980’s, re-trained in AT with David Gorman and Margaret Edis in 1992.

Has a private practice in Central London, runs holiday workshops, courses and lessons for AT teachers, trainees, students, beginners on Greek Island of Alonnisos.

She has worked since 1997 at the theatre schools in ArtsEd in West London for Musical Theatre, Acting, MA, BA, and A level students. 

Assistant to Ilana Machover at Queens Park Alexander Training, specialising in voice.

Led workshops for musicians in Thessaloniki, the Ionian University in Corfu; led workshops with Graeae Theatre education programme, Mind The Gap theatre group for special needs; AT consultant for Northampton Theatre production company; visiting lecturer at Central School for screen acting, London Musical Theatre; led workshops at STAT congresses in Oxford and Lugano in ‘What is presence on stage?’ and ‘Higher Creative Self.’

Foundation Course for Young Musicians – Summary

This course will introduce students to the Alexander Technique, giving them an overview of its potential to help them in their practice and performance, and in daily life, and a set of practical skills they can apply every day.

The Alexander work helps people become more aware of how their mind and body function, their intentions and their automatic habits in responding to whatever is going around them. Physical habits are often the most noticeable initially and musicians especially can benefit greatly from experiencing a more natural poise and ease, especially when relating to their musical instrument. Mental and emotional responses to different situations also become clearer once a student is more aware. They can find more calm and choices available to them with this knowledge. With practical tools to help, practice, performance and every day life can be approached differently, with more confidence and ease.

The course will consist of ten, 60 minute sessions. Two sessions will be reserved for individual, hands-on, lessons – 20 minutes for each student. This gives a chance for each student to address individual areas of concern/interest.

Each of the group lessons will cover a different topic relevant to the students, and be mostly experiential in nature. Handouts covering the theoretical background will accompany each session. The sessions will encourage curiosity and questioning – in a non-judgmental atmosphere, students will be encouraged to engage in the practical experiments and talk about what they notice about themselves and whatever is happening.

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