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Earls Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk

July 19th – 22nd. Woodwind Clinic 

July 22nd-25th. Flute Ensembles + 1 : 1 Clarinet/Sax

July 25th – 31st. Students’ International Summer School

August 4th – August 8th  Advanced Flute Ensembles or 1 :1 Clarinet/Sax

Hastingleigh, near Wye, Kent

August 23rd -26th. Private Studio 1:1 sessions with Nick

August 27th -30th + 30th – September 3rd. Woodwind Clinic 1; near beginners to Grade 4

Transylvania, Romania

September 20th -26th. Flute, Clarinet + Saxophone Workshops + Ensembles

Lakeside Barns, Adamston, Staffordshire

October 4th -7th  Woodwind Clinic Course : Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone combined

October 7th -11th Flute Workshops and Ensembles with Masterclass 1 : 1  Clarinet

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, Adamston 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 Clarinet/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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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 : 3rd Level : Grades 5 – 8

A third 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


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  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
3 nights
4 nights
August 30th - September 3rd 4 nights
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. 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.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 Airport 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)

 


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

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

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 which gives you time to explore. 

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.

Booking Form Adults

Dracula’s Castle at Bran 

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 Hotel 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

Booking Form Adults


 

Blithfield Lakeside Barns, Adamston, Rugeley, Staffordshire

October 4th – 7th. 3 nights

Staffordshire 1. Woodwind Clinic Course

Intermediate Levels

Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone. Solos, Workshops and Ensembles

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

Stay for 3 or 7 nights

Booking Form Adults

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..

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

Staffordshire 2 : Bespoke* Course

October 7th – 11th  4 nights

 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 carry 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. 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.

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 (7)

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

Single/Twin with Shared bathroom ( 2 )

Clarinets Blithfield Barns, RugeleyStaffordshire 1.
October 4th - 7th
Masterclass Course 3 nights
Staffordshire 2
October 7th - 11th
4 nights. Bespoke
Clarinet Bespoke
Double Course
October 4th - 11th.
7 nights
Workshop and Bespoke
Room TypeStandard Rate
Premium Rate
Bespoke Course
5% reduction
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
5% reduction
Double ensuite (inside room)595 single occupancy
715 with non playing partner
755 single occupancy
895 with non playing partner
5% reduction
Single/Double with personal bathroom next door575 single occupancy
695 with non playing partner
715 single occupancy
875. with non playing partner
5% reduction
Single with shared bathroom545675
Twin share (if share is available)495 per player 6455% reduction
Cheap and Cheerful with shared bathroom455N/A5% reduction

Booking Form Adults

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

Clarinets Blithfield Barns, RugeleyStaffordshire 1.
October 4th - 7th
Masterclass Course 3 nights
Staffordshire 2
October 7th - 11th
4 nights. Bespoke
Clarinet Bespoke
Double Course
October 4th - 11th.
7 nights
Workshop and Bespoke
Room TypeStandard Rate
Premium Rate
Bespoke Course
5% reduction
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
5% reduction
Double ensuite (inside room)595 single occupancy
715 with non playing partner
755 single occupancy
895 with non playing partner
5% reduction
Single/Double with personal bathroom next door575 single occupancy
695 with non playing partner
715 single occupancy
875. with non playing partner
5% reduction
Single with shared bathroom545675
Twin share (if share is available)495 per player 6455% reduction
Cheap and Cheerful with shared bathroom455N/A5% reduction

Booking Form Adults

Local walks, wonderful chocolatier, craft shop, gin den and unique cafe for afternoon tea.

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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
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.

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

Booking Form Adults

. 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.

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 ( 7)

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 Rate5% reduction
Private Cottage - self contained with bathroom, kitchen, living room and bedroom635 single occupancy
755 couple with non playing partner
735 single occupancy
895 couple with non playing partner
5% reduction
Double ensuite (inside room)595 single occupancy
725 with non playing partner
695 single occupancy
855 with non playing partner
5% reduction
Single/Double with personal bathroom next door575 single occupancy
695 with non playing partner
675 single occupancy
835. with non playing partner
5% reduction
Single Room with shared bathroom545 single occupancy645 single occupancy5% reduction
Twin share (if share is available) with shared bathroom495 per player 595 per player5% reduction
Cheap and Cheerful room - one available - with shared bathroom455 single occupancy555 single occupancy5% 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
Single 998998
Single Ensuite11181118
Double Ensuite sharing with non playing partner14981498
Extra Large Room Twin share Ensuite for two players if share is available. 898 per person898 per person

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

July 20th – 23rd  

Suffolk Adults 2

1 :1* Clarinet 

Beginners to Advanced

Individual 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.

Course starts at 17.00 and ends at 11.00

Booking Form Adults


August 2nd – 6th.  

Suffolk Adults 5

1 : 1*  Clarinet – 3 places only

Advanced players Grades 6 – 8+

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

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.

Course starts at 17.00 and ends at 11.00

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

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
Single4955955% reduction
Single ensuite5556755% reduction
Double ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)6757955% reduction
Double ensuite share with playing partner (per room)96510855% 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 17.30 – 18.30.

Evening soiree at 18.30.

Dinner at 19.45

We can be very flexible and change the hours around.