Acclaimed pianist Andreas Boyde delivers a one-hour workshop, in a well tested format ideal for 12-16 year olds.

Robert Schumann's Carnaval, mainly written in 1834, is regarded a towering master piece and remains a virtuosic challenge for pianists, even of the highest calibre. Originally conceived as a story, the composer kept the narrative aspect an integral part of the music. There are sound effects and composed visual images: Pierrot slips, Harlequin leaps about, friends and lovers of the creator are lined up in one of the most autobiographical journeys in music history. It does not come as a surprise that Diaghilev's Ballets Russes turned the Carnaval into a ballet in 1910 and the musical story inspired film makers to create movies like Karneval (1936), Possessed (1947), Spring Symphony (1983), Madame Sousatzka (1988) or The White Countess (2005).The cycle offers a perfect opportunity to introduce classical music to a young audience bringing the biographical background and visual images to life. Highlighting the visual aspects will be a helpful guide to enjoy an extraordinary work of our musical heritage.



Sound on Screen Festival provides opportunities for young people to learn about and to engage practically with the relationships between music and moving image.

In May 2011, Sound on Screen brought its ‘Carnaval’  Workshop to 400 students at Tiffin School, Kingston and Kingston Grammar School.
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Sound on Screen also offers a ‘How to Write Music for Film Workshop’. Details below.


This workshop explores ways in which music is created as an integral element in films and on television, introducing some of the basic tools for composing screen music and looking at how to influence mood and enhance emotion in moving images. The workshop is intended to lead to a practical session where students experiment with some of the new composition tools and ideas that they have been introduced to.