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2018

with Nicholas Foster GRNCM

Booking Form Adults


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 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 15 minute drive to Taroudant or we can arrange a shared ‘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 high 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


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


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

100 years of History

June 11th – 14th/15th, 2017.  Stay 3 or 4 nights 

“Simply Saxophones”

Intermediate to Advanced Grades  5 – 8+

  • 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. 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 11:00 on June 14th if staying 3 nights or after breakfast on June 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.

All costs listed below

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 11.00

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 International 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 kitchenette 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 nights7 nights special offer
Single420520£740
Single ensuite470570£840
Twin share (if available) per person350450£600
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person375475£650
Double share with non playing partner (per room)545645£990
Double ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)595695£1090
Double share with playing partner (per room)700900£1400
Double ensuite share with playing partner (per room)750950£1500
Day rate (non residential)150150
Course rate (non residential)350460£610

Booking Form Adults


Girona, Spain

September 19th – 23rd     4 nights  Half Board

September 23rd – 27th     4 nights  Half Board

4 nights Bespoke Course

with

Workshop Sessions,  Small Mixed Ensembles and 1 : 1 help

All levels. Flutes, Clarinets and Saxophones.Partners welcome.

These courses are about what you want to do and what your playing needs from us. The numbers will be kept at 4 – 6 depending on instrument combinations.

Play all morning, take lunch out in Girona, with some sightseeing and then optional play again from 17.00 to 19.00

This is a holiday course ….. en Vacances!

enjoy the terrace – enjoy the view – enjoy the sightseeing – enjoy the food – enjoy the company and enjoy the playing,  too.

Fly to Girona or to Barcelona and take an easy transit train through from Barcelona airport to Girona via Sants.

Fast train from Paris to Girona.

Visit Figueres and Dali – 29 minutes on the train from Girona.

Walk downhill into Girona and take the regular local bus back up again !

Stay in this fabulous holiday villa with views over Girona from one of the 3 terraces. Swimming pool, ensuite and non ensuite rooms and plenty of space to play. Free time to sightsee and delicious home cooking/eating al fresco.

Course begins at 17.30 and ends after breakfast on final day.

 

Girona, SpainGirona 1 September 19th - 23rd. 4 nights
Girona 2 September 23rd - 27th. 4 nights
Bespoke Courses
Room TypePremium Rate, Bespoke Course, Half Board
Luxury Single ensuite745
Luxury Single not ensuite with bathroom nearby665
Luxury Double ensuite with non playing partner ( per room )985
Luxury Double not ensuite with non playing pertner 885
Twin share not ensuite ( if share is available )575
"Cheap and Cheerful" bed - please ask if available495

Booking Form Adults



The Hop House, Oad Street, Sittingbourne, Kent

October 5th – 8th

3 nights. Saxophone Bespoke Course

October 8th – 12th

4 nights. Saxophone Bespoke Course

Booking Form Adults

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. 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 Sittingbourne, 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

Saxophone Ensembles, Solos and Workshop Sessions

for Intermediate to Advanced Levels – SATB

(we suggest ABRSM grade 4 – 8 or equivalent)

Dare we say it ….. Music ‘on Tap’ and a ‘barrel’ load of useful technical stuff with a library of ‘vintage’ ensemble pieces and our signature gastro-pub menus.

Our first ever “lock in” course. Join us in this converted pub/restaurant for a few days of music making.

9 double bedrooms ensuite – all with TV.

Ample rehearsal space. wifi. off street parking

8 minutes walk to the village pubs, shops and cafes, local countryside walks

By train: 26 minutes from Sheffield to Hope

50 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly to Hope

Hope, Derbyshire 2018 (Course 1)3 nights.
Single ensuite470
Twin share ensuite (If share available) per person.370
Double ensuite share with non playing partner. (per room)595
Day rate (non residential)150
Course rate (non residential)345

]Booking Form Adults


Retreat to The Cotswolds …..

November 9th – 12th   Saxophone Workshops and Ensemble coaching  SATB Intermediate+ Levels

Adult Saxophone Development Courses.

Don’t worry if this is your first course experience as we are completely sympathetic and understanding of your needs.

A comprehensive group workshop approach covering all aspects of saxophone playing.

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

A typical daily schedule is to work all morning from 9.30 to 12.30, enjoy a leisurely lunch with a short break to relax or practise  and then another session from 4.30 until dinner after which you are free to play informal ensembles, if you wish.

Full Board – with all meals and Tuition included. Start Time 18.00 on 9th and ends at 11.00 on 12th. Start Time 17.00 on12th and ends after breakfast on16th

The main accommodation is in Greyhound Barn – Luxury and spacious accommodation :- a beautiful Cotswold, Grade ll listed former hop brewery with all bedrooms ensuite. 2 minutes walk  from the local village pub. Single, Twin and Double rooms : all en suite. Unlimited heating and hot water. Ample practice space and rehearsal areas.

Additional Cottage accommodation  (3 minutes stroll away) A luxury, well-appointed local cottage with 3 bedrooms sharing two bathrooms.

Pub Accommodation Just a few steps away in the village  (This is for you to organize on a private basis whilst paying us the daily course rate)

Booking Form Adults

Barnsley village. 4.5 miles from the Roman town of Cirencester and very close to the beautifully picturesque Cotswold village of Bibury. Easy access by car from M4, M5 and A40 (Oxford) for those familiar with the Witney route. Luxury accommodation, world-class teaching, delicious home cooking. All inclusive: all teaching, full board, glass of wine with meals; nothing more to pay. WiFi – free – but can be patchy as we are in the countryside. Mobile phone signals can also be sporadic.

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 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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Barnsley Village, Cotswolds. November 2018Cotswolds 1
Room Type. No. of nights3
Single ensuite470
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person379
Double ensuite with non playing partner (per room)625
Double ensuite with 2 players sharing (per room)758
Day rate (non residential)150
Course rate (non residential)360
“Cheap & cheerful” single (available when full)379


Retreat to the Cotswolds ….

February 2019

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

Greyhound Barn is a Grade ll listed building:- a stunningly spacious 8 bedroom, 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 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 8th – 11th, 2019.  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 14th – 17th, 2019.  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 14th and ends at 11.00 on 17th

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

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February 17th – 21st, 4 nights

Intermediate Levels SATB

Ensembles and Workshop Sessions

The Cotswolds 4 

Adult saxophone players of Intermediate grades – Grade 2/3 to 5+ suggested minimum and some reading ability required.

A 3/4 night workshop based course with coached ensembles, basic tips and techniques and 1 : 1 advice. Suits intermediate level player.

Only 6  places available plus day visitors welcome. (Parallel  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.

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

Start time 17.00 on 17th February. End time 11.00 on 21st February

Booking Form Adults

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.


Barnsley Village, Cotswolds. February 2019.Cotswolds 1
February 8th - 11th
Cotswolds 3
February 14th - 17th
Cotswolds 4
February 17th - 21st
No. of nights33 4
Room TypePremium. £Standard. £Standard. £
Single ensuite619470580
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person519379489
Double ensuite with non playing partner (per room)735625769
Double ensuite with 2 players sharing (per room)1038758978
Day rate (non residential)190150150
Course rate (non residential)495360480
“Cheap & cheerful” single (available when full)519379489
Single in nearby cottage when all main house rooms are booked589439N/A


 

April 1st – 5th

Devon 2  : 4 nights 

Milton Combe, near Lopwell Dam,  Devon 

Yelverton 3 miles, Plymouth 9 miles

Saxophone Workshops and Ensembles Sessions – Intermediate+ Levels SATB

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

A 4 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  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.

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

 

Maristow Barton Accommodation

This huge, detached, 8 bedroom Georgian house is situated close to the River Tavy on a 6,000 acre estate 1½ miles from Milton Combe. With contemporary style and lots of comfort, it is an excellent venue for a musical retreat. We offer twin, single and double accommodation  with full board and all tuition included. Most bedrooms are ensuite and the house is well heated with ample hot water. 

Off street parking for 10 cars  Wi fi   Games Room

Cyclists will be delighted by the countryside and the Plym Valley cycle track, and space is provided for you to store your bikes in the barns. You can head to the village pub for a pint, or further afield to Tavistock town or the city of Plymouth with its restaurants, shops and theatre. For history buffs, Buckland Abbey is close to the house, and there is a choice of other National Trust houses and gardens and fishing villages within 15 miles.

Maristow Barton is a very special destination, stylish yet relaxed and in a beautiful area.


Schedule

8.45 Breakfast  9.30 Sessions

1.00 Lunch

17.00 Session

18.30 Informal evening soiree performance

19.30 Dinner 


Course Devon 2 starts at 17.00 on 1st and Course ends after breakfast on 5th

Booking Form Adults

Maristow Barton
Devon 2
Devon 2 Saxophones
April 8th - 12th
No. of nights 4
Room Type £
Single ensuite580
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person489
Double ensuite with non playing partner (per room)769
Double ensuite with 2 players sharing (per room)978
Day rate (non residential)150
Course rate (non residential)480


Mokosica, Dubrovnik, Croatia

May 8th – 12th 

May 12th – 16th 

Flutes, Clarinets and Saxophones – A Musical House Party

Partners welcome

stay 4 nights or 8 nights

No car needed – easy transits

 

Join us for a musical house party in Croatia. Stay in a super modern, luxury house with terraces overlooking the River Ombla in Mokosica. The views are superb. The venue is just 3.7 kilometres and a direct 1.7 euro bus ride to and from the old citadel of Dubrovnik.  

Small Supermarkets, Coffee Shops, Bars and Restaurants all within 3 minutes walking distance. Riverside strolls or Hillside walks and a Marina nearby.  

The bus stop to Dubrovnik is very close to the house and the service is frequent.

Stay for 4 nights or 8 nights – the choice is yours and dip in and out of the schedule as you wish. 

The house consists of 4 large apartments and all of the 6 bedrooms are ensuite. There are plenty of open plan spaces in which to rehearse and several fully equipped kitchenette areas for your use, too. We offer half board accommodation to enable you to relax and sightsee each afternoon. 

We also have the option to take a second house nearby if the course is busy.

The weather in May averages 12 hours+ of sunshine per day and temperatures of up to 22/23 degrees.

Half Board Accommodation in Twin, Single or Double Rooms.

A typical daily schedule :-

Breakfast at 8.45

Playing session  from 9.30 – 12.30, 

Lunch out and free time in the afternoon.  

Meet again to play at 17.30 ( optional)

Evening Performance soiree  at 18.30.

Drinks and Dinner 19.30


Optional extra excursions :-

Guided walking tour of Old Dubrovnik

Boat trip to a group of islands with fish picnic.

Wine tasting on the Peljesac peninsula combined with a visit to Ston.

 

 

Dubrovnik 1  begins at 17.30  on May 10th  and ends after breakfast on May 14th 

Dubrovnik 2 begins at 17.30 on May 14th and ends after breakfast on May 18th

Fly to Dubrovnik from the UK with Easyjet, British Airways direct or Lufthansa offers a rapid connecting flight.

Please book these well in advance as Dubrovnik is a popular destination and flights fill quickly.

It is also possible to book single tickets in and out of Dubrovnik/Split – see below.

Door to Door Transits can be arranged at 40 euros for a shared minivan  or take the shuttle bus (6 euros single and 10 euros return) into Dubrovnik bus station and the local bus to the house from the same place. The shuttle bus is scheduled to meet every flight and even waits for delayed arrivals.

For the adventurous ….  Make this into a two centre holiday and combine Split with Dubrovnik by taking the 4 hour bus journey between the two.

There is also a 4 x weekly Catamaran service from early May.

NB Driving directly to Dubrovnik from Italy or Croatia can be problematic as there are Bosnian territorial borders to cross. 

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“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 haven’t played that much for a long time and I’m going back to work for a rest now”  SH : Andorra September 2015