Flute Courses, Clarinet Courses and Saxophone Courses for Adult and Student Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone players.

Clarinet Courses

 

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2024 

Bishops Frome, Herefordshire

March 1st – 4th   1 : 1 with Nick

March 4th – 7th    5:4:3:2:1. with Nick/Julie 

Cher, Loire region, France 

March 15th – 22nd A musical retreat for Players, Partners and Friends

Troo, nears Tours, France 

March 22nd – 29th A musical Retreat for Players, Partners and Friends  1 saxophone place left 

Church Stretton, Shropshire

June 7th – 10th and 10th – 13th 

Earls Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk

July 19th – July 24th.  International Students’ Course 

July 24th – 27th. Bespoke 1 : 1  Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone

July 27th -July 30th.   Upgrade your Playing Level -Woodwind Clinic.   Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone

July 31st  – August 4th.  Advanced Saxophone Ensembles or Flute Bespoke 321  

August 4th –  8th.  Flute Ensembles/Workshops or Saxophone/Clarinet Bespoke 1 : 1. 

Eardisland, Herefordshire

September 20th – 26th

The Cotswolds Gloucestershire

November 15th – 18th. Clarinet 1 : 1 

November 18th – 21st. Woodwind Workshop

Eardisland Herefordshire

December 13th – 16th Festive Intensive – Ensembles with 

December 13th – 17th Festive Intensive 

2025

venue tbc

January 24th – 27th    Clarinet 1 : 1

January 27th – 30th  Clarinet Ensembles- quintets, quartets, trios, duets and solos if you wish  5:4:3:2:1

February 31st – February 2nd  Clarinet 1 : 1 

February 2nd – 5th  Woodwind Clinic/Workshop/Ensembles. Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone 


2024 Courses


Bishops Frome, Herefordshire 

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Stay 3 or 6 nights 

Course 1 

March 1st – 4th 2024

Upgrade your playing  5 : 4 : 3 : 2 : 1  Challenging Flute Ensembles with Julie playing or leading 

or

1 : 1 saxophone/Clarinet with Nick 

Stay in this fantastic house on a 60 acre estate – well managed farmland and ancient woodland for you to roam. It is tucked away in the countryside with many walks from the door. 

The house is beautifully restored and has all ensuite bedrooms.

Each course begins at 18.00 and ends at 11.30  

Course 2 

March 4th – 7th 

 Flutes/Clarinets/Saxophones Upgrade Ensembles Course 

All meals, tuition and private room with ensuite bathroom accommodation included

Flutes/Clarinet/Saxophones

5:4:3:2:1 course

Challenging Chamber Music with Julie and Nick playing/leading

Take your playing up to that next level ….

Duets, Trios, Quartets, Quintets etc and solos too. 

Please ask for suitability of playing level

Bespoke : Just 5/6 places maximum with 2 tutors

Partners welcome 

Work intensively with Nick and Julie focusing on being coached by ourselves as ensemble partners in duets and with piano.  

Bespoke : Just 5/6 places maximum with 2 tutors

Partners welcome 

Both courses give you a tasting menu of everything that we have to offer relating to your progress and development and we are confident that your playing will move on. 

Booking Form 

Up your game and take your playing to the next level.

Cheyney Park March 1st - 4th
3 nights
March 4th - 7th
3 nights
6 nights stay
March 1st - 7th
Single occupancy luxury room ensuite£699£699£1259
Twin luxury room ensuite £629 per person £629 per person
non playing partner sharing a room with a player.£65 extra per night for a non playing partner sharing the same room £65 extra per night for a non playing partner sharing the same room

Booking Form 


Cher, Centre Val de Loire, France 

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March 15th – 22nd 2024   3/4/6/7 nights

arrival from 5pm – departure after breakfast on the last day 

A Musical Retreat for all levels of player, partners and friends 

Just for our private use ….!

This exciting venue of 1500 m2 is everyone’s idea of French style with its spacious salons and 20 acre park. It is owned by a young farming couple who are very keen to host us as their first group of musicians. They are renovating the building gradually. 

Any player welcome …. from the UK and abroad

We will balance the music and sessions to suit your playing level.

Music parts will be readily adapted in situ so that you gain maximum enjoyment and experience. 

A varied schedule to include ensembles, solos with piano, workshops, duets with ourselves etc. 

A little of everything that we offer.

Play all morning, go out for lunch or a picnic and a look around the area.

More playing at 5.30pm  until dinner. 

Evening soiree with drinks and canapés …. naturally, partners are included aswell.

7 bedrooms, each with private bathroom

Heating and hot water 

Half Board accommodation 

As usual, we provide all the catering and teaching ourselves

Breakfast

Full 5 course Dinner 

 

Stay in the Cher region of Val de Loire where many villages claim to be the very centre of France. 

The capital of the region is Bourges, with its famous cathedral and the much acclaimed Sancerre wine area is nearby. 

The village has a population of just 625. Local Spa supermarket open every day except Wednesday.

Local walks and easy drives. Fantastic countryside for cycling. 

6/7 day stays will be open for booking first of all, followed by 3/4 day stays at a later date 

Booking Form 

Cher, France 2024
courses begin at 5pm and end after breakfast on the final day.
Cher 3
March 16th-22nd
6 nights
Cher 4
March 15th - 22nd
7 nights
Private room with private bathroom.899959
non playing partner £65 per night
£390 in total
£65 per night
£410 in total

 

Travel

Please ask for shared cars, shared car hire, meet up with others and help with routes 

Car

Newhaven – Dieppe then drive for 4.50 hours  DFDS  ( cheapest ) 20% off for 60+

Portsmouth – Caen then drive for 4.40  hours   Brittany Ferries

Dover – Calais then drive for  5.45  hours   Euro Tunnel or Various Ferries 

Plane 

Stansted to Tours and then car hire. This is a Ryanair flight, so restricted for luggage      Friday/Monday schedule – mid March is start of schedule. TBC for 2024 

Many UK airports to Charles de Gaulle and then car hire and drive 3.20  hours   easyJet, British Airways, Air France

London Gatwick to Paris Orly with Vueling and then car hire or trains 

Train 

London to Paris and Paris to Bourges/Nevers and  then car hire – 40 minute drive

Paris to Nerondes is another route and brings you nearer to the Chateau …. a local taxi would then be pre bookable

St Pierre des Corps (Tours) to Nevers and Car hire 

St Pierre des Corps (Tours) to Nerondes and Taxi 

 


 

Troo,  Loir – et – Cher,  France 

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March 22nd – 29th 2024

A Musical Retreat to the heart of France for Flutes, Clarinets and Saxophone

Partners welcome  & any playing friends keen to join the group

A holiday combined with playing

Local walks, easy drives and scenic countryside 

Who lives in a chateau like this ….?

We do – just for one week!

Situated in the heart of beautiful Loir ( no ‘e’ ) countryside, this wonderful château of 1500m2, part of which dates back to the X111th century, promises to be a truly memorable feature of our 2024 calendar. 

Rustic, quaint, faded grandeur and very French!

60km from Le Mans and 40 km from Tours 

9 luxury spacious bedrooms – all ensuite

Half Board accommodation 

Breakfast and Full 5 course Dinner 

Grade 5 minimum suggested with good reading 

We will balance the music and sessions to suit your playing level 

A varied schedule to include large and small ensembles, solos with piano, workshops etc. 

A little of everything that we offer.

Car shares are a good option and we can connect you with other players

Indoor pool and hammam, exercise room and traditional French Kitchen 

The historical local town of Montoire sur-le- Loir has a market, fromagerie, bakers and the famous Musikenfete musical instrument Art museum. 

The local area is full of troglodyte caves and cave homes.

 

 

Travel

Please ask for shared cars, shared car hire, meet up with others and help with routes 

Car

Portsmouth – Caen then drive for 2.50 hours   Brittany Ferries

Newhaven – Dieppe then drive for 3.45 hours  DFDS 20% off for 60+

Dover – Calais then drive for  5.15  hours   Euro Tunnel or Various Ferries 

Plane 

Stansted to Tours and then car hire. This is a Ryanair flight, so restricted for luggage      Friday/Monday schedule 

Many UK airports to Charles de Gaulle and then car hire: 234 kms   (EasyJet, British Airways, Air France)

Train 

London to Paris and Paris to Tours and  then car hire 40 kms 

7 day stays will be open for booking first of all, followed by 3/4 day stays at a later date 

 

Troo, France 2024
courses begin at 5pm and end after breakfast on the final day.
Troo 1
March 22nd - 25th
3 nights
Troo 2
March 25th - 29th
4 nights
Troo 1 and 2
March 22nd - 29th
7 nights
Private room ensuite 6797791287
Shared family room (huge) ensuite Twin share 599 per person 699 per person 1087 per person
Non playing partners£65 per night £195 for 3 nights £65 per night £260 for 4 nights£410 for 7 nights

Booking Form 


Church Stretton, Shropshire 

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June 7th – 10th and 10th – 13th. 

Stay 3 or 6 nights 

Course 1 : June 7th – 10th.

Clarinet 1 : 1 

Bespoke individual sessions with Nick 

Start time 18.00 on June 7th.  End Time 11.30 on June 10th

Stay in this characterful house within walking distance of the town centre. 

Single, Double or twin accommodation with Full Board 

All rooms ensuite or with private bathroom next door. 

Course 2 : June 10th – 13th

Clarinet Ensembles 

Stay in this characterful house within walking distance of the town centre. 

Single, Double or twin accommodation with Full Board 

All rooms ensuite or with private bathroom next door. 

Start Time 18.00.   End Time 11.30

Booking Form 

Church Stretton
3 nights Ensembles 3 nights Bespoke or 3 : 2 : 1
ROOM TYPEFull Board Full Board
Double room with private bathroom on same corridor539589
Double room ensuite 599649


 

Earls Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk, UK. IP30 OJD

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Our favourite summer retreat and the 12th 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 3 miles from historic Lavenham and 5 miles from Bury St. Edmunds. Many local walks and cycle routes. Perfect for that summer retreat. Partners welcome. There are no en-suites 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 19th – July 24th

UK International Student Summer Music Camp

Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones and Friends on Oboe, Bassoon, Recorder…. – ages 10 – 18


July 24th – 27th.   Suffolk Adults 2.

 1 : 1 Bespoke 

3 nights or stay 6 nights for courses 2 and 3.

Play music, eat good home cooking and meet like-minded others in the beautiful setting of Earls Hall with its wonderful gardens.

Suffolk 2
Bespoke 1:1 Full board/Tuition
Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone
1 : 1
July 24th - 27th
3 nights
Suffolk 2 and Suffolk 3
6 nights
Single6995% discount for 6 nights

Course starts from 18.00 on 24th and ends at 11.00 on 27th

Booking Form 


July 27th – July 30th   Suffolk Adults 3 

Upgrade your Playing – Woodwind Clinic 

Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone

A “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 cover everything!

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.

Course starts at 18.00 on 27th and ends at 11.00 on July30th

Booking Form 

Suffolk 3
Full Board and All Tuition
Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone
July 27th - August 30th
3 nights
Suffolk 2 and 3
Double Course
6 nights
Single5995% discount for 6 nights


August 4th – 8th   Suffolk Adults 5

Clarinet/Saxophone Bespoke 1 : 1 

Course starts at 18.00 on 4th August. Course ends at 11.00 on 8th August

Bring your queries and work through all the areas of technique and performance that you would like to address.

Study different techniques, recital performance, both solo and with piano. Any level from complete beginner to advanced player; it is 1:1 after all.

Booking Form 

Suffolk 4/5
Bespoke 1 : 1
Flute Bespoke 321
July 31st - August 4th
4 nights
Clarinet Bespoke 1 : 1
August 4th - 8th
4 nights
Saxophone Bespoke 1:1
August 4th - 8th
4 nights
Single 799799799


Eardisland, Herefordshire, UK 

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A Musical Holiday and Retreat 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 

Partners and Friends Welcome 

Hereford Retreat 1 

September 20th – 23rd 1 : 1 with Nick

Clarinet or Saxophone


Hereford Retreat 2 

September 23rd – 26th   Upgrade your playing  5 : 4 : 3 : 2 : 1  workshop

Ensembles with Julie/Nick playing, leading or accompanying for  Flute/Clarinet/ Saxophones Intermediate level  


Hereford Retreat 3 and 4 

Saxophone Summit 

September 27th – October 3rd 

Saxophone ensembles SATB 

Flute 3 : 2 : 1 with Julie 


Please ask about appropriate playing level and we will direct you to the correct dates



Luxury Accommodation with ensuite or non ensuite rooms and spacious rehearsal/living areas. 

maximum 2 – 5 places depending on the course

Partners and friends welcome and there are so many local places of interest to visit and enjoy. 
Leominster 5 miles, Hay-on-Wye 21 miles (famous for its second-hand book shops), Presteigne 10 miles , Kington 8 miles, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye 23 miles, Ludlow 16.7 miles
 
The venue is situated on a working farm in rural Herefordshire and has ample car parking.
There is a tennis court for us to use … please bring your own rackets and balls.
Hot Tub 
Courtyard garden and patio
Wooden garden house 
Wifi
Hot water and generous heating ( underfloor and radiators ) throughout the barn. 
4 ensuite double/twin rooms and 2 sharing a Jack and Jill bathroom 

Each course starts at 18.00  and ends at 11.30

All meals included from Dinner on the first evening to Breakfast on the final day 

Please ask for shared car possibilities or public transport 

 

The beautiful village of Eardisland is set on the banks of the River Arrow and is a picturesque location for a peaceful holiday. With local pubs, tea rooms and a community store selling local produce which is set within the dovecote, this quaint village has everything you will need. A variety of birdlife can be found around the river which makes this a charming place to stay. Close by, the picturesque village of Weobley, once voted one of the top ten places to live in England, has many timber-framed buildings, and excellent facilities including a village shop, local pubs and the renowned Jules restaurant. Hay-on-Wye, the town of books, is within easy reach as are medieval Ludlow, the cathedral city of Hereford with its medieval bridge spanning the River Wye, Mappa Mundi world map and Chained Library. The magnificent Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park also make a great day out. Surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside including Offa’s Dyke and the Golden Valley, this is an excellent location for walking and cycling trails as well as sampling wonderful local produce at a local cheese factory, vineyard and cider farms.

Thank you for laying on such an enjoyable experience. The results of the course have been extraordinary….My playing has gone up a notch or two. JC Devon, March 2019

Eardisland, HerefordCourse 1
September 20th - 23rd
Course 2
September 23rd - 26th
Course 3
September 27th - 30th
Course 4
September 30th - October 3rd
Course 3 and 4
September 27th - October 3rd
number of nights
including accommodation and all meals + tuition
33336
Single Occupancy Double/Twin room ensuite6596596596591200
Single occupancy sharing a Jack and Jill bathroom 5995995995991100
Twin share 539 per person539 per person539 per person549 per person990 per person
Non playing partner sharing a double ensuite room with a player 195 195 195195350

Booking Form


Greyhound Barns, Barnsley Village, The Cotswolds Gloucestershire UK

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Cotswolds 1 November15th – 18th

Bespoke 1 : 1 tuition 

All en-suite rooms and large rehearsal space 

Course begins at 18.00 and ends at 11.30

Barnsley Village
The Cotswolds
Gloucestershire
Cotswolds 1
Flutes
Cotswolds 1 : 1
Bespoke
Clarinet/Sax
Cotswolds 2
Flute/Clarinet/Sax
No. of nights333
Single occupancy ensuite 639639639
Non residential Full Course.
Includes meals.
465465465
Day visitor
(min 2 days)
Includes meals
N/AN/A£185 per day
minimum 2 days


Cotswolds 2 November 18th – 21st

Woodwind Clinic

Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone – Please ask for level and suitability

A comprehensive workshop style course covering all aspects of your playing 

Solos, Duets, Ensembles. Play with an accompanist

We guarantee improvement in just a few days

All en-suite rooms and large rehearsal space 

Course begins at 18.00 and ends at 11.30

Barnsley Village
The Cotswolds
Gloucestershire
Cotswolds 1
Flutes
Cotswolds 1 : 1
Bespoke
Clarinet/Sax
Cotswolds 2
Flute/Clarinet/Sax
No. of nights333
Single occupancy ensuite 639639639
Non residential Full Course.
Includes meals.
465465465
Day visitor
(min 2 days)
Includes meals
N/AN/A£185 per day
minimum 2 days

Booking Form 


Eardisland, Herefordshire 

December 13th – 16th  

Festive Intensive – Ensembles and individual playing/help

December 13th – 17th

Festive Intensive with an additional day and night of 1 : 1

Luxury Accommodation with ensuite or non ensuite rooms and spacious rehearsal/living areas. 

maximum 5/6 places for  flute, clarinet, saxophone

Join together for some festive favourites and other seasonal classics that Nick has arranged.

In addition, we will have some more unusual content such as Manfredini’s Baroque Christmas Concerto and an arrangement of an aria from Bach’s Christmas oratorio.

From traditional arrangements to Bach to Boardway and beyond. 

There will also be the opportunity for individual help and solo opportunities with accompaniment.

Stay for an extra 24 hours for some intensive 1 : 1 

our festive course in December 2020

Partners and friends welcome and there are so many local places of interest to visit and enjoy. 
Leominster 5 miles, Hay-on-Wye 21 miles (famous for its second-hand book shops), Presteigne 10 miles , Kington 8 miles, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye 23 miles, Ludlow 16.7 miles
 
The venue is situated on a working farm in rural Herefordshire and has ample car parking.
There is a tennis court for us to use … please bring your own rackets and balls.
Hot Tub 
Courtyard garden and patio
Wooden garden house 
Wifi
Hot water and generous heating ( underfloor and radiators ) throughout the barn. 
4 ensuite double/twin rooms and 2 sharing a Jack and Jill bathroom 

The course begins at 18.00 on December 13th and ends on 16th if staying for 3 nights or 17th if you choose for an additional, extra intensive day and night!

All meals included from Dinner on the first evening to Breakfast on the last morning 

Please ask for shared car possibilities or public transport 

 
 

The beautiful village of Eardisland is set on the banks of the River Arrow and is a picturesque location for a peaceful holiday. With local pubs, tea rooms and a community store selling local produce which is set within the dovecote, this quaint village has everything you will need. A variety of birdlife can be found around the river which makes this a charming place to stay. Close by, the picturesque village of Weobley, once voted one of the top ten places to live in England, has many timber-framed buildings, and excellent facilities including a village shop, local pubs and the renowned Jules restaurant. Hay-on-Wye, the town of books, is within easy reach as are medieval Ludlow, the cathedral city of Hereford with its medieval bridge spanning the River Wye, Mappa Mundi world map and Chained Library. The magnificent Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park also make a great day out. Surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside including Offa’s Dyke and the Golden Valley, this is an excellent location for walking and cycling trails as well as sampling wonderful local produce at a local cheese factory, vineyard and cider farms.

Eardisland, HerefordCourse 1
December 13th - 16th
Course 1 +
December 13th - 17th
number of nights
including accommodation and all meals + tuition
3 nights4 nights
Single Occupancy Double/Twin room ensuite629699
Single occupancy sharing a Jack and Jill bathroom 599669
Twin share ensuite539539
Non playing partner sharing a double ensuite room with a player. All meals included195195

Booking Form 


Courses in 2025 


Upper Seagry, near Malmsbury, Wiltshire

January 24th – February 6th 2025

4 consecutive courses 

4 courses in total

Each Course starts at 18.00 and ends at 11.30

with

Julie Wright ARCM. LGSM. B. Ed Hons

and Nicholas Foster GRNCM

Stay in this beautifully presented house on an organic farm in Upper Seagry, near Malmsbury, Wiltshire.

We also have access to a two bedroomed cottage on the estate 

All double/twin bedrooms with private/ensuite bathrooms

Wiltshire 1

January 24th – 27th    3 nights

Clarinet 1 : 1 with Nick 

Stay for 6 nights with a 5% reduction

1,2,3,4.
No. of nights3 fully inclusive
Single ensuite/private bathroom679
Daily rate full course£465
Daily rate £185 each day minimum 2 days

Booking Form 


Wiltshire 2

January 27th – 30th   3 nights

Small Clarinet Ensembles and Workshop/Clinic 

Upgrade your playing level and increase your performance confidence  

Ensembles with Nick playing and leading 

Clinic sessions to help with tone, technique, tips and tricks.

Intermediate level 

1,2,3,4.
No. of nights3 fully inclusive
Single ensuite/private bathroom679
Daily rate full course£465
Daily rate £185 each day minimum 2 days

Booking Form 


Wiltshire 3 

January 31st – February 3rd  3 nights

Clarinet 1 : 1 with Nick 

Booking Form 


Wiltshire 4 

February 3rd – 6th   3 nights 

Woodwind Workshop for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone Intermediate levels 

A  workshop based course including tone, technique, breathing, articulation and intonation.

Small group learning sessions throughout the morning with a break after lunch for a walk, chat or some practice. Play again from 4.30 – 7pm 

This is a comprehensive, small group based, developmental course aimed at Intermediate levels of player. The numbers are kept small with two tutors to guarantee maximum attention; especially useful for those unable to have regular tuition. Don’t worry if this is your first course; we are completely sympathetic to your needs and adjust our teaching accordingly

A “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 help with everything!

The numbers will be kept at 7/8 (with 2 tutors) depending on instrument combinations.

There will be daily opportunities to play solos with piano accompaniment. Make these as easy and manageable or as challenging as you wish. 

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.

Start time 18.00 on  February 3rd. End Time  11.30 on  February 6th

 

1,2,3,4.
No. of nights3 fully inclusive
Single ensuite/private bathroom679
Daily rate full course£465
Daily rate £185 each day minimum 2 days

Booking Form