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Modern Orchestration Masterclass - The Clarinet and Bass Clarinet / 8th June

A masterclass showing the full range of articulations for the clarinet and bass clarinet, and how to write for them with software instruments.

Course Instructor: Helen Noir

Course level

Music Hackspace

Starts on: 08/06/2022 15:00 GMT

Duration: 3 hours

This workshop is live and a recording will be made available on-demand a few days after the live date. 

Aimed at composers, arrangers and producers wanting to work with orchestral instruments and musicians, this workshop begins with an overview of the standard articulations for the clarinet and bass clarinet, along with the best practices for writing for this instrument, and how to programme clarinet VSTs for realism.

What you'll learn

  • Understand the range and standard articulations for the clarinet
  • Begin to write playable and idiomatic music for the clarinet, whether for an IRL musician or a VST
  • Create realistic clarinet lines using VSTS, with understanding of range, articulations, dynamics, expression and modulation
  • Communicate as a composer with a clarinet player (by understanding what can reasonably be asked of the instrument and what experimental techniques might be possible)
  • Know a little about clarinet auxiliary instruments (we will demonstrate some bass clarinet also)


  • A computer and internet connection
  • A web cam and mic
  • A Zoom account

Course content

  • ---- Zoom link to be added closer to the time of the workshop

Who is this course for

  • Composers, arrangers, TV and film music producers
  • DAW and music notation software users looking to learn to write for the clarinet and bass clarinet
  • Anyone looking to produce music with realistic-sounding software instruments

Useful links

About the workshop leader

Helen Noir (she/her) is a London-based soprano, composer, orchestrator & producer. She writes soundtracks for film, fashion and theatre, most recently for Joseph Wilson's Isn't it a Beautiful World, which premiered at BFI London Film Festival in October 2021. She works specifically with directors and designers to take music from initial composition through recording, orchestration, production and mixing. She also performs regularly with cult performance art group Theo Adams Company, and is an operatic session vocalist.