TONY SHORROCKS

Viola, Chamber music for strings

Tony Shorrocks is Head of Performance at Liverpool University and a lecturer in practice-based modules. His performing career as an orchestral musician and chamber music specialist and instrumental teacher spans a wide range of experience in both classical and popular fields. He has played with many of the UK’s main orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Opera North, and the BBC Big Band. Abroad he has performed in Spain, France, and Italy in the Academia Adriatica. As a viola and violin teacher Tony runs a national consultancy that enables players to eliminate the aches, pains and injuries sustained while playing and bases his teaching on a mechanical anatomical knowledge of human movements. Tony also conducts, and under his direction, the Liverpool University Symphony Orchestra gives regular concerts, both inside and outside the University. It is his aim to expand and deepen students’ performance skills through facilitating a varied programme of performance opportunities throughout their course. Tony teaches performance studies to students on both classical and popular courses, and has worked on tour with high profile popular musicians such as Johnny Dankworth, George Shearing, Johnny Mathis, Elaine Page, Howard Keele, Tony Bennett and Shirley Bassey.

As an experienced coach and mentor of musicians both in the UK and in international centres, Tony believes that the act of learning, playing and performing re-affirms the too rarely celebrated job of being alive, and that group music-making does this in the very human context of collaborative, egalitarian team-work. The innovative, structured performance courses that both undergraduate and post-graduate students are offered at Liverpool University aims to highlight the vital interface between performance, analysis, harmony and music history.

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