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Hope, Derbyshire

November 4th – 8th. Woodwind Clinic Course : Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone combined

The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

November 11th – 15th  Flute Workshops/Ensembles or Clarinet/Saxophone 1 : 1 

2020  

The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

February 14th – 17th   Advanced Flute Ensembles and Clarinet/Saxophone 1: 1

February 17th – 20th   Just Clarinets with Nick and Masterclass 1: 1 Flute with Julie

February 26th – 27th.  24 hour ‘quick fix’ for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

Lakeside Barns, Admaston Staffordshire

March 27th – 30th – Woodwind Clinic Course : Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone combined.

March 30th – April 3rd Just Clarinets Masterclass Course or Flute Ensembles/ Workshops 

Cabeceiras de Basto, Northern Portugal 

May 7th – 13th  It’s a Musical House Party : Flutes, Clarinets and Saxophones

May 13th – 19th  It’s a  Musical House Party : Flutes, Clarinets and Saxophones

Burford, Shropshire

June 12th -15th Flute Workshops/Ensembles/Masterclass or Clarinet 1 : 1 

June 15th – 19th Just Clarinets Masterclass Course + Workshops/Ensembles or Masterclass Flute 1 : 1

Earls Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk

July 17th – 20th. Woodwind Clinic Course  Intermediate Level : Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone combined.

July 20th-23rd. Intermediate Flute Ensembles + 1 :1 Clarinet/Sax

July 23rd – 29th. Students’ International Summer School

August 2nd – August 6th  Advanced Flute Ensembles or 1 :1 Sax

Hastingleigh, near Wye, Kent

August 18th – 25th.  Private studio 1 : 1 sessions 

August 25th – 28th. Woodwind Clinic 1; near beginners to Grade 4

August 28th – September 1st. Woodwind Clinic 1; near beginners to Grade 4

Sicily, Italy 

September 12th -19th  It’s a Musical House Party : Flutes, Clarinets and Saxophones

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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.

Woodwind Clinic 

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!

Workshops for Tone,Technique, Playing Tips and Tricks.Coached Small and Mixed Ensembles, Solo Masterclasses.

 The solo repertoire classes will be in a Masterclass situation and the focus will be on you when you are playing solos, but the others may observe, listen and learn from the session..

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 second “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
Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone
stay 7 nights
Single ensuite5955% reduction for a double course
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

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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.

November 11th – 15th

Cotswolds 2

1 : 1 Tuition with 3 places only 

Individual  tuition designed with your specific needs in mind.

3 places maximum. 

There is a Flute course with Julie on same dates at the same venue which makes it possible to play in mixed ensembles, too.

 

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 3 places only
Room Type. No. of nights4
Single ensuite695
Day rate (non residential)185


2020

Greyhound Barn,  Barnsley, Gloucestershire

February 17th – 20th, 2020.  3 nights

Cotswolds 2  

 Booking Form Adults

Just Clarinets Masterclass/EnsemblesCourse with Nicholas Foster GRNCM

including  Workshops, Solo Repertoire Sessions and Ensembles

Intermediate Levels

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

Course starts at 17.00 on 17th and ends at 11.00 — on 20th

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

 

February 26th -27th. 1 night

The Cotswolds 5

A 24 hour ‘quick fix’ 

An intensive day of tuition covering all aspects of your playing 

starts at 17.00 and ends at 17.00

Cost £175 all inclusive of accommodation and tuition 

               

Barnsley Village, Cotswolds. February 2020. ClarinetsCotswolds 2
February 17th - 20th
Cotswolds 5
February 26th - 27th
No. of nights31 x 24 hours
Room TypeStandard. £Standard £
Single ensuite495175
Double ensuite with non playing partner (per room)645230
Day rate (non residential)160N/A
Course rate (non residential)370N/A
“Cheap & cheerful” single (available when full)350150

Blithfield Lakeside Barns, Adamston, Rugeley, Staffordshire

March 27th – 30th. 3 nights

Staffordshire 1 : Woodwind Clinic Course 

 

Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone. Solos, Workshops and Ensembles

Intermediate Levels

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

Stay for 3 or 7 nights with 10% reduction

Booking Form Adults

Booking Form Adults

Workshops for Tone,Technique, Playing Tips and Tricks.Coached Small and Mixed Ensembles, Solo Masterclasses.

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!

 The solo repertoire classes will be in a Masterclass situation and the focus will be on you when you are playing solos, but the others may observe, listen and learn from the session

Suits those seeking personal or professional development or simply a general boost. 

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


March 30th – April 3rd  4 nights

Staffordshire 2 : Just Clarinets Masterclass / Ensembles Course 

 including  Workshops, Solo Repertoire Sessions and Ensembles

Intermediate to Advanced Players.  Grade 6 minimum. 

Morning sessions follow the traditional masterclass format: individual solo repertoire and technique discussed and explored with areas of interest addressed as they arise.

Afternoon session will be directed group playing, studying the art of ensemble with attention to tonal, harmonic and dynamic balance.

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. 2 miles from the ancient village of Abotts Bromley. Nearest train station is Rugeley Trent Valley

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

Each cottage has kitchen facilities, living and practice areas and 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.

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

Room availability

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

Double Ensuite rooms in various cottages ( 5)

Double/ Twin Room with own bathroom next door in various cottages ( 2 )

Single/Twin with Shared bathroom ( 2 )

Blithfield Barns, Rugeley. 2020Staffordshire 1.
March 27th - 30th
Woodwind Clinic . 3 nights
Staffordshire 2
March 30th - April 3rd
Masterclass Course. 4 nights
Staffordshire 1 and 2
March 27th - April 3rd
7 nights
Room TypeStandard RateStandard Rate10% reduction
Twin share (if share is available) with shared bathroom445 per player 545 per player10% reduction
Single Room with shared bathroom495 single occupancy595 single occupancy10% reduction
Single/Double with personal bathroom next door525 single occupancy
625 single occupancy
10% reduction
Double ensuite (inside room)545 single occupancy
645 single occupancy
10% reduction
Private Cottage - self contained with bathroom, kitchen, living room and bedroom585 single occupancy685single occupancy10% reduction

Booking Form Adults

Enjoy the local walks, visit the cottage industry chocolatier and the craft drinks shop, plus fabulous afternoon tea cafe.

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Cabeceiras de Basto, Braga District,

Northern Portugal.

Porto Airport 60 minutes drive.

It’s a Musical House Party …. Retreat to this expansive rural villa

May 7th – 13th Portugal 1 6 nights

May 13th – 19th Portugal 2 6 nights

2 consecutive boutique style courses for Flutes, Clarinets and Saxophones. Each set of dates begins at 17.30 and ends at 10.00.

Partners and Friends welcome.

Booking Form Adults

Boutique Workshop Courses

These courses are about what you want to do and what your playing needs from us. We can fix so many issues! Workshop sessions for tone, finger technique, breathing and general tips and tricks. Explore new repertoire and improve performance techniques. Coached small ensembles for mixed or single instrument groups.  The numbers will be kept at 6 – 9 (with 2 tutors) depending on instrument combinations. Small, friendly and welcoming is our signature style.

The weather in May averages 10 hours+ of sunshine per day and temperatures of up to 22/23 degrees. The pool is a pleasant feature but may not be warm enough for a swim.

Nearest airport Is Porto with regular flights from the UK and the villa is a 60 minute drive from there. We can help organise a shared transit depending on flight arrival times.

This late 18th Century Manor House is set in its own spectacular grounds with a natural spring water swimming pool and historical gardens which are famous in the area.

The local region is very good for walking and exploring

Music

There is an antique Broadwood piano for our use in a truly characterful music room which is filled with antiques . We will also 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. 

 

Full Board Accommodation in Single, Double or Twin rooms. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable with many offering a modern ensuite bathroom. There is also a massive twin room with double beds for anyone who would like to share. Towels and bedding are provided and there is ample hot water.

The house has a large dining room, living room and two kitchen areas for our use.

A typical daily schedule :-

Breakfast at 8.45

Playing session from 9.30 – 12.30, 

Make a picnic lunch at 13.00 from our well stocked fridge in the guest kitchenette. and make the most of free time in the afternoon to relax or go for a wander.

Meet again to play at 17.30 (optional)

Evening Performance soiree  at 18.30.

Drinks and Dinner 19.30

 

Small shops and cafes are situated at 1.2 miles. The local market is a weekly Monday feature.

Local visits by car

Casa do Tempo – The House of Time 2 min
Museu Ferroviário Arco de Baúlhe – Railroad Nucleus of the Arco de Baulhe 12 min
Casa da lã – The House of Wool 15 min
Mosteiro – Monastery of S. Miguel de Refojos 2 min
Casa do Pão – The House of Bread 20 min

Booking Form Adults

Portugal 2020Portugal 1
May 6th - 13th
6 nights
Portugal 2
May 13th - 19th
6 nights
Portugal 1 and 2
12 nights
Single 96896815% reduction
Single Ensuite1098109815% reduction
Double Ensuite sharing with non playing partner1448144815% reduction
Extra Large Room Twin share Ensuite for two players if share is available. 868 per person868 per person15% reduction

Burford, Shropshire

June 12th – 19th 2020

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

Course 1.  June 12th – 15th

Clarinet 1 : 1 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 12th.  End Time 11.00 on June 15th

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 12th.  End Time 11.00 on June 15th


Course  2. June 15th – 19th

Just Clarinets Masterclass / Ensembles Course 

 including  Workshops, Solo Repertoire Sessions and Ensembles

Intermediate to Advanced Players.  Grade 6 minimum. 

Morning sessions follow the traditional masterclass format: individual solo repertoire and technique discussed and explored with areas of interest addressed as they arise.

Afternoon session will be directed group playing, studying the art of ensemble with attention to tonal, harmonic and dynamic balance.

Also suits and meets the criteria for Personal Development for Teachers.

Start time 17.00 on June 15th  Ends after breakfast on June 19th

Burford June 2020Burford 1. BespokeBurford 2. Ensembles
June 12th-15thJune 15th- 19th
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 11th 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. 

Booking Form Adults

July 17th – 20th

Suffolk Adults 1 

Woodwind Clinic  Grades 5 – 8

An Intermediate 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.

Course starts at 18.00 on 17th and ends at 11.00 on 20th

Booking Form Adults


 

SuffolkJuly/August2020Double Course
Suffolk 1
Woodwind Clinic Level 2
3 nights.July 17th - 20th5% reduction
Suffolk 23 nights.July 20th - 23rd5% reduction
ROOM TYPE :Standard ratePremium rate**
Single499599
Extra Large twin share with 2 double beds (If share available) per person.439539
Double share with non playing partner. (per room)659POA
Double share with playing partner (per room)878 per roomPOA
Day rate (non residential)150189
Course rate (non residential)350450
“Cheap & cheerful” double sofa bed downstairs (available when all rooms booked)399499
** Bespoke, small ratio, courses
Suffolk 44 nights.July 29th - August 2nd 5% reduction
Suffolk 54 nights.August 2nd - 6th5% reduction
ROOM TYPE :Standard ratePremium rate**
Single599699
Extra large twin share with two double beds (If share available) per person539639
Double share with non playing partner (per room)759879
Double share with playing partner (per room)1078 per roomPOA
Day rate (non residential)150189
Course rate (non residential)450550
“Cheap & cheerful” double sofa bed downstairs in a sitting room - (available when all rooms booked)499599
** bespoke, small ratio courses
 

Booking Form Adults

 


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

Private Studio Sessions with Nick

 60, 90 120 minute sessions 

non residential but local B and B available. 

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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.

Hastingleigh 1 :  August 25th – 28th  :  3 nights

Hastingleigh 2 : August 28th  – September 1st  :  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 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 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 18.30

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 1 begins at 18.00 and ends at 11.00

Hastingleigh 2 begins at 17.00 and ends after breakfast on September 1st 

Hastingleigh 2020
3 nights
August 25th - 28th
3 nights
4 nights
August 28th - September 1st 4 nights
7 nights special offer
Single4995995% reduction
Single ensuite5596795% reduction
Double ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)6797995% reduction
Double ensuite share with playing partner (per room)96910895% reduction
Day rate (non residential)165165
Course rate (non residential)3604605% reduction

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“To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, Sicily is the clue to everything.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Italian Journey 1787

Sicily 1

September 12th – 19th 

 Lascari/Collesano, Sicily, Italy

It’s a Musical House Party for Saxophones, Flutes and Clarinets.

Workshop groups with clinic style sessions covering all aspects of your playing and coached mixed large or small generic ensembles.

Intermediate Grades 4 – 8

Players, Partners and Friends welcome 

Join us at this split level villa on the edge of the Madonie National Regional Park with its spectacular views from every terrace. The house is spacious with 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 kitchenettes and plenty of space in which to rehearse. Every room has terrace access and is decorated in traditional Sicilian style. Choose from ensuite or Single/Twin non ensuite accommodation. We are offering half board catering (with creative menus ) included in the price and there is a kitchenette area available for your use for making a picnic lunch or coffee/teas. 

Nearest airport Palermo   1.10 with major carriers flying direct 

Palermo city 1 hour

Getting around  :- We recommend hiring a car or sharing in a rental with others. 

Nearby – Lascari 1 mile (Lascari station used in film set of ‘Cinema Paradiso’ 

Collesano 3 miles.  :  Castle of Roccella 2.2 miles. :  Nearest Beach 2 miles

Acqua Verde 3 miles. :  Cefalu. 6 miles

Nearest restaurant 400 metres or in Collesano/Lascari

Supermarkets in Collesano/Lascari.

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 18.30 – 19.30.

Evening soiree at 19.30.

Dinner at 20.00

We can be very flexible and change the hours around.

One free day to sightsee midweek. Return to play in the evening 

 

                                  

Sicily 1
September 12th - 19th
7 nights
  
Twin with 3 shared bathrooms available in the villa 920 per player
1340 Double Occupancy ( player + partner )
1 unit
Double with 3 shared bathrooms available in the villa990 Single Occupancy
1340 Double Occupancy (player + partner)
4 units
Double Ensuite with bathroom inside room.1190 Single Occupancy
1540 Double Occupancy (player + partner)
2 units
Sicily 2
September 19th - 26th
7 nights
2 antique interconnecting double rooms with bathroom next door and access to kitchenette and terrace 960 per room2 units
Antique Twin with bathroom nearby and access to kitchenette and terrace. 920 per player1 unit
Antique Single/Double room with bathroom nearby and access to kitchenette and terrace. 1090 per player 1 unit
Deluxe double antique bedroom with bathroom next door + access to kitchenette and terrace 1090 per player 1 unit
Deluxe double antique bedroom with ensuite bathroom with access to kitchenette and terrace 1190 single occupancy1 unit
Antique mezzanine private apartment with bathroom, kitchenette and 2 split level beds 990 per player with 2 sharing or 1590 per couple with one player and partner 1 unit
Deluxe antique private apartment with double bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and outside space.1590 per couple with one player and partner 3 units