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Dinah Beamish (Cello, Cello Electric) Profile

Orchestral bookings (since June 2012)

  • Orchestras: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia.
  • Orchestras (Opera/Ballet): English National Ballet, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Royal Opera House Orchestra.
  • Chamber Orchestras: Milton Keynes City Orchestra.
  • Sessions: London Telefilmonic Orchestra.

Dinah's orchestral work also includes

English National Ballet, D'oyly Carte Opera Orchestra, Moscow City Ballet Tours, National Symphony Orchestra, New London Orchestra, Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Orchestra of St John's Smith Square, Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, and has depped on Saigon, Phantom and Oklahoma. In 1995, Dinah was the MD for Major Road Theatre Company, which involved directing and playing with the musicians on stage.

For more information about Dinah's work please see www.dinahbeamish.com

Dinah is a director of Brilliant Strings, formerly known as Electra Strings, who have recorded for Nick Drake, South, Bernard Butler, the Veils and Natalie Imbruglia. They have also toured and performed with Mark Knopfler, the Cranberries, Massive Attack, Burt Bacharach and with Elvis Costello, to name but a few.

Brilliant Strings regularly record and perform with Jools Holland, including his albums and New Years Eve TV show. They have also appeared on 'Later with Jools Holland' with various bands - please visit Brilliant Strings for more information.

Dinah has played solo cello on albums by the Manic Street Preachers, Eddi Reader and Jimmy Somerville and in the string quartet on the albums of Jools Holland, Mark Knopfler, The Cranberries and Freakpower and with other musicians.

In November 1998, Dinah played three of Bach's solo cello suites alternating with free improvisation for the contemporary dance company, 'The Curve Foundation', receiving generous reviews from 'The Herald', 'Scotsman' and 'The Stage'. Dinah has played on Radio 4 for Woman's Hour, Women in Poetry, The Afternoon Play and Loose Ends for Ned Sherrin. Dinah enjoys writing string arrangements and has written for Mick Hucknall, The Stranglers, Hermione Ross and The Veils.

In addition to freelancing and string arranging, Dinah has devised an educational programme that explores North Indian classical music and it's use of different instruments including tamboura box and tabla and looks at connections between music from India and European music. Dinah has been studying in India with a sitarist, transferring ragas from the Sitar to the Cello.

EDUCATION

Graduate studies

Dartington College of the Arts (BA Hons Music & LTCL (performers) and the National Centre for Orchestral Studies (1984).

Dinah was born in Beaconsfield 1960.

Teachers

Margaret Moncrieff, Michael Evans, Michael Hurwitz and Lowri Blake.

Dinah joined Morgensterns in March 1990

Dinah's web profile was last updated 24th Jun 2017

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Dinah Beamish (Cello, Cello Electric) Profile

Education/Outreach experience

Dinah has devised an educational programme that explores the North Indian classical music and it's use of different instruments including tamboura box and tabla and the looking at connections between music from India and European music. She has been studying in India with a sitarist, transferring ragas from the Sitar to the Cello. Please see below....

RAGA UNRAVELLED: A Workshop in North Indian Classical Music, with a basic structure designed to be flexible.

Aims and Objectives: The aim of the project is to introduce pupils to listening, performing and composing with elements of North Indian Classical music. To support these aims the notes of a raga are demonstrated on the cello. The sitar and tamboura are carefully passed round and demonstrated, and recorded music examples are also played.

Elements of Indian culture are present, such as spices, silk, pictures, and a miniature Shiva. A world map is visible, showing the location and size of India in relation to Britain. The sruti box (tamboura sound) is audible. Each pupil has access to an instrument, e.g. keyboard, xylophone or drum.

The workshop requires two sessions, one 90-minute and one 60-minute sessions, a week apart.

MAIN CONTENT: Week one:

  • What is conjured up for them, hearing the world 'India'?
  • A slow introduction of a raga is played on the cello. They are asked to make a similar atmosphere on their instruments.
  • A centipede circle (visual aid) is then presented, too help understand the second part of the rage, with a rhythmic cycle.
  • A traditional tune is learnt together, lasting the time cycle of sixteen beats. The syllables of their names are used for emphasis.
  • The pupils are asked to make up a tune or rhythm lasting the same amount of time as one cycle.
  • Their slow 'atmosphere' from earlier is added as an introduction.

Week Two:

  • Revision of week one.
  • Playing of pupils' ideas. (Which may have changed).
  • The centipede is re-introduced to introduce the final part of a raga, the tihai, a short rhythmic pattern occurring three times, to conclude the group piece with a flourish.
  • The composition after a few rehearsals is ready for performance and classroom recording.

Conclusion: Given by A. Harrod, director of Music, Oak Lodge School for pupils with complex learning difficulties and autism, after taking the workshop to the school. (September 2008)

The pupils were very interested in the sights, sounds and smells of India and genuinely tried to co-operate and join in with the musical activities. Allowing for the pupils learning difficulties, the lessons were well prepared and new ideas and concepts were presented in a steady and clear bite-size programme. For both the sessions a clear three part structure, (Introduction, Activities and Plenary) allowed the pupils to follow the pace of understanding and learning. The teacher feedback on the week one session influenced greater success in week two.

They enjoyed hearing their names as rhythmic patterns and became more interactive as the composition started to take shape. They listened with interest to all the live and recorded examples and worked enthusiastically both as individuals and in a team. The behaviour throughout the two sessions was very good due to their full engagement and willingness to participate. The workshop could be easily adapted to suit different age groups and abilities.

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Dinah Beamish (Cello, Cello Electric) Profile

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If you require musicians for a concert, recital or to enhance an event,
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