The interest and enthusiasm for the Dalcroze work goes from strength to strength as this year’s International Easter Course was at capacity, with classes and workshops filled to the brim.

We welcomed students from South Africa, Cyprus, Sweden, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Highlights included:

  • Eugenia Arus, our guest tutor’s freshness of approach, encouraging Catalan spirit and gifted improvisation. Eugenia teaches at the Bellaterra University and the Joan Llongueras Dalcroze Institute, both in Barcelona.
  • Anita Memmott’s inspirational children’s class. Eleven local children between the ages of 5 – 7 years were taken on an imaginative journey of exploration into the world of dragons, learning along the way about the varying nuances and energies of music and developing their coordination, sense of space and social interaction.
  • Jane Holmes, now retired, sharing her Dalcroze life story with insight and wisdom. This was a moving and engaging account of her life’s work as a Dalcroze teacher and conductor who worked with massed choirs and orchestras as well as hearing-impaired children. Jane, who graduated in 1959, enjoyed the experience as much as the delegates, as her words testify: “a truly happy and glorious day”.

Student testimonials:

“Excellent course! … I’ve come away buzzing.”

“it was extremely well run and really slick. I learnt bucket loads, made lots of friends and am, as always, inspired to learn more, so thank you!”