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Clarinet Courses 2019

with Nicholas Foster GRNCM

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Retreat to The Cotswolds

 February 2019

Greyhound Barn,  Barnsley, Gloucestershire

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

 

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.

February 11th – 14th, 2019.  3 nights

Cotswolds 2   Booking Form Adults

Just Clarinets with Nicholas Foster GRNCM

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

Course starts at 17.00 on 11th and ends at 11.00 — on 14th

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


February 17th – 21st 4 nights  (ends at 11.00)

The Cotswolds 4  

Julie and Nick’s ” Woodwind Clinic”

from near beginners to grade 4. Partners welcome.

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 help with 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 begins at 17.00 and ends at 11.00

Booking Form Adults

Barnsley Village, Cotswolds. February 2019. ClarinetsCotswolds 2
February 11th - 14th
Cotswolds 4
February 17th - 21st
No. of nights34
Room TypeStandard. £Standard £
Single ensuite470580
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person379489
Double ensuite with non playing partner (per room)625769
Double ensuite with 2 players sharing (per room)758978
Day rate (non residential)150150
Course rate (non residential)360480
“Cheap & cheerful” single (available when full)379489
Single in nearby cottage when all main house rooms are booked439N/A


Milton Combe near Lopwell Dam,  Devon.

(3 miles Yelverton 9 miles Plymouth )

March 29th – April 1st

Devon 1 : 3 nights 

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April 1st – 5th

Devon 2 : 4 nights

or combine both courses and stay for 7 nights

A 3, 4 or 7  night workshop and ensemble course for Intermediate  – Advanced players.

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

Duets with a tutor, piano accompaniment

Intermediate to Advanced.   (minimum ABRSM grade 4 suggested)

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

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

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 1 starts at 17.00 on 29th and Course ends after breakfast on 1st

Booking Form Adults

Maristow Barton April 2019
Clarinets
Devon 1 March 29th - April 1stDevon 2 April 1st - 5th
No. of nights34
Room Type ££
Single ensuite470580
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person379489
Double ensuite with non playing partner (per room)625769
Double ensuite with 2 players sharing (per room)758978
Day rate (non residential)150150
Course rate (non residential)360480


Mokosica, Dubrovnik, Croatia

May 10th – 14th 

May 14th – 18th 

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.

These courses are about what you want to do and what your playing needs from us. Workshop sessions for tone, finger technique, breathing and general tips and tricks. Coached small ensembles for mixed or single instrument groups.  The numbers will be kept at 5 – 8 (with 2 tutors) depending on instrument combinations. We will have the keyboard with us and so there will be daily opportunities to play solos with piano accompaniment. Make these as easy and manageable or as challenging as you wish. 

Play all morning, take lunch out in Dubrovnik or locally to the house, with some sightseeing and then optional play again from 17.30 to 1930

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.

Booking Form Adults

MokosicaMokosica 1
May 10th - 4th
4 nights
Mokosica 2
May 14th - 18th
4 nights
Mokosica 1 and 2
May 10th - 18th
4 nights
Room TypeHalf Board in £Half Board in £Half Board in £
special rate for extended stay.
Luxury Single ensuite7457451395
Luxury Double ensuite with non playing partner ( per room )9859851795
Twin share ensuite ( if share is available ) per person.5955951100
Single with shared bathroom (limited availability)6656651195
"cheap and cheerful" sofa bed with shared bathroom ( one available )585585N/A


The Old Rectory, Burford, Shropshire

June 14th – 21st

2 consecutive courses …. stay for 3 or 4 nights or 7 nights and combine courses

Course 1.  June 14th – 17th

Clarinet Bespoke Course FULL

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

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

Single, Twin and Double rooms available – some ensuite

Additional ensuite accommodation (4.5 miles by car) is available if the main house fills.

We can collect you from Tenbury Wells

Start time 18.00 on June 14th.  End Time 11.00 on June 17th

Course 1b. Mixed ensembles and workshop based duet/trio sessions.

Join the Flutes for mixed ensemble sessions and technique workshops.

Intensive tuition with Julie. 1/2 places available.

This course is intended for those who need playing and ensemble experience. A reasonable level of reading fluency is required. Minimum Grade 5 ABRSM is suggested.

Single, Twin and Double rooms available – some ensuite

Additional ensuite accommodation (4.5 miles by car) is available if the main house fills.

We can collect you from Tenbury Wells

Start time 18.00 on June 14th.  End Time 11.00 on June 17th


Course  2. June 17th – 21st

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

Intermediate to Advanced.   (minimum ABRSM grade 5 suggested)

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

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

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

Start time 17.00 on June 17th  Ends after breakfast on June 21st

Burford June 2019Burford 1. BespokeBurford 2. Ensembles
June 14 -17thJune 17 - 21st
ROOM TYPEPremium £Standard £
Single569539
Single ensuite619589
Twin share (if available) per person499469
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person520490
Double share with non playing partner (per room)699669
Double ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)749729
Double share with playing partner (per room )POA930
Double ensuite share with playing partner (per room)POA980
Day rate (non residential)190150
Course rate (non residential)440440
Cheap and Cheerful (if available)499469

Booking Form Adults


Earls Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk, UK. IP30 OJD

Our favourite summer retreat and the 10th 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 ensuites at this venue but bathrooms very near to the bedrooms. Accommodation ranges from private double or single, very large twin share or a downstairs room with single bed. Please link to see cost of each type.

Booking Form Adults

July 19th – 22nd Suffolk 1 

Woodwind Clinic : 2nd Level : Grades 4 – 8

A second 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 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.

 

July 22nd – 25th   Suffolk 2

Bespoke Clarinet 

Beginners to Advanced

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

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

Intensive tuition under Nick’s watchful eyes and “ears” with just 3 places available.

This course is individually tailored to your needs and is particularly suited to those who do not have time for regular lessons.

Suits those wanting personal or professional development.

Booking Form Adults


August 4th – 8th.  Suffolk 5

Bespoke Clarinet

Advanced players Grades 6 – 8+

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

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

SuffolkJuly2019
Suffolk 1
Woodwind Clinic Level 2
3 nights.July 19th - 22nd
Suffolk 23 nights.July 22nd - 25th
ROOM TYPE :Standard ratePremium rate**
Single499599
Extra Large twin share with 2 double beds (If share available) per person.399499
Double share with non playing partner. (per room)655755
Double share with playing partner (per room)790890
Day rate (non residential)150189
Course rate (non residential)350450
“Cheap & cheerful” single bed downstairs (available when all rooms booked)399499
** Bespoke, small ratio, courses
Suffolk 44 nights.July 31st - August 4th
Suffolk 54 nights.August 4th - 8th
ROOM TYPE :Standard ratePremium rate**
Single599699
Extra large twin share with two double beds (If share available) per person499599
Double share with non playing partner (per room)755POA
Double share with playing partner (per room)998POA
Day rate (non residential)150189
Course rate (non residential)450550
“Cheap & cheerful” single bed downstairs in a sitting room - (available when all rooms booked)499599
** bespoke, small ratio courses
 

Booking Form Adults

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The Old Sawmill and Stables, Hastingleigh, nr Wye, Ashford, Kent, UK

Private Studio with Nicholas Foster

August 24th, 25th or 26th 

The Ultimate 1 : 1 with just private lessons available 

Cost : Please enquire for session rates

Stay overnight at a local, recommended, B and B if you wish to extend the sessions across 2 days.

We can collect you from Wye station – Fast train from London via Ashford

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The Old Sawmill and Stables, Hastingleigh, nr 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 27th – 30th  :  3 nights

August 30th – September 3rd  :  4 nights  

Combine dates and stay for a double course  :  7 nights

7 – 8 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 help with everything!

The numbers will be kept at 7 – 8 (with 2 tutors) depending on instrument combinations. We will have the keyboard with us and so 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.

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 18.30

Evening Soiree 18.45; Dinner 19.30 

“Many thanks for last weeks’ Clinic 1, 4-day course. You put a huge amount of effort and hard work into making it happen and it really came together so well, with such a variety of exercises too. Without doubt you are both first rate musicians and your wonderful recitals made the end of the day a fabulous cooling off period for me – as well as something to aspire to!”  PT August 2018

 

Hastingleigh 2019
3 nights
August 27th - 30th
4 nights
August 27th - September 3rd
7 nights special offer
Single475575£945
Single ensuite535655£1071
Double share with non playing partner (per room)565695£1134
Double ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)625775£1260
Double share with playing partner (per room)790990£1602
Double ensuite share with playing partner (per room)8701070£1746
Day rate (non residential)165165
Course rate (non residential)360460£738


Moeciu de Sus, near Bran (12 km), Transylvania, Romania

September (13th) 14th – 20th    6/7 nights  

It’s a House Party – All levels of  Flutes and Saxophones en Vacances with Partners most welcome. 

September 20th – 26th   6 nights

It’s another House Party – Intermediate to Advanced Flutes and All levels of Clarinets en Vacances with Partners most welcome 

Stay longer, if you wish, and Friends/Partners are always welcome

Location : The village of Moeciu de Sus lies at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, in the Brasov County (Brasov 35 km), just where the Bucegi National Park begins.  Fresh air and stunning mountain scenery with Dracula’s Bran Castle just 12 km away.  Visit Bran, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sinaia or Predeal  whilst enjoying the quietness of a mountain village.
The large wooden chalet offers comfort, natural authenticity and calm. It is scenically located in the middle of the village with a small fresh food and provisions shop and several cafes/eateries nearby.

6 further ensuite rooms are available in a traditional house just a few metres walk away from the main house.

Airport  : Fly to Bucharest or Cluj with BA, Ryanair, Wizzair, BlueAir or Tarom direct or Lufthansa/Austrian with one stop. Book well in advance for the best prices.

Hire a car – Car hire is readily available at the airport – we would suggest one of the well known names such as Sixt or Budget. There are a few ridiculously cheap options ( eg. Klass wagon )  at 5 GBP per day but they make their money on each tiny scratch or that minuscule windscreen chip. Car hire is very inexpensive at £68-£130 for 6/7 days including unlimited mileage, with several rental companies including a free additional driver – the route offers a stunningly beautiful drive of 3 hours and 10 minutes passing through country towns where you can stop and take a rest or even shop for local wines, beers and treats. We suggest, from experience, that you do this drive in daylight. The route  is not difficult to follow and very scenic. We suggest a coffee stop in Pârâul Rece, at the top of the Prahova Valley. This is the highest town in Romania. Sinaia has a beautiful palace and Busteni/Campina have shops and bars.

Shared transits – We can arrange meet and greet taxi at shared cost from the Airport to the Chalet. This will be fixed at a set time (to suit the majority) from the Airporot or please hire a car and share the cost between several people. Another possibility is the train from Bucharest to Busteni and then taxi to the village.

Local Taxi (bookable by phone) – Moeciu de Sus to Bran 12 euros each way. 12 km

Currency is the Lei ( approx 5 to GBP ) but euros are sometimes requested in tourist situations.

There is an ATM as you exit arrivals at the airport – opposite the florist’s shop. Also several in Bran and Brasov. Surprisingly, the tiny, local convenience store in Moeciu de Sus has a card reader if you need to use a card as payment.

Things to do :-

Local guided tours and mountain trails can be arranged at a reasonable rate – please ask and we will organise this for you. 15 euros per person for a half day guided cultural experience and forest trek with our English speaking host. Look at farming methods and how the locals live and discover the history of the area.

Unique visit ( free ) to a local photographer’s studio hut and camera museum! This is originality at its best.

Endless local trails and walks in the Bucegi Natural Park

Bicycle hire

Cheese and wine tasting 

Bear Sanctuary (mornings only)

Bran/Brasov

Sinaia (best done en route)

The Local Church 

Meet our Hosts 

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Amusing Moments


Eating in Moeciu de Sus :-

Highly recommended 4 star local restaurant for lunch and drinks with outside garden. Vlahia Inn, Bar and Restaurant – Discover the tastes of Transylvania – we personally recommend for Romanian menu, quality, ambience and price. Open daily and a buffet lunch is often available.

The local store sells bread and bits of cheese/salami/biscuits/wine/beer/water etc. if you need a picnic lunch. She opens daily, but closes each afternoon for a few hours.

Coffee – next to both houses – one table, one umbrella and just two chairs, but great coffee!

Pizza restaurant and meat grill – open at week ends and occasional week days

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We can offer a choice of traditional chalet accommodation :-

Please remember that we are in rural and very rustic Romania

5 Double or single ensuite in the wooden chalet

2 singles with shared bathroom

6 Additional ensuite rooms (some with traditional wooden balconies) are also available in a rustic chalet, within easy 300 metres walking distance. Small kitchen and fridge also in this house.

Small/MediumTowels and Bed Linen are provided, but you may wish to pack a larger towel.

Half Board catering – Breakfast and Evening Meal with local produce on the menu. Lunch is not included so take it out in a local town or create a picnic from what the village store has to offer.

Wifi : free in the Chalet and also in our additional accommodation

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en route


Visit the market and wander the winding streets of Bran :- fruit, cheese, cured meats and Souvenirs.


or just relax with a book and the view ….you are en Vacances !

Course begins in the early evening of 14th/20th

Course ends after breakfast on 20th/26th

Extra night

Arrive after 17.00 on 13th if you wish to book an extra night to relax, settle in and enjoy the area. No playing until 14th at 18.00

Transits will be arranged accordingly.

Schedule :

Breakfast at 8.45

Play all morning from 9.30 – 12.30,

Free afternoon : Take lunch out and go sightseeing/walking in the area.

Optional playing again from 17.30 – 18.30.

Evening soiree at 18.30.

Dinner at 19.45

We can be very flexible and change the hours around.

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Dracula’s Castle at Bran – spot Vlad ….!

Dracula exists in the imagination – Bran castle is a reality, with strong British Historical background, too. We found the visit fascinating and informative. 

Go wild and merge the two, with a visit to Bran Castle 

Open daily 

Tickets 40 Lei ( concessions aged 65+  reduced rate)

Audi Guide 10 Lei ( recommended ) – all pre bookable online.

Bran Castle Website 

Taxi approximately 12 euros from Moeciu de Sus  to Bran single trip – possible to share between 3 or 4 people

Park outside the castle for 4 Lei per hour.

Please note that there are a lot of steps.


Bucharest : Stay for an early or additional day. We can suggest some central hotels which are highly recommended and at a good price.

transits from airport to Bucharest city centre ( 17km ) 10 euros pre bookable taxi or by machine at airport.  Please ask your accommodation to fix. This is the norm.

7 lei return on local bus stopping at universitait – 350 metres away from accommodation below.

Hotel Capitol – fantastic 4 star Hoel in zone 1 central location metres from old city and an easy taxi ride from the airport.

Orchid Appartments near to Hotel Capitol   Deluxe two bedroom apartment with kitchen and bathroom.  4.9/5 star rating. Two more apartments also available nearby. Please ask.

Try the Big Red Bus City Trip at 25 Lei ( £5) for a 24 hour ticket and see Bucharest’s main sights.

Try to peep into the Old Russian Church ( near the University and the accommodation above )

Eat Romanian style soup and home made bread with plum brandy at Ciorbarie

For city taxis, download the app “Clever Taxi” and pay in Lei cash. Guaranteed meter rate and very cheap. The same Taxis flagged down on the street will not use the meter and create a tourist price. Uber also works in Bucharest.

Transylvania 2019 
ROOM TYPE6 nightsextra night B + B (no tuition)
September 13th for Course 1
Course 2 has no extra night possibility.
Single 86555
Single ensuite92565
Double/twin share with another player (per person)76535
Double/twin ensuite share with another player (per person)82545
Double share with non playing partner. (per room)112570
Double ensuite share with non playing partner. (per room)127585

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Blithfield Lakeside Barns, Adamston, Rugely, Staffordshire

October 4th – 7th. 3 nights

Staffordshire 1. Intermediate To Advanced Levels

,. An Intensive Workshop Course to improve all aspects of your playing

5/6 places only

A  workshop based course including tone, technique, breathing, articulation and intonation.  Small, workshop based, 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 to Advanced levels of player. The numbers are kept small 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.

 

October 7th – 11th  4 nights

Staffordshire 2: Clarinet Masterclass Bespoke* Course 3/4 places only

(4 maximum, but only if the levels are exactly matching)

Intensive, bespoke tuition under Nick’s watchful eyes and “ears”.

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

Nick is offering a specialist course with just three/four playing places for maximum intensity. He will cover all aspects of your playing and will focus on any particular areas that need special attention. Sessions will be in a masterclass situation. The focus will be on you, when you are playing, but the other participants may observe and learn from the session too. Suits those seeking personal or professional development or simply a general boost. The Level is Intermediate to Advanced and tailored to suit you and specific to your needs. This course is particularly suited to those who do not have time for regular lessons and are in need of some extra practice!

These beautiful Holiday Cottages are converted barns on the edge of Blithfield Reservoir, a 750 acre lake in the heart of the lovely Staffordshire countryside. They are 2 miles from the ancient village of Abotts Bromley, Nearest train station would be Rugeley Trent Valley.

The accommodation is in a series of 6 adjoining cottages in a rural, lakeside setting.

The cottages vary in size and accommodation but all have been converted and furnished to the same excellent standard with a 4 star rating. They all have full Gas Central Heating.
Each cottage has a private patio overlooking the reservoir along with communal lawns.  There are Flat screen TV’s with free view and DVD/CD players in each.

Each cottage has kitchen facilities, living and practice areas.

The cottages vary in size and accommodation but all have been converted and furnished to the same excellent standard which has led them being awarded 4 stars by “Visit Britain”.

Room availability

Private self contained Cottage with double bedroom, open plan living and kitchen area and bathroom. ( 1 )

Double/Twin Ensuite rooms in various cottages ( 4 )

Double/ Twin Room with own bathroom next door  in various cottages ( 5 )

Clarinets Blithfield Barns, RugeleyStaffordshire 1.
October 4th - 7th
Clarinet Workshop
Staffordshire 2
October 7th - 11th
Clarinet Bespoke
Room TypeStandard Rate
Premium Rate
Bespoke Course
Cottage - self contained with bathroom, kitchen, living room and bedroom625 single occupancy
745 couple with non playing partner
785 single occupancy
945 couple with non playing partner
Double ensuite (inside room)585 single occupancy
725with non playing partner
745 single occupancy
905 with non playing partner
Single/Double with personal bathroom next door555 single occupancy
695 with non playing partner
705 single occupancy
865. with non playing partner


Hope, Derbyshire

November 4th – 8th

Hope 2 : 4 nights

Travel by train – We can collect from Hope Station – main Sheffield to Manchester line 

A Cocktail Course …!

A ‘blend’ of all the best things that we offer – suits those who would like to experience a ‘mix’ of everything.

Small Ensembles, Mixed Ensembles, Solos with piano, 1 : 1 help and Duets/Trios with a Tutor.

Tips, Tricks  and Techniques to improve all aspects of playing. 

Intermediate Levels

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 20194 nights Course 2
November 4th - 8th
Single ensuite595
Twin share ensuite (If share available) per person.495
Double ensuite share with non playing partner. (per room)765
Day rate (non residential)150
Half Day rate 75
Course rate (non residential)445

]Booking Form Adults


Retreat to The Cotswolds……

November  11th – 15th  2019

Greyhound Barn,  Barnsley, Gloucestershire

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

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.

November 11th – 15th 

Cotswolds 2

Bespoke : Just Clarinets with Nick

Bespoke 1 : 1 help, Workshop Masterclass Sessions and Duets with Nick for all levels of Intermediate  Adult clarinet player.

Course starts at 17.00 on 11th and ends after breakfast on 15th 

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

Booking Form Adults

Barnsley Village, Cotswolds. November 2019Cotswolds 2
Bespoke Premium rate course with 2 places only
Room Type. No. of nights4
Single ensuite695
Day rate (non residential)185