The next stage in the R&D was to work with Laurentia to develop her musical knowledge. Audiovisability arranged a percussion workshop with professional percussionist Tim Reyland, flautist Ruth Montgomery, and violinist Eloise Garland. In the first half of the workshop, Laurentia had a go on the piano and drums, and learnt about the basics of rhythmic notation, musical structure, and building layers of rhythmic sounds through Samba, complete with intro and outro ideas.
The second half of the workshop was an exploration of different genres and styles of music, from pop to classical. Tim demonstrated a range of styles on the drums including Bosa nova, slow tango, rock, and jazz with brushes. The team also discussed how musical genres relate to Dressage. Laurentia explained that freestyle dressage isn’t about adapting the horse to the music; in fact, the music must complement the horse’s natural rhythm. For instance, if the horse is light on its feet, the music must reflect that. Another aspect of this is that the rider must keep in mind any cultural links that will appeal to the audience – for example, one of Laurentia’s rivals at the World Equestrian Games used music from Forrest Gump which was set and filmed in South Carolina.
The workshop ended with a discussion about Sherlock’s personality and the styles of music that would complement his natural rhythm, as well as an analysis of the music composed by Tom Hunt for the World Equestrian Games.