Every week we give away one free ballet track to download for 24 hours only. In addition to this I am going to be producing blog articles and downloads for ballet teachers and pianists.
These will include advice for pianists on phrasing, pedaling, melodies for certain exercises etc along with sheet music, some of which will be transcribed from CD releases and will be available to download for free. There will also be advice on students musicality, developing students understanding of music through the use of time signature, unnatural phrasing and physicalising musicality.
The latest collection to Modern Ballet Studio Melodies, "VOLUME 6" is currently being recorded. We are aiming to have this release online to instantly download via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and all the other usual online stores within the next few weeks. This latest CD will feature many well known melodies from Musical Theatre, Film and Pop.
In September 2014, Christopher will join the staff at Elmhurst School for Dance in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet as head of musicians and musical support.
This job will give Chris the opportunity to continue to musically train dancers, engage with pianists to help them understand the importance of correct musical support during ballet class / rehearsals and to initiate a training scheme for musicains. This scheme will teach musicians how to accompany classes and rehearsals.
Review of Modern Ballet Studio Melodies Volume 5 & Original Ballet Compositions by Emily Kate Long on 4dancers.org
Today I’m excited to share two new class CDs from UK pianist Christopher Hobson:Modern Ballet Studio Melodies, Volume 5 and Modern Ballet Studio Melodies Original Compositions. Each features 32 non-repeating tracks of crisply recorded solo piano music.
Christopher works with The Lowry and the Centre for Advanced Training in dance (CAT) programme.
The students end of year performance 2014 will feature original choreographed works by guest artists as well as new works choreographed by students and CAT directors. A selection of these pieces will feature original music composed Christopher Hobson and Julie Bruce.
Performances take place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July 2014. Visit The Lowry website for ticket details.
For the first time ever, I am proud to announce that a CD of completely original compositions is now available to download to compliment your full ballet class. All tracks on this CD have been carefully composed (and consulted with many ballet teachers!) to provide exactly the right support for each individual exercise.
After 12 months, Christopher Hobson is back with his latest release, Modern Ballet Studio Melodies, Volume 5. This release continues to provide all the beautiful melodies from your favourite genres, beautifully played and expertly arranged. Yet another release that is guarenteed to bring a smile to the faces of teachers and students alike!
The Space Inside - originally choreographed and produced over 2013 returns for 2 nights only with support from The Lowry theatre. Some of the choreography and music has been reworked and recomposed - however the essence of the original performance still remains the same. Check out The Lowry website to book your tickets and be sure not to miss this final chance to be a part of this of this unique performance.
Modern Ballet Studio Melodies, Volume 4 by the talented Christopher Hobson is a standout for its variety in style and its inspiring energy. The album contains thirty-six tracks of music with no repeats for the seventeen barre pieces. Hobson plays something for everyone, from Debussy and Prokofiev to the themes from “South Park,” ETand Indiana Jones.
A Review of Modern Ballet Studio Melodies, Sounds of Christmas by Catherine L. Tully on 4dancers.org
What a delight! Christopher Hobson has really come up with lovely arrangements that work for ballet class here on “Sounds of Christmas“. I doubt it was an easy task to make these songs fit for barre and center, but the way he has done it–they sound totally natural.