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 Saxophone Courses

Saxophone Courses for Amateur Adult Saxophone Players, Saxophone Teachers and Saxophone Students.

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We offer residential Saxophone 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.

Adults – Playing Levels
  • Absolute beginners and early grades – we suggest a bespoke individual needs course as a first experience for rapid and consolidated progress. We can help with rhythm and reading.
  • Grades 2 – 5 – we suggest an ensemble workshop course that goes at a gentle pace with plenty of time to absorb teaching points. It is important to feel comfortable and to progress at your level. Bespoke courses with highly specific and targeted tuition are also highly beneficial. Some reading is required but we are totally understanding and tolerant of your mistakes and have time to help smooth these out.
  • Grades 5 – 8+ – we suggest an ensemble workshop course that moves at a faster pace and where relatively fluent reading is required. Interpretation, style, ensemble techniques and a good level of performance are the aims.  Bespoke courses are also highly beneficial for focused individual improvement.
  • Professional development for first study players or those for whom saxophone is a second or third instrument. Please ask for a suitable venue and set of dates

Our saxophone courses contain a balance of the following :-
Tone and Technique – Small group workshops and classes – Embouchure, posture, sling, reeds and mouthpieces – Ensemble parts written to suit your level of experience. – Scales and exercises for finger dexterity – Solo repertoire –Pianist available – Rhythm and reading work
We have parts for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
1:1 individual coaching sessions are available when time allows or if it is a Bespoke course.
 * Please note that these are not improvisation courses but intended to develop your saxophone playing, so some reading is required

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 saxophone 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 September 2015


2017

Saxophone Course – Listings

Booking Form Adults

Thank you for such an excellent course.The combination of individual tuition, the opportunity to play with and to colleagues, superb food and enjoyable company makes your courses so rewarding. E.T. February 2016

Just wanted to thank you for a great course last weekend. With the number of new pieces we got through and the overall level of ability in the group, it felt quite intensive (in a good way!) and I am sure I will have learned a lot. Hope to see you again in the future. D.P Oxford 2016



What a wonderful three days of learning. I must congratulate you both on your professionalism, dedication & patience, not forgetting your culinary skills. A total immersion in music, the group was great so friendly & supportive I felt very comfortable & at ease despite the solo performances, which were very testing. Many thanks again, from a very full & happy student! F.K. November 2015

Once again we had a fantastic time and you re-kindled the spirit for Andrew, never thought he would be playing duets and quartets!! S.C. June 2016


 


 

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Komiza, Island of Vis, Croatia

October 7th – 14th

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stay 5 – 7 nights

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


Split and its historical sights


We are staying in several houses located very close to one another. Two are renovated comfortable stone houses with a combination of local traditional style and modern house equipment.  Self contained apartments also available. 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 main 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

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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


The Tudor Wing at Hoath House,

Chiddingstone Hoath, Edenbridge, Kent, UK

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Course 1 : November 3rd – 6th 

3 nights Bespoke Course

Course 2 : November 6th – 9th/10th

  3/4 nights – Bespoke Course  All levels.

6/7 night stay possible for a combined course   

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 Cowden 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

 Tips and general problem solving –  advice sessions – non competitive environment – pianist available

Don’t worry if this is your first course experience as we are totally sensitive to your needs. Late starters and lapsed learners are our speciality and we guarantee a friendly and non competitive environment.

Delicious home cooking with special diets catered for, where possible.  Partners welcome

Start time 18.00 on November 3rd  End time  12.00 on November 6th

We suggest a meeting time of 17.30 for anyone wishing to share a pre booked taxi from Cowden station

Also: Bespoke course with Julie

small workshop based group tuition on Tone, Technique, Breathing, Tips, Tricks  and Ensembles

Bespoke as above with Nick

Start time 17.00 on November 6th  End time  after breakfast on November 9th or 10th

We suggest a meeting time of 16.30 for anyone wishing to share a  pre booked taxi from Cowden station

Intensive work sessions with time to consolidate and practise. 

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.


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 or 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 Uckfield, London Bridge and 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 or Cowden

Booking Form Adults

Hoath House, Edenbridge, KentHoath House 1 and 2 
3 nights. £4 nights. £
ROOM TYPEPremiumPremium
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
10% reduction for a double course

Booking Form Adults


Retreat to the Cotswolds ….

The Cotswold Course, Barnsley Village, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, UK

November 10th – 13th 

Saxophone Workshop Sessions and Ensembles with Nick

Beginner to Intermediate Levels

or

November 13th – 17th

Saxophone Workshop Sessions and Ensembles with Nick 

Intermediate  to Advanced Levels

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

Booking Form Adults

Barnsley Village, Cotswolds. November 2017Cotswolds 1Cotswolds 2
ROOM TYPE3 nights4 nights
Single ensuite455555
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person365465
Double ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)605705
Double ensuite share with playing partner (per room)730930
Day rate (non residential)150150
Course rate (non residential)350450
“Cheap & cheerful” (available when all rooms booked)365465


2018 courses

Saxophone course listings

Retreat to the Cotswolds ….

The Cotswold Course, Barnsley, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, UK

 

Greyhound Barn is a Grade ll listed building :- a stunningly spacious 8 bedroomed, mostly ensuite,  converted brewery/hophouse in the Cotswolds. Easy access from all major routes including A40 from Oxford/Witney.

There is a regular bus service to Cirencester (4.5 miles) from where you can take a taxi to the house.

Nearest airport Heathrow, but Gatwick, Stansted and Luton also possible with bus/rail links.

Ample heating and hot water and 2nd kitchenette available for tea and coffee breaks. Most rooms ensuite.

Large rehearsal space. Local pub within 2 minutes walk and the picturesque Cotswold village of Bibury is just a few minutes away

We also have the use of a Cotswold Cottage just a few minutes stroll away which has two further bedrooms with shared luxury bathroom. 

Stay in the Village Pub with luxury ensuite rooms – just a 2 minute stroll from the main house. Book your own room at the Pub, then book on the course as a non resident, yet still join us for main meals and all classes. 

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.

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February 9th – 12th, 2018.  3 nights

The Cotswolds 1   Booking Form Adults

Saxophone Bespoke course with Nick.

This course is tailored completely to suit your specific needs. 2 places only.

 

February 15th – 18th, 2018.  3 nights

The Cotswolds 3   Booking Form Adults

Cotswolds 3. Adult saxophone ensemble course,  Intermediate to Advanced players of grade 5+. SATB

Suitable for those who are fluent readers and who wish to improve their playing through ensembles and group classes.

small groups – individual lessons – tone, technique, scales – rhythm  and counting – breathing – sight-reading

repertoire – pianist available – non competitive environment – ensemble parts written to suit – informal evening soiree

A fairly fluent reading ability is required. Please ask if unsure – we don’t expect you to be perfect in any way!

Course starts at 17.00 on 15th and ends at 11.00 on 18th

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

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February 18th – 21st, 3 nights 1 : 1 Beginner to Intermediate level

The Cotswolds 4 

Suitable for absolute beginner to intermediate saxophone players – SATB, who would enjoy and benefit from an intensive learning experience.

Especially good for those for whom a busy life style and distance doesn’t allow for regular lessons.

1:1 coaching with time to practise and consolidate. All levels of players from beginner to intermediate as the teaching is individually tailored to your needs.

 1:1 lessons – tone, technique and breathing classes – scales – repertoire –

duets with tutor – and we will help you develop a structured approach to your learning.

non competitive environment – resident pianist for accompaniment – optional informal evening performances.

Start time 17.00 on 18th February. End time 11.00 on 21st February (or extend to February 22nd ending at 17.00)

Booking Form Adults


February 21st – 22nd, 2018.   1 night  …  A 24 hour quick fix !

The Cotswolds 5. Adult saxophone 

Workshop classes + ensembles.Booking Form Adults

Stay for 24 hours and have individual lessons with time to practise, consolidate and take part in a group forum discussing any learning issues.

A quick fix course for those needing individual and guidance with repertoire, nerves, exams…..

Coached ensemble playing and duets with tutor

Course starts at 17.00 on February 21st  –  and ends at 17.00 on February 22nd

February 22nd, 2018. 1 day workshop

The Cotswolds  6. Adult 1:1 lessons.  9.30am to 5.00pm.  Booking Form Adults

A one day quick fix for those with not enough days in each week !

or a ‘taster’ day if you have never attended a course before.

Includes all tuition and lunch. Only 8 places maximum for saxophone, flute, clarinet.

9.30 – 12.30 session; Lunch; 14.00 – 17.00  session

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.


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No. of nights3310
Room TypeStandard. £Premium. £Standard. £Standard. £
Single ensuite459599165N/A
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person379519135N/A
Double ensuite with non playing partner (per room)595735210N/A
Double ensuite with 2 players sharing (per room)7581038270N/A
Day rate (non residential)150190145130
Course rate (non residential)350490N/AN/A
“Cheap & cheerful” single (available when full)379499135N/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 ensuite or non ensuite rooms in this villa or a character appartment 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, Guggungheim, 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 evryone 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 ensuite 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 maid.

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 ) at 5.30

Evening soiree at 6.30

Dinner 7.30


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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

Woodlands, The Mains, Giggleswick, Settle, Yorkshire Dales, UK. BD24 0AX

100 years of History

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June 12th – 15th/16th, 2017.  Stay 3 or 4 nights 

“Simply Saxophones”

Intermediate to Advanced Grades  5 – 8+

Giggleswick 2017

  • Grades 5 – 8+ –  an ensemble workshop course that moves at a faster pace and where relatively fluent reading is required. Interpretation, style, ensemble techniques and a good level of performance are the aims. Retreat to the Yorkshire dales and stay in a former gentleman’s residence within walking distance of Giggleswick and Settle.

An intensive practical music course with Nicholas Foster: saxophones SATB

Workshop group tuition for SATB, Ensemble coaching and individual advice offered.

Stay either 3 or 4 nights with Day Visitors and non playing partners very welcome to stay and enjoy the local countryside, join the group for all meals and informal concerts.

Players of all saxophone voices are welcome and the course suits teachers looking to fulfill Personal Development criteria. The emphasis is on you the individual player and it’s your progress that matters. Suits those wishing to improve within a short time and those unable to take regular lessons.

Come and have a holiday combined with an intensive yet relaxed learning experience. The numbers will be small to give maximum attention. Don’t worry if this is your first experience on a course as we are completely sympathetic to your needs and feelings. Ensemble coaching, Individual help, attention to tone, technique, scales, breathing, performing, repertoire, duets, work with a resident pianist and all in a non competitive environment.

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

Full board: breakfast, lunch. evening meal – all home cooking.

Timings: starts at 18:00 on June 11th and ends at 12:00 on June 14th if staying 3 nights or after breakfast on June 15 15th if staying 4 nights

Address: Woodlands, The Mains, Giggleswick, Settle, N. Yorkshire. BD24 0AX

The SatNav and postcode takes you half way up the The Mains – Woodlands is last house at the end of the road.

Train: arrive at Settle station and the house is a 15 minute walk.

Booking Form Adults

Giggleswick 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


 

Earls Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk, UK. IP30 OJD

… our 9th year at this venue.

Booking Form Adults

Retreat to Earls Hall, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk for a few days of summer music making. This is our 9th year at this, our favourite venue. Delicious home cooking with vegetables picked from the garden. Small group sizes and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. 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.

July 20th – 23rd  2018. Suffolk 1

Adult saxophone players of Intermediate grades – Grade 2/3 suggested minimum and some reading ability required.

A 3 night workshop based course with coached ensembles, basic tips and techniques and 1 : 1 advice. Suits intermediate level player.

Only  4 – 6  places available plus day visitors welcome. (Parallel Bespoke flute course at same time)

Coached ensembles with parts written to suit, individual lessons, attention to tone, technique, scales, breathing, performing, repertoire, duets, work with a resident pianist and all in a non competitive environment. Come and have a holiday combined with an intensive yet relaxed learning experience. The numbers will be small to give maximum attention. Don’t worry if this is your first experience on a course as we are completely sympathetic to your needs and feelings.

All intermediate level players welcome and some reading ability is required.

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

Start time 18.00.   End time 12.00

July 23rd – 26th. Suffolk 2

Bespoke course for intensive individual tuition * (please note premium fee applies)

Adult saxophone players from complete beginner to grade 5 

A 3 night, highly specific course with individual attention throughout whilst in a small workshop situation or 1 : 1 help . Suitable for beginners looking for a firm grounding in technique and reading skills as well as more advanced players wanting to improve specific areas of technique and musicianship. .

Only 3  places available  (Parallel flute ensemble course at same time)

Individual lessons, attention to tone, technique, scales, breathing, performing, repertoire, duets, work with a resident pianist and all in a non competitive environment. Come and have a holiday combined with an intensive yet relaxed learning experience. The numbers will be small to give maximum attention. Don’t worry if this is your first experience on a course as we are completely sympathetic to your needs and feelings.

Adults only. Late starters and lapsed learners are our speciality.

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

Start time 17.00.   End time 11.00

August 1st – 5th. Suffolk 4

Intermediate – Advanced Level Ensemble Course for adult saxophone players with minimum grade 5+ level. Fluent reading level is required.

A summer retreat for adult saxophone players working with Nicholas Foster in both an ensemble and individual situation. 3 days of playing, learning, eating good food and meeting like-minded people, all set within the beautiful Suffolk house and grounds of Earls Hall. Meal times are an important part of the day with deliciously creative, home cooked fare, much from the organic garden. Work hard and then have time to relax and chat.

Only 6 places available with the full range of saxophones (SATB) welcome.

Individual lessons, coached ensembles with parts specially written to suit your level; tone, technique, breathing, repertoire, counting and rhythm, pianist available; all in a non competitive environment.

Daily schedule: each day starts after breakfast at 09.30 until lunchtime. Free time until 16:00 then play until evening meal. Optional duets/trios after dinner if you have the stamina!

Course starts: 17.00 on August 1st and Course ends at 11.00 on 5th August 2018.

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

 

Suffolk 5   August 5th – 9th

Saxophone Bespoke Course

Adult saxophone players of advanced levels Grades 6 – 8+

Intensive individual help and workshop tuition * (please note premium fee applies)

. A 4 night, bespoke course with individual help/very small group attention throughout. Suitable for beginners looking for a firm grounding in technique and reading skills as well as more advanced players wanting to improve specific areas of technique and musicianship. .

Only 3 places available  (Parallel flute ensemble course at same time)

Individual lessons, attention to tone, technique, scales, breathing, performing, repertoire, duets, work with a resident pianist and all in a non competitive environment. Come and have a holiday combined with an intensive yet relaxed learning experience. The numbers will be small to give maximum attention. Don’t worry if this is your first experience on a course as we are completely sympathetic to your needs and feelings.

Adults only. Late starters and lapsed learners are our speciality.

 

Booking Form Adults

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

3 nights

Saxophone Bespoke

October 8th – 12th

4 nights

Saxophone Bespoke

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 2nd – 5th   3 nights

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

 

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
Booking Form Adults