Tabla Works welcomes you to Stephens House and Gardens for our first Performance Day of the year. 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
- Provide a platfrom to gain valuable performance experience
- Enjoy a morning of Indian classical music
- Meet other like-minded students
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. He has always supported the idea of playing compositons in a live setting as it helps students to bridge the gap between classes and concerts. 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 other students with whom you share a common interest and listen and learn from each other.
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.
Performing Students at Previous Events
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.
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 12th March 2017 to Sulekh (subject line: Performance Day 2017) to email@example.com. We will then get in touch with you to finalise your request. We reccommend that you apply to play only if you have had a minimum of 2 years experience in Indian music and you are over the age of 16 years old.
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 (available without a booking fee) which can be purchased at a discounted price of only £8.00 (£9.00 online booking). Non-playing students, friends and relatives are also welcome to attend at a discount price of £6.00 (£7.00 online booking).
Please note that early bird ticket sales will close on Sunday 5th March at 5pm. All those wishing to attend will still of course be able to purchase tickets from eventbrite after that date (for £9.00/£7.00 respectively but booking fees will apply).
Please note that the eventbrite deadline for all performers to purchse a ticket is Sunday 19th March at 5pm. No performer can register to play a piece after that date but can of course attend as a non-playing student.
Finally, online ticket sales for non-performers end on Saturday 1st April 2017 at 5pm. You may still purchase a ticket on the door for £10.00.
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 and coffee 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.
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Tabla Works Limited
Tabla Works Limited is a growing e-commerce venture which began in April 2015 and specialises in the promotion of Indian classical music by providing professionally recorded downloadable music lessons, high quality instruments for purchase and sponsoring events that help to promote the awareness of Indian music. Director Sulekh Ruparell is an expert Harmonium accompanist, singer and Tabla player with over 20 years playing experience.
Tabla : A Beginner's Course was released by Sulekh in April 2015. In 10 simple, easy-to-follow lessons, he has created the first ever downlaodable Tabla course which makes it possible for anyone, anywhere in the world to learn authentic Tabla. The first lesson is absolutely free here along with several free instrctional videos here to get you started. You can also view all the latest videos on the dedicated Youtube channel and keep up with all the latest information on the Tabla Works blog. It is a truly revolutionary way in which Indian music can be learnt.
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