Virtual Recording Session for Brass and Strings

Virtual Recording Session for Brass and Strings

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This one hour online experience is for our advanced string and brass students of Grade 6+ standard, taking place in two separate zoom sessions (1 hour for the string players, 1 hour for the brass players). The main aim is to simulate a recording session, performing and adapting string and brass parts to famous tracks as if they were being recording in a setting such as Abbey Road studio 2. The event will give participants some background information about recording studios and the equipment used, followed by lots of precise playing along to music by bands such as Bastille and Muse.

Our guest for the day Barnaby Philpott (see biography) will act as a producer for these exciting Surrey Arts sessions, recreating a recording session environment whilst music is played to a click track using headphones. Participants will be muted when playing but students will be able to contribute to the session. Participants will have printed out their music beforehand in order to pencil in markings and instructions from Barnaby and PDF parts will be sent prior to the event.

It is strongly advised to use headphones throughout in order to make the most of this session. Barnaby will ask participants to play sections of tracks multiple times using varying styles and techniques, just as a recording session would require players to do. We really hope you enjoy this event which will open up a normally secretive area of the music industry!

Please note there will also be an informal zoom rehearsal for participants on Saturday 20 February from 11.00am – 12.00pm to help students learn and prepare their music for the main event the following Saturday. Full details to follow upon booking.


  • Zoom details to be sent nearer the time of the event
  • Saturday 27 February: Strings session 10.00 – 11.00am Brass session 11.30am – 12.30pm
  • Informal rehearsal session on Saturday 20 February via zoom from 11.00am – 12.00pm
  • PDF copies of the music and audio links to be sent out in advance
  • Participants will need to print their music out where possible and use a pencil throughout the session to mark instructions from the producer (tablet and annotation device also fine e.g. iPad and apple pencil)
  • Headphones required wherever possible in order to get the most out of this event and hear each track in better detail
  • This event is for Grades 6 and above only. A similar event will take place in future for other pupils
  • Barnaby Philpott is our visiting guest with the sessions run by Surrey Arts team leads Carl Woodcroft and Yvette Madden

Barnaby Philpott

Barnaby Philpott

Originally from Essex, Barnaby currently lives in South-East London. Working across the capital, the UK and around the world, he has spent his career so far as a performer and recording artist, focusing on making music and art that he is genuinely passionate about. It has ranged from performing in arenas, stadiums and on television with world-class artists such as Muse, Bastille, Lorde, Michael Bublé and Public Service Broadcasting to touring classical concert halls and opera houses with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

He has also enjoyed performing regularly as a featured musician both on-stage and in the pit in plays and musicals at West-End theatres as well as at Shakespeare’s Globe, The Donmar and The National Theatre. Productions such as Follies, Evita, Show Boat, Bat Out Of Hell, Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and Richard II have been particular highlights in recent years.

As a member of the South London brass collective, Old Dirty Brassards, Barnaby not only plays trombone but is also one of several music arrangers. The band tours throughout the year performing many sell out shows and at major music festivals such as British Summer Time in Hyde Park and Glastonbury.

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Price - £5


Date And Time

27-02-21 10:00 AM to
27-02-21 12:30 PM


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