TORONTO RAVEL Study!  Now in its 6th year.xxxffxxxxxxxxxxxx

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Our study score is “The Planets” by Gustav Holst. First performed in 1918, not only did “The Planets” establish Gustav Holst’s international reputation as an important British composer of the 20th century, but it provided the template for a whole generation of film music. From “Star Wars” to “Star Trek” and beyond, Holst’s approach to the orchestra is ubiquitous in contemporary scoring.
Score for “Mercury, The Winged Messenger” can be found on the “Study Materials” page, at the bottom.
Watch Jamie Hopkings’ “Venus en reduction” at

FERN LINDZON  Jazz pianist and vocalist Fern Lindzon moves comfortably and creatively through a highly-personal repertoire of her own arrangements of jazz standards and original compositions. Her second CD, Two Kites received a JUNO Nomination as Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Fern also received a Vocal Group of the Year award from the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her work with the klezmer/swing band Sisters of Sheynville. Fern performs at Jazz festivals and clubs across Canada and is also sought out by Silent Film series and Festivals for her striking and original silent film scores. Visit for more information on Fern’s work.

Although there have been “jazzed up” versions of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite”, Billy Strayhorn’s suite composed for the Ellington orchestra is not that. Strayhorn re-imagined, re-composed and re-constructed this iconic music. He kept the dance movements, changed grooves and feels and moved themes around- sometimes using them as backgrounds for improvisation, sometimes as counter-melodies, sometimes abstractly and sometimes in your face. With imaginative titles such as “Sugar Rum Cherry”, “Chinoiserie” and “Arabesque Cookie”  Strayhorn spend 6 months joyfully working on this fantastic musical work.


NEW ADVENTURES IN LISTENING – Film clips from “On The Waterfront” and “Ryan” are posted on the “Study Materials” page for download. With the sound removed, they can be scored as an exercise, and brough in to “Adventures in Listening” for feedback and analysis. Adventures in Listening is a unique opportunity to get unbiased and honest feedback on your ‘in-progress’ or experimental work from a community of your professional peers. Because it is anonymous, it is a risk-free environment.  Whether you are an emerging composer or an experienced one, and whether your work is for concert or screen, I encourage you to take advantage of this invaluable resource.

Many of you are actively performing musicians or are composers with TV shows or films containing your original scores. If you would like me to mention upcoming concerts or showtimes, please see me during the first hour, and I will make the announcement during “Adventures in Listening”. This way we can get the word out while preserving the relaxed and casual atmosphere that we have created at Toronto Ravel.
We need your helpWe know that Toronto Ravel is viable, but we need to ensure that it is sustainable. There are 2 ways you can help;  First, by spreading the word to your friends, Facebook friends, colleagues, etc., and by passing around the links to our videos – the links are below. Also – you can volunteer a bit of your time and be part of the Ravel team.  We need people who can assist with publicity and promotion to work with Janal Bechtholt in spreading the word.  Please email if you can lend a hand. 
          Promo Video PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK!
          Producer Larry Weinstein talks about Ravel
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