WELLSO (Winter Chamber / Orchestra Weekend)

Following on from the success of our two Summer Orchestral and Chamber programmes in January, and last year’s Winter Wellso Weekend, Rata Studios School of Music will be hosting another weekend of chamber and orchestral music from 19th-21st July 2019.

 “A wonderful 5 days of music, new friends and laughter.” Cathy, Cellist, WELLSO Summer school 2017

Based on the principles of WELLSO (Wellington Late Starters Orchestra) players of all levels are welcome to the programme. The Chamber groups will be organised according to experience and level of playing but the Orchestra will be for all the players and parts will be arranged accordingly so we can all enjoy playing together. The focus will be more on Chamber Music but there will be at least one session a day where we can all enjoy playing together.

“Well prepared, well organised, social, supportive and fun.  Don’t just think about it – GO!” Lynne, Violinist, WELLSO Summer school 2017

Coaching from top NZ professional players:

  • Doug Beilman (NZ String Quartet for 20 years)
  • Brenton Veitch (Principal Cello Orchestra Wellington)
  • Belinda Veitch (Viola, NZSO)
  • Mark Cookson (Principal Clarinet, Orchestra Wellington)
  • Bruce Roberts (Former Principal Trumpet, Auckland Philharmonic, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra)

“The lunches were amazing – professionally catered and bulging with veges. I was happily surprised” Claire, Violinist, WELLSO summer school 2017

Course Outline:

Skill builders sessions:

A range of workshops on playing skills including;

  • Improving the quality of your tone while playing
  • Looking after your body as a player
  • Ideas of how to practice
  • Coping with performance anxiety

The programme will be hosted by Rata Studios at Scots College in Wellington where there are excellent facilities and practice rooms. The cost will include all group tuition and sheet music, Dinner on Friday evening and lunches and teas and coffees during the weekend. Individual lessons will be available with the tutors during the weekend and a rota will be arranged nearer the time for those interested. The weekend will start with a sit down dinner all together on the Friday early evening followed by our first playing session and will finish  on Sunday afternoon.

If you are flying from outside of Wellington and are concerned about daily travel, we were able to arrange local players on the programme to give lifts every day in the summer and this worked very well.

“From participating in the WELLSO Summer program my playing went to the next level...I had a one-on-one with one of the most respected Trombone players in NZ”. Pete from Hamilton WELLSO Summer School 2017

  • Start: Friday 19 July 2019
    Finish: Sunday 21 July 2019
    6.00-9.00pm Friday Dinner from 6.30pm. 9.00am- 5.00pm Sat and 9.00-3.00pm Sun
  • Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music RoomsLocation
  • Mark BobbTeacher
  • AdultsTarget Market
  • Please email mark@ratastudios.co.nz with any dietary requirements you may have to assist us with our menu planning:Requirements
  • $280. Fee includes course tuition and dinner on Friday night, morning tea and lunch on Saturday and SundayPrice/Student (incl GST)
  • New EnrolmentEnrolment

About Mark Bobb

A Professional opera singer, jazz singer and violinist, Mark Bobb is also an accomplished teacher of voice, violin and theory. He has been conducting The Wellington Late Starters Orchestra for 3 years as well as conducting in the WELLSO Summer and Winter programmes at Rata Studios.

He is currently living in Wellington, New Zealand, singing with the NBR New Zealand Opera Company. He coaches three choirs and is teaching at Scots College, St Patrick’s, Kilbirnie, St. Mary’s College, Hutt Valley High School, Encore School of Music. Mark also teaches privately.

Mark Bobb

Mark Bobb

Since moving to New Zealand in late 2010, Mark has been singing in the NBR New Zealand Opera Chorus in Wellington. He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London obtaining a performance diploma, AGSM (Merit) and teaching diploma. Prior to that he obtained a degree in Performance Arts at Middlesex University, UK. He has sung with Opera North in the UK as well as numerous smaller companies and has toured extensively in the UK, Europe and the far east.

Mark teaches classical singing, jazz, musical theatre and performance techniques and has a lot of experience teaching voice for theatre to teenagers and young adults.

Playing music with others is an important part of music education and enjoyment and Mark is always keen to encourage chamber music. He teaches quartets and small string orchestras.

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Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Wellington 6022
Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243