The Netherlands

Music & Feldenkrais Festival

ROSMALEN, NETHERLANDS, MAY 31 - JUNE 2

The Lady Chapel on the Coudewater Estate near Hertogenbosch, is an extraordinary spiritual and artistic center in central Netherlands. Marie-Astrid Vermaas, a long-standing student of Alan Fraser's Piano Somatics, has created a festival that brings the Feldenkrais Method and musical performance together in a vibrant, emotionally rich artistic atmosphere. The festival will include live performances, master classes, group Feldenkrais lessons and workshops on Pianimals, the first piano method based on the Feldenkrais Method.

Rosmalen
   
Our Lady Chapel, Rosmalen

This festival welcomes ALL INTERESTED PIANISTS:

  • students who wish to improve their sound and agility
  • amateurs who wish to feel more in command of the instrument
  • teachers who want new ways of teaching technique to their students
  • professionals who wish to hone their skills to the highest possible level.

There is no limit to improvement!

OPEN TO OTHERS AS WELL

Instrumentalists and vocalists are also invited to attend the festival: Fraser's application of Feldenkrais ideas to musical performance works equally well no matter what your instrument.

Rosmalen
   
Our Lady Chapel, Rosmalen

SCHEDULE




FESTIVAL EVENTS


FRIDAY EVENING
19:30 A FELDENKRAIS CONCERT
This evening will feature music of various epochs performed by Trio IMAI (Ien Bouwmans, soprano; Marie-Astrid Vermaas, piano; Inge Ijpelaar, flute), with a special treat at intermission: a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lesson taught to the entire audience by Alan Fraser. The lesson will be specifically designed to enhance listening, and the audience is invited to sense the differences in their experience of the music before and after the interval.
SATURDAY
9:30 Coffee & Registration
10:00 Group ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
11:00 Masterclass
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Pianimals workshop for children of all ages
15:00 Tea & Coffee
15:30 Book presentation: Skeletal wisdom / De wijsheid van het skelet
16:30 Masterclass
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Argentinian Tango Workshop with Roshan Warjavand
21:00 Party time!
SUNDAY
11:00 Group ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
12:00 Masterclass
13:30 Lunch
15:00 Group ATM (Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket for this class.)
16:00 Coffee & Tea
16:30 Closing recital with all active participants
17:30 Book Signing
18:30 Farewell

Rosmalen
   
The Entrance

TRAVEL




GETTING THERE


Click here for travelling directions to The Lady Chapel, Rosmalen

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ACCOMMODATION




LODGING

There are several accommodation options in the Hertogenbosch area.

• To book a hotel we recommend Booking.com.
www.airbnb.com also offers several listings. Book early to get the best choice and the best price.


MEALS

There is a cafeteria in the Marienkapel where we will take our meals ensemble.


REGISTER




FEES & REGISTRATION

Festival registration may be made by contacting Marie-Astrid Vermaas .

PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL LESSONS

Alan Fraser will be in Hertogenbosch for one day prior to the festival and one day following. He will be available for private individual lessons for those who did not get the lucky chance of a lesson during the festival. To book your individual lesson, please use the payment table below.

TO REGISTER

Purchase as many lessons as you would like here, with the help of our retail partner, Stripe.com. If you qualify for a student discount, you will receive a partial refund on this payment.

Hertogenbosch Private Lessons 1 2 3 4 5
Purchase the number of lessons you want here $125 $250 $375 $500 $625

After payment, please email us indicating what date and time you would like your lesson(s).


BEFORE & AFTER THE FESTIVAL




INFORMATION SHEET & FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE

After registration, please come back to fill out this PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM.

After you have completed the festival, please come back to fill out this FOLLOWUP QUESTIONNAIRE. This helps evaluate your experience, tailor your ongoing regime to facilitate further progress, and fine-tune the institute structure to better meet your needs.


CONTACT




ABOUT US - CONTACT

ALAN FRASER

Canadian pianist Alan Fraser gives master classes and recitals worldwide and conducts ongoing research and refinement on the ideas put forth in his three books, The Craft of Piano Playing (also in DVD), Honing the Pianistic Self-Image, and All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique. He is at work on several new volumes. Visit here for more on Alan Fraser.

If you have concerns or questions about your participation in the institute and would like to address them directly to Alan Fraser, send him an email.


MARIE-ASTRID VERMAAS

Rosmalen
   

Pianist and pedagogue Marie-Astrid Vermaas is a long-standing resident of Hertogenbosch. She teaches at her studio, The Piano Touch, is actively involved in the Academy for Music for talented pupils, and gives recitals regularly. She first attended an Alan Fraser Piano Institute in 2018.

Marie-Astrid's contact information: Email Marie-Astrid


Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, reimbursement will be as follows:
Cancellations more than two months before residency opening date: 100% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than one month before residency opening date: 75% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than two weeks before residency opening date: 50% reimbursement.
Cancellations more than one week before residency opening date: 25% reimbursement.
Cancellations less than one week before residency opening date: no reimbursement except in cases of doctor-certified illness or acts of God.
We reserve the right to cancel the residency; in this event, all registration fees are fully refundable.