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Clarinet Courses

 

Clarinet Courses

for

 Amateur Adult Clarinet Players, Clarinet Teachers and Clarinet Students

with

Nicholas Foster GRNCM

Link to clarinet course availability page

“Thank you once again for a fantastic musical break.  I really enjoyed it and really appreciated your excellent tuition and fantastic hospitality.” DW .  June 2016

We offer residential Clarinet Courses for Adults or Students
Please check by each course for playing level and contact us with any queries.
Age groups are never merged.
All courses are kept small in numbers for maximum attention.
We have over 35 years of professional playing and teaching experience.

Our clarinet courses contain a balance of the following :-
Tone and Technique
Small group workshops and classes
Embouchure, posture, reeds and mouthpieces
Ensemble parts written to suit your level of experience.
Scales and exercises for finger dexterity
Solo repertoire, duets, trios and orchestral repertoire for more advanced players.
Pianist available
Rhythm and reading work for beginners.
Bass Clarinets welcome.
1:1 individual coaching sessions are available when time allows or if it is a bespoke 1:1 course.

Unique venues, many with en suite accommodation and a choice of single,twin and double rooms;  all comfortably furnished and with good facilities.


Delicious home cooking with all catering done by ourselves and special diets catered for where possible. Meal times are a highlight of each course.


Partners (non playing or playing) welcome on all courses. Relax, read or explore the area and then join us for meals and be our ‘audience’ in open playing sessions.


Residential or non-residential places on all courses subject to availability.

Link to clarinet course availability page

“Thank you very much for running the Andorra course. I am in complete amazement that you both run such an intensive course, look after us and feed us like you do. It’s incredible! It was great food and great company ….and great playing too, of course! I havent played that much for a long time ……. and I’m going back to work for a rest now”  SH : Andorra course September 2015

Booking Fom Adults

Hi Nick & Julie. Very many thanks for such a great course and bril 4 days. J.F. June 2016


Clarinet Courses 2017

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I can’t imagine how you do it – when I was teaching I always had to sleep for the first week of the holidays even though I was only performing a few hours a day ….how you keep up the intensity of the teaching and do all the catering (and the rest) is mind-boggling.  J.H. June 2016




Komiza, Island of Vis, Croatia

October 7th – 14th

stay 5 – 7 nights

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Fly to Split in Croatia and take the hydrofoil / ferry to the island of Vis.

Outward

The hydrofoil goes at 15.00 each day  and takes 1 hour 25 minutes and there are two ferries – one at 11.00 and the other at 18.30 each day  taking 2 hours. Times are subject to change.  Cost is 6 euros each way.

We suggest staying in Split if your flight arrives at a tricky time. Accommodation is good value and It is a  fascinating city with lots of atmosphere and has many worthwhile sites to visit as well as great eateries and waterholes.

Airport Bus

There is a bus from the airport to Split Town and Port.  It s timings match flight arrivals and departures and is seasonal This costs about £4 and takes 40 minutes. This is also the port area for departures to Vis Island.

It is also possible to take a Taxi for 35 euros for 1 – 4 people.

Transit from Vis port to Komiza

The town of Komiza is 10km from Vis and can be reached easily by bus.

The bus stop is on the ferry pier and takes 15 minutes from Vis to Komiza

Single tickets can be bought on the bus and the times link in with the ferry/hydrofoil arrival/departure

We can also book a shared taxi  for you.

CroatiaOctober2017
ROOM TYPE :5 nights6/7 nights (7th 'free')
Single650780
Single ensuite 750880
Twin share (if share available) per person.575690
Twin share (if share available ) ensuite 625740
Double share with non playing partner (per room) not ensuite9001080
Double share with non playing partner (per room) ensuite 10001180
Double share with playing partner (per room) ensuite 12501380
Apartment with bedroom/shower room/kitchenette/living area double share with non playing partner10701250
"Cheap and cheerful bed" in an upstairs (not main) sitting room with shared bathroom Please ask if availablePlease ask if available

October 7th October 8th October 9th October 10thOctober 11thOctober 12th October 13th October 14th
arrive after 17.00Breakfast 8.45Breakfast 8.45Breakfast 8.45Breakfast 8.45Breakfast 8.45Breakfast 8.45Breakfast 8.45
18.00 welcome drinks 9.30 Session9.30 Session9.30 Session9.30 Session9.30 Session9.30 SessionDepart 9.30
18.30 Playing Session12.30 Lunch out and afternoon at leisure12.30 Lunch out and afternoon at leisure12.30 Lunch out and afternoon at leisure12.30 Lunch out and afternoon at leisure12.30 Lunch out and afternoon at leisure12.30 Lunch out and afternoon at leisure
19.30 Dinner 17.00 Session17.00 Session17.00 Session17.00 Session17.00 Session17.00 Session
18.30 Soiree18.30 Soiree18.30 Soiree18.30 Soiree18.30 Soiree18.30 Soiree
19.30 Dinner 19.30 Dinner 19.30 Dinner 19.30 Dinner 19.30 Dinner 19.30 Dinner


Split and its historical sites


We are staying in a renovated, large and comfortable stone house with a combination of local traditional style and modern house equipment. A minute away from the sea and beach, and on the other side to the town centre with some good restaurants, cafés and shops. Calm place, very suitable for everyone.  The house consists of: the ground floor where is the main living space with joint dinning space and kitchen; two sleeping rooms are on the first floor; second floor and the attic are designed as two apartments, each with its own living space, shower room, two-bed bedroom, sofa bed  in living room and a smaller kitchen (first floor and ground floor also have a shower/bathroom). Garden in front of the house, with light terrace furniture is for our use.


We are staying in a renovated, large and comfortable stone house with a combination of local traditional style and modern house equipment. A minute away from the sea and beach, and on the other side to the town centre with some good restaurants, cafés and shops. Calm place, very suitable for everyone.  The house consists of: the ground floor where is the main living space with joint dinning space and kitchen; two sleeping rooms are on the first floor; second floor and the attic are designed as two apartments, each with its own living space, shower room, two-bed bedroom, sofa bed  in living room and a smaller kitchen (first floor and ground floor also have a shower/bathroom). Garden in front of the house, with light terrace furniture is for our use.

Booking Form Adults


The Tudor Wing at Hoath House,

Chiddingstone Hoath, Edenbridge, Kent, UK

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Course 1 November 3rd – 6th 

Bespoke Course and Workshop sessions – All levels.

Course 2 : November 6th – 9th/10th

  3/4 nights Bespoke Course and Workshop sessions – All levels.

Stay in this amazingly quirky listed venue with wood panels, original beams and crooked walls!

All luxury bedrooms with central heating,

Nearest airport is London Gatwick with easy train links. Otherwise we suggest meeting at 17:30 in Edenbridge for a shared taxi.

Hoath House is a large Grade II listed manor house set in its own grounds near Edenbridge and Royal Tonbridge Wells, Kent and we are using the cosy Tudor Wing.

Choice of 7 bedrooms with twin or double beds. 4 bathrooms and 1 additional toilet. Living room, warm and cosy sitting room, 16 seater dining room, kitchen and endless nooks and crannies! 6 acres of private grounds, a wild wood, tennis court and off-road parking. Free wi-fi


Bespoke sessions with Nick and Julie

including 1 : 1 help, accompaniment and duets

Start time 18.00 on November 3rd  End time  11am on November 6th

Start time 17.00 on November 6th  End time  after breakfast

We suggest a meeting time of 16.30 for anyone wishing to share a taxi from Edenbridge station

Intensive individual work sessions with time to consolidate and practise. The chance for mixed small ensembles where the level of playing is balanced sufficiently.


Travel by car and park on site: Very easily located from Central/Southern England just off the M25.

Travel time (hours): Oxford 1.45; Northampton 2.00; Bristol 2.30; Birmingham 2.45; Cardiff 3.00; Exeter 3.45; Cambridge 1.40.

Travel by train: to Edenbridge/Cowden and take a taxi – we suggest a 16.30 meeting time at the station if wishing to share a pre booked taxi with other attendees.

Regular trains via East Croydon from London Bridge or Victoria

Close to London Gatwick airport for trains as above via East Croydon.

London Heathrow airport take Tube to London Bridge then via East Croydon to Edenbridge

Booking Form Adults

Hoath House, Edenbridge, KentHoath House 1 and 2 
ROOM TYPE3 nights. £4 nights. £
Single555655
Twin share (if available) per person495595
Double share with non playing partner (per room)605705
Double ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)805905
Double share with playing partner (per room)POAPOA
Day rate (non residential)180180
Course rate (non residential)420450

Booking Form Adults


2018

Retreat to The Cotswolds

Greyhound Barn,  Barnsley, Gloucestershire

Main Barn Join us at this spacious Grade ll listed venue in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire. It is an 8 bedroomed converted hophouse with all rooms en suite. Large rehearsal space and second kitchenette for break times. Ample heating and hot water.

Cottage accommodation We also have the use of a luxuriously appointed Cotswold Cottage just a few minutes stroll away from the main house which has 2 further bedrooms with a shared bathroom.

Village Pub accommodation – Join us as a non-resident for playing sessions and meals, but book yourself into a luxury ensuite room at the local pub. 2 minutes stroll away

 

4.5 miles from Cirencester and close to picturesque Cotswold village of Bibury. Good road connections from A40 etc.

Barnsley Village is set in the heart of the Cotswolds, three miles from the historic town of Cirencester, on the old Roman route from Cirencester to Oxford. Barnsley’s ancient history dates back to an Iron Age settlement in Barnsley Park. In A.D. 360, a Roman villa was built at the settlement, but by 577, after the capture of Cirencester, a Saxon village called Bearmodeslea (Bearmod’s glade) was established at the site.

The Domesday Book recorded the village’s population at 24. After becoming known as Barndesley in 1197, the village became royal property under the reign of Henry VIII three hundred years later. Henry was known to let each of his wives solely enjoy the village by turns. During the time of the village’s status as royal property, many of its inhabitants earned their living through agriculture and sheep, helping make the Cotswolds the centre of the wool trade.

The Bouchier family became the owners of the village in 1548 and held it for the next two hundred years. One of the village’s most famous features is Barnsley House, built in 1667 by Brereton Bourchier. The renowned residence has since been converted into The Barnsley House Hotel, with its famous gardens still a major tourist attraction. The Barnsley Village Garden Festival was inaugurated in 1998 and celebrated its 20th anniversary on 17 May 2008.

Cirencester The attractive market town of Cirencester is the largest town in the Cotswold District. It is the home of the Royal Agricultural College, the oldest agricultural college in the English-speaking world, founded in 1840. Cirencester was known to be an important early Roman area, when it was called Corinium, and the town’s Corinium Museum is well known for its extensive Roman collection. Cirencester contains a wide range of shops, leisure facilities and tourist attractions, including the Church of St. John the Baptist, renowned for its Perpendicular porch, fan vaults and merchants’ tombs, and Cirencester House, the seat of Earl Bathurst and the site of one of the finest landscape gardens in England, laid out by the first Earl Bathurst after 1714.

The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the ‘Heart of England’. The name Cotswold means ‘sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides”. The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone ‘wool churches’. The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops. Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe.

 

February 9th – 12th, 2018.  3 nights

Cotswolds 1 – Clarinet Bespoke. Booking Form Adults

An intensive course with Nick, which is completely tailored to your specific needs.

February 12th – 15th, 2018.  3 nights

Cotswolds 2   Booking Form Adults

Just Clarinets with Nicholas Foster GRNCM

Coached ensembles, workshop sessions and 1 : 1 help where required for all levels of Adult clarinet player.

Course starts at 17.00 on 13th and ends at 11.00 — on 16th

Flute course with Julie Wright on same dates at same venue makes it possible to play in mixed ensembles, too.

February 21st – 22nd, 2018.  24 hours

Cotswolds 5   Booking Form Adults

A 24 hour crash course for players with not enough days in each week !

or for those in need of a quick fix on all areas of technique and performance skills or a particular piece of repertoire.

Suits any ability level as the sessions are 1 : 1 based and any ensembles are based on ability with parts written to suit.

Start time 17.00 on 22nd. End time 17.00 on 23rd February with all meals and tuition included.

February 22nd, 2018.  1 day.  9.30 – 5pm

Cotswolds 6   Booking Form Adults

A 1 day ‘taster’ for those wishing to try the experience for the first time and those players needing a quick fix or top up. 1:1 help and ensembles for all levels of players. Lunch included.

9.30 – 12.30 session : Lunch : 2.00 – 17.00 session

Booking Form Adults

Barnsley Village, Cotswolds. February 2018Cotswolds 2Cotswolds 5Cotswolds 6
No. of nights310
Room TypeStandard. £Standard. £Standard. £
Single ensuite459165N/A
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person379135N/A
Double ensuite with non playing partner (per room)595210N/A
Double ensuite with 2 players sharing (per room)758270N/A
Day rate (non residential)150145130
Course rate (non residential)350N/AN/A
“Cheap & cheerful” single (available when full)379135N/A


Venice ( The Lido ) – and our 15th course to the region

March 15th – 18th for 3 nights  … Small Ensembles, 1 : 1 and Workshop sessions

( arrive on March 14th to settle in and have one extra day to sightsee )

March 18th – 21st  for 3 nights  …  Small Ensembles, 1 : 1  and Workshop sessions

Stay for a double course at 5% reduction

Join us on The Lido island of Venice for a combination of playing, sightseeing and great food. It is easy to get around either by foot or bicycle!

Partners most welcome.

We will be rehearsing in a character art nouveau villa,  set on one of the canals with a panoramic view from the terrace across to Venice. Luxury accommodation ranges from single, twin or double en suite or non en suite rooms in this villa or a character apartment nearby. We are just a few minutes walk from the water bus stop and a short ride across the lagoon from Piazza Saint Marco  (15 minutes on the famous number 1 vaporetto boat which runs at regular intervals all day)

The airport water bus stops at the Lido and is an easy walk from Arrivals

Booking Form Adults

 Do book your own accommodation, if you prefer, and join us for playing. There are plenty of choices on the Lido. Sightseeing is easy to manage and water boats plentiful. Partners/friends are also very welcome to join for the whole duration and enjoy a break in Venice!

Where we are

The Lido, made famous by Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice, home to the Film Festival and the favourite week-end and day trip beach trip for Venetians,  is a little over an hour by boat from the main Venice airport or if you prefer then take the bus from the airport terminal to Piazzale Roma and then take the number 1/2 boat down the entire Grand Canal passing the Rialto, Accademia and San Marco.  Please note that Treviso airport, which serves Ryanair, takes more time  and is more costly to transit, but has an easy shuttle bus service to the number 1 boat stop. 1, 2 and 3 day travel tickets are a convenient and inexpensive way of exploring Venice.

Schedule

Day 1   Arrival and light lunch at 14.00  followed by time to explore the Lido and a playing session. Dinner at 19.30.

Day 2  Playing sessions all morning until 12.30.  Time to sightsee and eat a snack in Venice. Return for an optional playing session at 18.30 and Dinner at 19.30

Day 3   as above for Day 2 or we are happy to be flexible and reverse the order of the sessions if you prefer to make an early start.

Day 4  Depart after breakfast. There is a left luggage office at Piazzale Roma from where you can catch the Airport buses.

Flights: There are many carriers serving Venice airports British Airways, Easyjet, Ryanair offer several direct services daily. It may be easier from some regional airports to take two connecting flights.

We suggest aiming for an early morning flight out to Venice and a late flight back to maximize your time. Single tickets are the same price as returns which enables you to have greater flexibility. We can help you find an extra night’s accommodation if this helps with travel plans. There is a modern and covered walk way from the arrivals at Marco Polo airport to the port which is only a 10 minutes stroll away. From there you board the boat to the Lido, where we will meet you for the easy and scenic canal walk to the villa. Alternatively, take the bus from outside the arrivals terminal into central Venice, which takes you to the water bus terminus. From here pick up the famous number 1 boat and we will meet you at the Lido stop.

Arrival one day earlier: We can offer an extra nights stay on March 14th at £65  B and B for anyone who has a flight time that needs a Saturday travel date.

Luggage: Please travel with compact bags as there is so much walking to do in Venice.  The boats charge 3 euros for extra bags and oversized luggage.

1 main piece and 1 hand item are  fine and included. Instruments are welcome  on most carriers.

Money: We provide Full Board and single room accommodation except for Lunch on Day 2 and 3. No car is needed and the Lido is walkable or use a bus with your water bus travel card.

Transits from the airport are extra  – 14 euros from Marco Polo Airport to the Lido  by Blue Line Aliguna ferry or Airport bus and then a 3 day travel card on the water boat is 52 euros bought as a combined  3 day deal. Vaporetto journeys are 7.50 euros single for 75 minutes or 40 euros for 72 hours. 52 euros if including the airport bus. Single day travel cards are also available. Much of Venice is free to visit but certain museums (Accademia, Guggunheim, Doges Palaces etc) do charge and also have timed tickets in peak periods.

Venice 1 & Venice 2March 15-18 or March 18-21March 14th
ROOM TYPE3 nights"extra night B n B"
Single54969
Single deluxe ensuite64999
Twin share (if available) per person49955
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person59970
Double/Twin share with non playing partner (per room)759109
Double/Twin ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)859139
Please note: 3 euros/person tourist tax per night payable on all.


Taroudant, Morocco

May 3rd – 10th  2018

Stay 5 – 7 nights

Partners welcome

No car needed

We invite everyone to a musical house party in the enchanting destination of Taroudant (- la petite Marrakech -) a small and friendly Berber town with many local, natural and cultural attractions. Stay in a typical riad situated in its own walled grounds, just a few minutes walk from the main medina and within the ancient walled city. Choose from a luxury, Moroccan style room en suite or with shared bathroom nearby. We can offer single, twin or double occupancy. Sit and relax in the beautiful gardens or take a stroll to the rambling souks. Enjoy a coffee or Moroccan mint tea at one of the pavement cafes or sip a chilled beer at the Hotel Palais Salaam.

Step a little further and visit the ruined Kasbah or the olive press, where you can sample the lemon infused olive oil. Take a horse and carriage ride around the ancient, fortified city walls. Explore the  markets, which are home to an endless array of goods from local spices to tagines to dates, nuts and figs to clothes.  We can arrange a driver and/or guide should you wish to take a day off and go walking in the mountains or visit the local Berber villages. There is a hammam in the riad and the house keeper can arrange a steam bath and scrub massage!

Fly to Agadir and rent a car for the easy 1 hour drive to Taroudant or we can arrange a ‘Meet and Greet’ taxi.

It is also possible to get a flight to Marrakech and then hire a car for the straightforward drive to Taroudant or we can help you to book/share a limousine ‘Meet and Greet’ taxi from inside the airport for the scenic 3 hour drive to the venue.  We just need to co-ordinate arrival times or you can even explore Marrakech whilst you wait.

Single flights into one airport and out of another are available at similar cost to a return.

Please note that flights and transits are extra. 


Half Board accommodation is offered with the chance to sightsee each day and take lunch out in a local cafe. Beer is available at a local hotel bar and wine, too, if food is ordered. For your added enjoyment, wine can also be ordered through the house keeper. The weather should be a pleasant lower 20’s with mostly sunshine and there is no time difference from UK.

Partners are most welcome Stay for 5 – 7 nights with workshop/ensemble playing sessions and 1 : 1 help available. 


Typical daily schedule 

Breakfast 8.45.  Playing session 9.30 – 12.30   Lunch out and sightseeing.    Late afternoon session (optional) 5.30pm   Evening soiree at 6.30    Dinner 7.30


MoroccoMay2018 
Room Type5 nights £6 nights £7 nights £
Single675810840
Single ensuite725870900
Double/twin share with another player (per person)575690720
Double/twin ensuite share with another player (per person)625750780
Double share with non playing partner (per room)92511101170
Double ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)97511701230

The Old Rectory, Burford near Tenbury Wells, Shropshire

June 15th – 22nd

2 consecutive courses …. or stay for 3 or 7 nights and combine courses

Stay in this characterful house with 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, 12 seater dining room, elegant drawing-room and conservatory set within wooded grounds in a beautiful area of Shropshire countryside. A choice of single, double, twin and triple bedrooms with some ensuites are available. There is a good choice of local walks and the gardens and farm shop of Burford house are just opposite the front entrance. The ancient market and spa town of Tenbury Wells is 1 mile away with small shops, tea rooms and pubs.

Burford 1. June 15th – 18th.  (FULL)

Clarinet Bespoke Course

*please note that this course carries a special fee due to the bespoke nature of the teaching.

Intensive tuition under Nick’s watchful eyes and “ears” with just 3 places available.  This course is individually tailored to your needs and is particularly suited to those who do not have time for regular lessons. Suits those wanting personal or professional development.

Start time 18.00 on June 15th.  End Time 12.00 on June 18th

Burford 2. June 18th – 22nd

Clarinet Ensembles and Tips, Tone and Technique Workshop based sessions.

Intermediate to Advanced.   (minimum ABRSM grade 5 suggested)

Workshop sessions and Ensemble course. Late starters and lapsed learners are our speciality. Number of places is small to give maximum attention. Don’t worry if this is your first course experience as we are completely sympathetic to your needs and adjust our teaching accordingly. A holiday combined with an intensive yet relaxed learning experience. Partners and non playing friends are also very welcome to enjoy the countryside and join everyone for all meals and informal concerts. Also suits and meets the criteria for Personal Development for Teachers.

Group workshop sessions, Individual  help, tone, technique, tips and tricks, rhythm, counting, breathing, posture, repertoire, scales, pianist available, duets with tutor, optional informal performances, non competitive environment.

It is possible to combine both courses and stay for 7 nights.

Start time 17.00 on June 18th  Ends after breakfast on June 22nd.

Travel by train to Worcester and then by bus to Tenbury Wells from where we can collect you.

Booking Form Adults

Burford, Shropshire June 2018Burford 1. BespokeBurford 2. Ensembles
June 15 -18thJune 18 - 22nd
ROOM TYPEPremium £Standard £
Single565535
Single ensuite615585
Twin share (if available) per person495465
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person520490
Double share with non playing partner (per room)695665
Double ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)745720
Double share with playing partner (per room )POA930
Double ensuite share with playing partner (per room)POA980
Day rate (non residential)190150
Course rate (non residential)440440


Earls Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk, UK. IP30 OJD

Our favourite summer retreat and the 9th year at this lovely venue in the Suffolk countryside. A beautiful old country house set in its own grounds with orchard and vegetable garden surrounded by miles of arable farmlands and ancient woods. Approximately 10 miles from historic Lavenham and Bury St. Edmunds. Many local walks and cycle routes. Perfect for that summer retreat. Partners welcome. There are no ensuites at this venue but bathrooms very near to the bedrooms. Accommodation ranges from private double or single, very large twin share or a downstairs room with single bed. Please link to see cost of each type.

Booking Form Adults

July 23rd – 26th   Suffolk 2

Bespoke Clarinet 

Beginners to Grade 5

Individual and workshop based tuition designed with your specific needs in mind. 

*please note that this course carries a special fee due to the bespoke nature of the teaching.

Intensive tuition under Nick’s watchful eyes and “ears” with just 3 places available.  This course is individually tailored to your needs and is particularly suited to those who do not have time for regular lessons. Suits those wanting personal or professional development.

August 5th – 9th.  Suffolk 5

Bespoke Clarinet

Advanced players Grades 6 – 8+

Individual and workshop based tuition designed with your specific needs in mind. 3 places maximum. Also the chance to play with parallel Advanced flute group if you wish 

Also – Advanced Flute Players with Julie Wright in parallel. A fluent reading level is needed.

SuffolkJuly2018
Suffolk 13 nights.July 20 - 23
Suffolk 23 nights.July 23 - 26
ROOM TYPE :Standard ratePremium rate**
Single490590
Large twin share (If share available) per person.390490
Double share with non playing partner. (per room)645745
Double share with playing partner (per room)780880
Day rate (non residential)145185
Course rate (non residential)350450
“Cheap & cheerful” single bed downstairs (available when all rooms booked)390490
** Bespoke, small ratio, courses
Suffolk 44 nights.August 1 - 5
Suffolk 54 nights.August 5 - 9
ROOM TYPE :Standard ratePremium rate**
Single595695
Large twin share (If share available) per person490590
Double share with non playing partner (per room)745POA
Double share with playing partner (per room)980POA
Day rate (non residential)145185
Course rate (non residential)450550
“Cheap & cheerful” single bed downstairs in a sitting room - (available when all rooms booked)490590
** bespoke, small ratio courses
 


The Old Sawmill and Stables

Hastingleigh, near Wye, Ashford, Kent, UK

Julie and Nick’s

” Woodwind Clinic”

A musical retreat to rural Kent, covering all aspects of your playing

for all Adult players of Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone

from near beginners to grade 4

Partners welcome.

August 18th – 21st   :  3 nights

August 21st – 25th   :   4 nights

Combine dates and stay for a double course   :   7 nights

7 places in total

  Wye is 60 minutes  by train from St Pancras Intrnational via Ashford

Booking Form Adults

A first level “check up” course to make sure that you are heading in the right direction with Tone, Technique, Breathing, Articulation, Dynamics + Repertoire and for those needing a refresher ‘back to basics’ few days. Both Julie and Nick are quick to analyse and diagnose which makes for rapid trouble shooting, problem solving and smooth progress.

Workshop style sessions, 1 : 1 help, ensemble coaching  with parts written to suit your individual level and demonstration classes focusing on the basic elements of each instrument, practice structure and techniques, performance styles and how to gain confidence/nerve removal…….

We can assist you to read notation more fluently and to develop a secure understanding of rhythms. Our aim is to help you to enjoy your playing and to achieve that much desired improvement based on secure foundations.

Hastingleigh is a hamlet in rural Kent – an area of outstanding natural beauty on the rolling Downs. We will be staying in a converted sawmill and stables in well equipped chalet style dwellings with shared kitchenettes and living areas. Wifi is available in each one, although the phone signal can be very patchy. 

No car needed as we are offering meet and greet at Wye station.

There are many local walks and public footpaths for that essential relax and breath of fresh air.

The local pub is a pleasant 1 mile stroll away. Nearest shop 4 miles.

Travel by car and park on site, or take the train via Ashford to Wye, from where we can collect you at 5.30. If you arrive early at the station, please amuse yourself in the adjacent pub.

Course daily structure

Breakfast 8.45

Playing sessions 9.30 – 12.30

Lunch 1.00

Afternoon free for walking, relaxing or practising ‘given’ tasks

“Check up” Session  17.00

Ensembles/Mixed Ensembles 18.00

Evening Soiree 19.00

Dinner 19.30 

Hastingleigh 20183 nights4 nights
Room TypeStandard £Standard £
Single420520
Single ensuite470570
Twin share (if available) per person350450
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person375475
Double share with non playing partner (per room)545645
Double ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)595695
Double share with playing partner (per room)700900
Double ensuite share with playing partner (per room)750950
Day rate (non residential)150150
Course rate (non residential)350460
7 night course Less 10% of Total

Booking Form Adults


 

 

 

 

 


The Hop House, Oad Street, near Sittingbourne, Kent

October 5th – 8th Hop House 1

Clarinet Bespoke

October 8th – 12th Hop House 2 *

Clarinet Bespoke

Clarinet Bespoke Courses 1 and 2 *

*please note that these  courses carry a special fee due to the bespoke nature of the teaching.

Intensive tuition under Nick’s watchful eyes and “ears” with just 3 places available.  This course is individually tailored to your needs and is particularly suited to those who do not have time for regular lessons. Suits those wanting personal or professional development.

This fabulous oast house has been carefully and lovingly transformed by the owners, into a magnificent 7 bedroomed home with all rooms ensuite. It is situated in the small hamlet of Oad Street in the heart of rural Kent.

Parking onsite.

Second kitchen for tea and coffee making.

Wifi.

Train from Victoria to Sittingbourne 1hr 10 minutes

Train from St Pancras to Sittingbourne 1 hr.

Taxi from Sittingbourne to Oad Street – 3 miles

Course starts from 18.00 on 5th and ends  at 11.00 on the 8th.

Course starts from 17.00 on 8th and ends after breakfast on the 12th.

 

Oad Street near Sittinbourne, Kent, UKHop House 1
October 5th - 8th
3 nights
Bespoke
Hop House 2
October 8th - 12th
4 nights
Bespoke
Room TypePremium Rate
Bespoke Course
Premium Rate
Bespoke Course
Luxury Single ensuite645745
Luxury Double ensuite with non playing partner ( per room )765885

 

 

 


The Poachers Arms, Hope, Derbyshire

November 5th – 9th  4 nights


  

Hope, Derbyshire
2018
3 nights.November 2nd - 5th4 nights.November 5th - 9th
ROOM TYPE :Standard ratePremium rate**Standard ratePremium rate**
Single ensuite470600570730
Twin share ensuite (If share available) per person.370500470630
Double ensuite share with non playing partner. (per room)595725720880
Day rate (non residential)150190150190
Course rate (non residential)345445445565
** bespoke courses**bespoke courses