Tabla Works welcomes you to Stephens House and Gardens for our first Performance Day of the year held for the benefit of students of Indian music. This event represents a fantastic opportunity for those who learn vocal, harmonium and tabla to play live pieces in front of an audience of fellow students. Performance days have been running for over 5 years and in that time over 50 Tabla solo pieces and 100 vocal compositions of all types of genre have been played by absolute beginners through to advanced players.
The atmosphere is informal, comfortable, relaxed and friendly and many students have benefitted immensely through regular attendance.
This event is organised by Sulekh Ruparell, professional Indian musician and creator of Tabla Works. It's aim is to provide a platform for students to gain valuable live performance experience that is hard to develop in lessons alone. Sulekh believes that having the opportunity to perform regularly gives students of all ages and ability a very real sense of achievement.
Not only can it be rewarding, but students have also found that regular performances give lessons more purpose and help them to focus on continuosly developing their music.
Performance days are also a time when you can meet like-minded students and listen and learn from each other.
The format of the Performance Day is as follows:
Part 1 10.00am-10.30am Alaap by Sulekh Sulekh will begin with an 'Alaap' which is a non-rhythmic vocal introduction in a Raag (scale in Indian music). It's a chance for everyone to join in and acts as a warm up.
Part 2 10.30am-10.45am Tabla with Sulekh Sulekh explains a rhythm in Tabla for the students to speak and play to.
Part 3 10.45am-12.15pm Student performances Students perform a variety of vocal, harmonium and tabla compositions of their choice.
Part 4 12.00p-12.30pm Sulekh performs Sulekh plays some well-known and inspring compositions in a variety of genre such as bhajan, ghazal and bollywood film songs which students can aspire to playing in the future.
Over the previous 5 years, students have played a number of wonderful pieces. Watch the compilation video for an idea of just how fantastic some of the performances have been.
Students perfoming at previous Performance Days
What's special about the Performance Day?
Sulekh's belief is that playing live is integral to the ongoing musical development of a student. The fact that there are not enough outlets for students of Indian music to perform makes these events quite unique. But playing live is, of course, not only about the performer, but about the experience enjoyed by the listener too. So even if the student doesn't want to play a piece, simply listening to others can be both motivating and fun and these are key aspects of learning an instrument. Furthermore, the creation of a musical environment where students can learn from each other and enjoy playing and discussing music with people who share a common interest cannot be replicated in individual classes.
Who can attend?
The Performance Day is open to all students and enthusiasts of Indian music, regardless of age and ability. If you have never had a lesson with Sulekh, but wish to play a piece, then you will be most welcome to do so but you will need to send your name, email and a contact number by Sunday 13th March 2016 to Sulekh (subject line: Performance Day 2016) to email@example.com. We will then get in touch with you to finalise your request.
Stephens House and Gardens is a grade 2 listed Victorian building. The Study Room, where the Performance Days are held, is fully carpeted and overlooks the extensive gardens that surround the property. Beautiful, quiet and easily accessible by road and public transport and with plenty of free parking on site, Stephens House and Gardens is the perfect setting to listen to a Sunday morning of Indian classical music. More details of the venue can be found here.
Tickets and Refund Policy
All performing students are encouraged to purchase early bird tickets which are available at a discounted price of only £8.00 (£10.00 on the door). Non-playing students, friends and relatives are also welcome to attend at a discount price of £6.00 (£8.00 on the door).
Please note that early bird ticket sales will close on Saturday 19th March at 5pm. All those wishing to attend will still of course be able to purchse tickets at the door.
Refunds are available by contacting Sulekh at firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds will only be available up to 14 days prior to the event.
Parking and Refreshments
Parking is free at the venue. Light refreshments including tea, coffee and soft drinks will be provided. Attendees are not allowed to bring their own food or drinks inside the venue.
Should you require any more information about this event, please feel free to contact Sulekh at email@example.com or call directly on 07748655362.
I very much look forward to seeing you there