In C is a musical piece composed by Terry Riley in 1964 for an indefinite number of
performers. He suggests "a group of about 35 is desired if possible but smaller
or larger groups will work". A series of 53 short melodic fragments, In C is
often cited as the first minimalist composition. Each phrase lasts from half a
beat to 32 beats; and may be repeated an arbitrary number of times. Each
musician has control over which phrase they play: players are encouraged to
play the phrases starting at different times, even if they are playing the same
Requirements – you should be able to read music and play to at least Grade 5 standard.
Workshop Leader: Julia Harding
Julia studied Music at Dartington College of Arts followed by MAs at the
Universities of Reading and Sheffield. A clarinet and saxophone specialist, Julia also plays the recorder, oboe, flute
and viola. After qualifying as a teacher, Julia worked in primary education as
a classroom teacher. Currently, she is a manager for Entrust Music Service Staffordshire, teaches in several schools in North Staffordshire and has her own teaching
practice at home in Macclesfield. Julia is an active member of KEMS
Macclesfield Contemporary Ensemble and the Macclesfield Branch of the Society of Recorder Players.
Julia is the musical director and conductor of Newcastle-Under-Lyme String
Orchestra and KEMS Macclesfield Concert Band. She has appeared with the
Beckford String Quartet, KEMS Concert Band and Newcastle Strings as a soloist. She has an interest in twentieth century music and has explored many pieces
from the contemporary flute and clarinet duet repertoire with her duet partner,
Her most recent projects have been compositions for KEMS Contemporary in
collaboration with sculptor and environmental artist. Lorna Green – her pieces have been performed at Manchester Art Gallery, Chester Cathedral and
Buxton Fringe Festival and their latest collaboration, Quarry, was showcased at
Bollington Festival 2019.
In her spare time, Julia enjoys walking, lepidoptery and learning Latin!
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