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Bach Unwrapped Workshop Masterclass

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Date: Saturday 23 March 

Time: 2pm - Event Registration and Welcome

  • 2:30-3:30pm - Cello Ensemble Workshop (grade 3-6 levels) 
  • 3:30-4pm - Afternoon Tea
  • 4-5pm - Masterclass (grade 5-8 level / advanced violinists and cellists) 
  • 5:30pm - Concert Doors Open 
  • 6pm - Concert 
  • 7pm - Event Ends

Venue: Eudlo Hall, Rosebed St Sunshine Coast, Gubbi Gubbi country


- Courtenay Cleary (UQ School of Music Lecturer, Southern Cross Soloists, The Juilliard School New York , Royal Academy of Music, London). 

- Louise King (Cello Dreaming, Long Listen Festival, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal College of Music, Lincoln Centre New York).



Bach Unwrapped Concert tickets at 6pm featuring our guest artists can be booked here:


Courtenay and Louise share a common love of Bach’s music and are chamber music partners. Both artists are internationally trained and in demand as masterclass presenters, Teaching Artists, clinicians, and recording artists, invited to perform at Australia's finest music festivals and concert series. 

Courtenay Cleary is an alumni of The Juilliard School of Music, New York and is a lecturer at UQ School of Music, and performs with Southern Cross Soloists and as a concerto soloist nationally. 

Louise King, is an alumni of Royal College of Music, London and Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and has worked with Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, Opera Australia, Australian Youth Orchestra and is a resident of Eudlo, Hinterland, Gubbi Gubbi country. 

Bach is known as the “grandfather of music”.  Known as the ‘Shakespeare’ of composers, his music has had a profound influence on the trajectory of music over the last three hundred years. His works are of such profound beauty and form that it leaves novices and experts alike stunned and moved.


WHO: Youth or Adult musicians who play violin or cello, emerging artists, established artists, private music studio teachers, string teachers, community practitioners. 

WHAT: Cello Ensemble Workshop is suitable for grade 3-6 level AMEB, Masterclass is suitable for grade 5-8 level and above, Ensemble sheet music link is emailed upon booking and receipt of payment.

REGISTER: Sign up to perform a solo Bach work in our masterclass (advanced level) and/or join in the cello ensemble workshop (intermediate level).  Please fill out this registration form to participate here:

MASTERCLASS: Violinists and Cellists!  Are you learning a movement of a Bach suite, a Sonata or a Partita, or a Baroque work (1600-1750) by Bach? Participants have the opportunity to work on stage with Courtenay and Louise and explore Baroque Style principles through a range of engaging activities. 

Unwrap Bach’s iconic music for solo violin or cello in this inspiring masterclass. Take the opportunity to perform and polish your Bach in an open masterclass and engaging learning environment. Courtenay and Louise will lead cellists and lovers of Bach’s music through a rich and artful educational experience.  Discover the art of interpreting the suites and discuss Historically Informed Performance practice. Observers and teachers are welcome to attend. 

Masterclass Topics will be:

  • A short introduction to HIP (historically informed performance) practice. 
  • Overview of the movements in a Baroque Dance Suite.
  • How can we approach it in a stylistic and informed manner on modern instruments?
  • How to get the most out of your practice of Baroque music.
  • Professional performance polishing tips.  

Participants to prepare any movement of the following Bach works (suitable for grade 5-8 AMEB and advanced cellists):

  • J.S. Bach Violin Sonatas, Partitas, or Suites
  • J.S. Bach arrangements of famous works i.e. Suzuki arrangements book 3 and above

CELLO ENSEMBLE WORKSHOP: Cellists can book in for the workshop where we will play a selection of music by Bach in 3 or 4 parts. Multi-level parts are available and music will be sent upon payment and booking. 

WORKSHOP PROGRAM: Music is arranged for 3 or 4 parts in a mixed level cello ensemble for players grade 3-6 AMEB level:

  1. J.S.Bach – Minuet In C
  2. J.S.Bach – Anna Magdelena’s Minuet
  3. J.S.Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  4. J.S.Bach – Gavotte from French Suite 


  • Violin or cello
  • bow
  • rosin 
  • cello rock stop (to protect the floor)
  • foldable music stand
  • A4 folder with your music

A place in the ensemble workshop and/or masterclass is issued by Cello Dreaming. The booked place in the workshop/masterclass is considered sold and subject to the following conditions:

  1. The booked place cannot be exchanged with another applicant, returned and refunded after purchase.
  2. The right is reserved to add, withdraw or substitute presenters, artists, vary ticket prices, and/or vary advertised programs, seating arrangements and audience capacity.
  3. The presenter, performer and Cello Dreaming reserve the right of admission to the workshop/masterclass.
  4. If the workshop/masterclass has to be cancelled due to natural disaster, adverse weather conditions or for any other cause reasonably beyond the presenter’s control, there is no right of refund or exchange, and no obligation is assumed by the presenter for the arranging of a substitute event.

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