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2019

Retreat to The Cotswolds …..

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The Greyhound Barn, Barnsley, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, UK

4 courses in total

Please scroll down the page for Cost Table and all Prices

 Cotswolds 1    February 8th – 11th : Teachers and Advanced Players

 Cotswolds 2   February 11th – 14th : Beginner to Intermediate Flutes with Julie and Clarinets with Nick

 Cotswolds 3    February 14th – 17th :  Flute Bespoke* with Julie

 Cotswolds 4    February 17th – 21st : Intermediate to Advanced Flutes (stay 4 nights )  course ends at 11.00 on 21st

 Please note that 1 : 1 courses carry a special fee as the teaching is bespoke and specific to your exact needs  – Suits Beginners to Professionals. 2 places only

Course availabillty

Main House accommodation in Greyhound Barn – Luxury and spacious accommodation in two houses within a short stroll of one another :- a beautiful Cotswold, Grade ll listed former hop brewery with all bedrooms ensuite. 2 minutes walk  from the local village pub. Single, Twin and Double rooms : all en suite. Unlimited heating and hot water.

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

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

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 8th – 11th.  3 nights The Cotswolds 1 

Booking Form Adults

Concert Course

with Julie Wright ARCM. LGSM. B. Ed Hons

Flute Teachers and Advanced Level Playing Course.

All Advanced adult flute players welcome. Professional Development Level

Participants must be secure and fluent readers.

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Public concert and supper in the village church on Saturday 9th February.

Coached Ensembles in workshop based sessions and the opportunity to play solos if you wish.

The chance to chat and relax with like-minded others at the same time as giving your own playing a boost. We have over 300 unique arrangements for flute ensembles, many of which are orchestral arrangements – Mahler, Berlioz, Dvorak, Verdi, Vivaldi etc.

Piccolo, Flute, Alto and Bass parts.

Schedule from 9.30 – 12.30 and 4.30 – 7.30 with optional playing after dinner. Time to rehearse with others in between classes and a daily, informal soiree if you wish to perform what you have rehearsed. Start time from 18.00 on 8th February (please take your time if stuck in traffic as we will work into the night). End time 11.00 on 11th February


February 11th – 14th  3 nights  (extend to 6 nights to include Bespoke course )

The Cotswolds 2  

Booking Form Adults

Just Flutes with Julie  from Intermediate to Advanced Levels

Just Clarinets with Nick

Small workshop classes and ensembles with 1: 1 help  

A developmental course with intensive tuition for those wishing to improve quickly within a short space of time. Suits those who feel cautious about joining a larger group and who prefer small numbers. Also benefits those who rarely get the chance for structured tuition. All aspects of your playing will be covered.

Start time 17.00 on 11th February. End Time  11.00 on 14th February


February 14th – 17th.  3 nights or 6 nights extended stay

Bespoke* Course.  3 places only.

It is possible to extend to 6 days to include a 3 day ensemble course. ( Cotswolds 2 + 3 )

The Cotswolds 3  

Booking Form Adults

Julie is offering a specialist  course with just three playing places for maximum intensity.  She will cover all aspects of your playing and will focus on any particular areas that need special attention. (*Please note that these courses carry a special fee because of their bespoke nature). Suits those seeking personal or professional development or simply a general boost. Every player welcome from complete beginner to advanced as the teaching is tailored to suit you and specific to your needs.

Start time 17.00 on 14th February. End Time  11.00 on 17th February


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.

Booking Form Adults

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Intensive help on tone, technique, repertoire, playing tips and tricks, daily exercises and much more!

Coached Ensembles, Full group open classes, 1:1 and group workshop style tuition + relaxed masterclasses

Optional extra 24 hour stay with individual lessons, time to practise, consolidate and discuss.

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

Barnsley Village, Cotswolds. February 2019. FlutesCotswolds 1Cotswolds 2Cotswolds 3Cotswolds 4
No. of nights333 4
Room TypeStandard. £Standard. £Premium. £Standard. £
Single ensuite470470619580
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person379379519489
Double ensuite with non playing partner (per room)625625735769
Double ensuite with 2 players sharing (per room)7587581038978
Day rate (non residential)150150190150
Course rate (non residential)360360495480
“Cheap & cheerful” single (available when full)379379519489
Single in nearby cottage when all main house rooms are booked439439N/AN/A

Booking Form Adults


March 29th – April 1st 

Devon 1  : 3 nights

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April 1st – 5th 

Devon 2 : 4 nights

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2 consecutive courses or extend your stay to 7 nights 

Milton Combe near Lopwell Dam,  Devon.

(3 miles Yelverton. 9 miles Plymouth)

Flute Workshop and Ensemble Sessions

A 3 night workshop and ensemble course for Intermediate players

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

Intermediate Level

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 18.00 on 29th and Course ends at 12.00 on 1st

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

Booking Form Adults

Baristow Marton Devon March/April 2019. FlutesDevon 1Devon 2
No. of nights3 4
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.  

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. 

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 19.30

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

June 10th – 14th  Stay 4 nights

Retreat to the Yorkshire Dales for an intensive few days playing!

Bespoke flute coaching course with Julie Wright : *3 places only for maximum attention

*please note that this course carries a special fee because of the specialist nature or the tuition.

Saxophone ensemble course and workshop sessions with Nicholas Foster. SATB

4 nights – Day visitors welcome – please enquire

Intensive tuition for all levels from beginner to advanced. Suits personal or professional development criteria

Lapsed learners and late starters are our speciality. A useful course for those unable to take regular lessons. The course is very small to give maximum attention with the emphasis on you, the individual player. Don’t worry if this is your first course, we are very sympathetic to your needs and adjust our teaching accordingly

Individually focused on your playing – tone, technique, scales and breathing – repertoire  and duets with tutor – resident pianist – non competitive environment – optional informal performance each evening. Time to practise and consolidate under Julie’s attentive eyes and ears!

Non playing partners always welcome; walk the Dales during the day and join us for meals and soirees. Local walks are easily accessible and the historical town of Settle is just a few minutes away. Travel easily by train to Settle station : no car needed

Start time 18.00 on June 10th. End time   End time 09:30 after breakfast on June 14th 

Giggleswick 2019June 10- 14th
Room TypePremium £
Single685
Single ensuite739
Twin share (if available) per person615
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person654
Double share with non playing partner (per room)810
Double ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)873
Double share with playing partner (per room)1230
Double ensuite share with playing partner (per room)1308
Day rate (non residential)190
Course rate (non residential)580

Booking Form Adults


The Old Rectory, Burford, Shropshire, UK

Course 1 : June 14th – 17th.

Small ensembles and workshop sessions with Julie

Duets, Trios, Quartets and larger mixed ensembles.

Workshop based sessions with plenty of playing to enjoy.

Technique sessions are also included each day.

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

Also

Bespoke Clarinets with Nick

It is also possible for 2 clarinets to join the flute ensembles course.

See Clarinet Course Burford 1b.

Start Time 18.00      End Time 11.00

Stay in this characterful house with fantastic gardens and conservatory

Single, Double or twin accommodation with Full Board 

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

We can collect from Tenbury Wells. 

Course 2 : June 17th – 21st

Flute Bespoke Course with workshop sessions, 1 : 1 help, small ensembles

and a complete makeover of your playing !  2/3 places only 

plus: Just Clarinets and ensemble coaching with Nick  

Start Time 17.00.   End Time 9.30 after breakfast

Stay in this characterful house with fantastic gardens and conservatory

Single, Double or twin accommodation with Full Board 

We can collect from Tenbury Wells. 

Burford 2019Burford 1. EnsemblesBurford 2. Bespoke
June 14 -17thJune 17 - 21st
ROOM TYPEStandard £Premium £
Single439669
Single ensuite489719
Twin share (if available) per person369599
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person399629
Double share with non playing partner (per room)569799
Double ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)629849
Double share with playing partner (per room )738POA
Double ensuite share with playing partner (per room)798POA
Day rate (non residential)150190
Course rate (non residential)340560
Cheap and cheerful (if available)369599

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.

Booking Form Adults

July 22nd – 25th Suffolk Adults 2.

Flute Ensembles/Workshop Course – Intermediate Levels

3 nights or stay 6 nights for courses 1 and 2.

Alto and bass flute players also welcome

Intermediate levels of adult flute ensembles; grades 4 – 8.

Ensemble coaching, tone, technique, repertoire sessions. Late starters and lapsed learners are our speciality

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

Bespoke intensive adult saxophone, all levels. 2 parallel courses

Course starts from 17.00 on 22nd and ends at 11.00 on 25th


July 25th – July 31st

UK International Student Summer Music Camp

Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones and Friends on Oboe, Bassoon, Recorder, Violin and Cello – ages 8 – 18


July 31st – August 4th 

Suffolk Adults 4

4 nights or 8 nights if combined with course 5, which is an advanced ensembles course.

Adult flute Bespoke intensive course. 3 places maximum. Explore the world of flute technique with Julie Wright. Suits beginner to advanced with programme tailored to suit your specific level

Also with Adult saxophone ensemble workshop. 2 parallel courses.

Course starts from 17.00 on 31st and ends at 11.00 on the 4th.

Booking Form Adults

August 4th – 8th  

Suffolk Adults 5

Advanced adult flutes – minimum certified grade 8; diploma and teachers. Secure reading is essential

4 nights or stay 8 nights when combined with course 4  which is a bespoke individual course.

Adult flute ensemble coaching with Julie : ensembles, tone, technique and repertoire sessions.

Parallel Adult clarinet course with Nick : ensembles and bespoke clarinet course.

2 parallel courses.

Course starts at 17.00 on 4th August. Course ends at 11.00 on 8h August

Booking Form Adults

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 Flute Studio with Julie Wright

August 24th, 25th or 26th 

The Ultimate 1 : 1 with just private lessons available 

Book a whole morning or an entire afternoon or as many sessions as you need.

There is a living room/kitchenette area in which you can  make tea/coffee and even do some practice.

Cost : Please enquire for session rates

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

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


Link to course information page

The Trevor Wye Studio Course 2019

August 20th – 27th 

All tuition, classes and sessions at Trevor’s House 

Accommodation situated locally within walking distance.

No car needed

August 20th – 27th , 2019

Hastingleigh, near Ashford, Kent, UK

Link to course information page

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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 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 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

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

Transylvania 1 : September (13th) 14th – 20th    6/7 nights  

It’s a House Party – All levels of  Flutes and Saxophones en Vacances with Partners most welcome.  (2 places left )

Transylvania 2 : September 20th – 26th   6 nights

It’s another House Party – Intermediate to Advanced Flutes and All levels of Clarinets/Saxophones 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. Generally, 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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Eating in Moeciu de Sus :-

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

The local store sells bread, cheese/salami/biscuits/wine/beer/water etc. if you need a picnic lunch. 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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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)

Audio 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, Rugeley, Staffordshire

October 4th – 7th

Staffordshire 1: Flute Masterclass Bespoke* Course 3/4 places only

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

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

Julie is offering a specialist  course with just three/four playing places for maximum intensity. ( 4 if the playing levels are exactly matched) She will cover all aspects of your playing and will focus on any particular areas that need special attention. The classes will be in a Masterclass situation and the focus will be on you when you are playing but the others may observe, listen and learn from the session. Suits those seeking personal or professional development or simply a general boost. Level from Intermediate to advanced and the teaching is 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!

October 7th – 11th 

Staffordshire 2. Intermediate to Advanced Levels

4 nights. 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 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.

 

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.

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/Twin Ensuite rooms in various cottages ( 4 )

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

Flutes Blithfield Barns, RugeleyStaffordshire 1.
October 4th - 7th
Flute Bespoke
Staffordshire 2
October 7th - 11th
Flute Workshop
Room TypePremium Rate
Bespoke Course
Standard Rate
Cottage - self contained with bathroom, kitchen, living room and bedroom675 single occupancy
795 couple with non playing partner
725 single occupancy
885 couple with non playing partner
Double ensuite (inside room)645 single occupancy
765 with non playing partner
685 single occupancy
845 with non playing partner
Single/Double with personal bathroom next door615 single occupancy
735 with non playing partner
645 single occupancy
805. with non playing partner

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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, Solos with piano, Mixed Ensembles, 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

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Retreat to The Cotswolds …..

The Cotswolds 1 November 8th – 11th  3 nights

Woodwind Clinic Level 2  

Workshops, Tips, Tricks and Techniques and the essentials of ensemble playing. Grades 2 -5

This is an adult developmental course and the pace is steady with plenty of opportunity to ask those important questions and to repeat teaching points.

November 11th – 15th   Flute Workshops and Ensemble coaching

Intermediate to Advanced players

A comprehensive group workshop approach covering all aspects of flute playing

Tone, Technique, Articulation, Ensembles,  Performance Style, Confidence and so much more.

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

Full Board – with all meals and Tuition included. Start Time 18.00 on 9th and ends at 11.00 on 12th. Start Time 17.00 on 12th and ends after breakfast on 16th

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

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

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

Barnsley Village is set in the heart of the Cotswolds, three miles from the historic town of Cirencester, on the old Roman route from Cirencester to Oxford. Barnsley’s ancient history dates back to an Iron Age settlement in Barnsley Park. In A.D. 360, a Roman villa was built at the settlement, but by 577, after the capture of Cirencester, a Saxon village called Bearmodeslea (Bearmod’s glade) was established at the site.

The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the ‘Heart of England’. The name Cotswold means ‘sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides”. The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone ‘wool churches’. The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops. Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe.

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Barnsley Village, Cotswolds. November 2018Cotswolds 1Cotswolds 2
Room Type. No. of nights34
Single ensuite495595
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person395495
Double ensuite with non playing partner (per room)635765
Day rate (non residential)150150
Course rate (non residential)360480
“Cheap & cheerful” single (available when full)395495



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