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Hastingleigh, near Wye, Kent

August 20-27th Trevor Wye International Flute Studio

August 20th – 27th Private Studio 1 :1 sessions with Julie

August 24th -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 13th -20th. Flute or Saxophone Ensembles and Workshops

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

Lakeside Barns, Adamston, Staffordshire

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

Hope, Derbyshire

November 1st – 4th Saxophone Ensembles SATB

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

The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

November 8th -11th   Flute Workshop/Ensembles or Simply Saxophones.

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

2020   

The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

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

February 20th – 23rd   Intermediate to Advanced Saxophone Workshops/Ensembles SATB with Nick 

February 23rd – 26th   Flute Workshops/Ensembles and Simply Saxophones 

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.

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

Giggleswick, near Settle, Yorkshire Dales

June 8th -12th Saxophone Ensembles SATB

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

July 29th – August 2nd 1 :1 Flute or Advanced Sax Ensembles

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

September 19th – 26th  Saxophone Ensembles SATB or Advanced Flute Ensembles

Booking Form Adults

 

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

Private Studio with Nicholas Foster

August 26th, 25th or 24th 

The Ultimate 1 : 1 with just private studio lessons available 

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

There is a living room/kitchenette area for tea/coffee and even do some practice.   

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

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

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

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

September 20th – 26th.  6 nights

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

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

Location : The village of Moeciu de Sus lies at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, in the Brasov County (Brasov 35 km), just where the Bucegi National Park begins. Fresh air and stunning mountain scenery with Dracula’s Bran Castle just 12 km away.  Visit Bran, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sinaia or Predeal  whilst enjoying the quietness of a mountain village. The large wooden chalet offers comfort, natural authenticity and calm. It is scenically located in the middle of the village with a small fresh food and provisions shop and several cafes/eateries nearby. 6 further ensuite rooms are available in a traditional house just a few metres walk away from the main house.

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

Hire a car – Car hire is readily available at the airport – we would suggest one of the well known names such as Sixt or Budget. There are a few ridiculously cheap options (eg. Klass wagon )  at 5 GBP per day but they make their money on each tiny scratch or that minuscule windscreen chip. Car hire is very inexpensive at £68-£130 for 6/7 days including unlimited mileage, with several rental companies including a free additional driver – the route offers a stunningly beautiful drive of 3 hours and 25 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 

Rescued 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 it 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

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

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

Open daily 

Tickets 40 Lei (concessions aged 65+  reduced rate)

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

Bran Castle Website 

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

Park outside the castle for 4 Lei per hour. Please note that there are a lot of steps!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blithfield Lakeside Barns, Adamston, Rugeley, Staffordshire

Staffordshire 1: Woodwind Clinic Course 

October 4th – 7th. 3 nights 

Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone

Solos, Workshops and Ensembles

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

Stay for 3 nights

Booking Form Adults

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

Both Julie and Nick are quick to analyse and diagnose which makes for rapid trouble shooting, problem solving and smooth progress.

Workshop style sessions, 1 : 1 help, ensemble coaching  with parts written to suit your individual level and demonstration classes focusing on the basic elements of each instrument, practice structure and techniques, performance styles and how to gain confidence/nerve removal…….we cover everything!

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

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

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

JC Devon, March 2019

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 )

Saxophones Blithfield Barns, RugeleyStaffordshire 1.
October 4th - 7th
Masterclass Course. 3 nights
Room TypeStandard Rate
Private Cottage - self contained with bathroom, kitchen, living room and bedroom625 single occupancy
745 couple with non playing partner
Double ensuite (inside room)595 single occupancy
715 with non playing partner
Single/Double with personal bathroom next door575 single occupancy
695 with non playing partner
Single Room with shared bathroom545 single occupancy
Twin share (if share is available) with shared bathroom495 per player
Cheap and Cheerful room - one available - with shared bathroom455 single occupancy

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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Intermediate to Advanced Saxophones

The Poachers Arms, Hope, Derbyshire

November 1st  – 4th.  

Hope 1 : 3 nights 

or extend and stay for 7 nights with Hope 2 

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

Saxophone Ensemble Coaching

for Intermediate to Advanced Levels – SATB

(we suggest ABRSM grade 5 – 8+ or equivalent)

Hope, Derbyshire
2018
3 nights.
ROOM TYPE :Standard rate
Single ensuite495
Twin share ensuite (If share available) per person.395
Double ensuite share with non playing partner. (per room)635
Day rate (non residential)150
Half day rate non residential 75
Course rate (non residential)345


November 4th – 8th

Hope 2 : 4 nights

or extend and stay for 7 nights with Hope 1 

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

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

Both Julie and Nick are quick to analyse and diagnose which makes for rapid trouble shooting, problem solving and smooth progress.

Workshop style sessions, 1 : 1 help, ensemble coaching  with parts written to suit your individual level and demonstration classes focusing on the basic elements of each instrument, practice structure and techniques, performance styles and how to gain confidence/nerve removal…….we cover everything!

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

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 “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 …..

November 8th – 11th  

stay 3 or7 nights 

Simply Saxophones Masterclass Course with Workshops and Ensembles

Tuition Workshops, Tips, Tricks and Techniques and the essentials of ensemble playing

Intermediate Levels

An Adult Development Course.

Don’t worry if this is your first course experience as we are completely sympathetic and understanding of your needs.

A comprehensive group workshop approach covering all aspects of saxophone playing.

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

November 11th – 15th 

Saxophone Bespoke* : Any Level 

Bespoke course for intensive individual tuition * (please note premium fee applies)  

A 3 night, highly specific course with individual attention throughout  Suitable for players looking for a firm grounding in technique and reading skills as well as more advanced players wanting to improve specific areas of technique and musicianship. .

Only 3 places available for sax/clarinet. (Parallel flute ensemble course at same time)

Individual lessons, attention to tone, technique, scales, breathing, performing, repertoire, duets, work with a resident pianist and all in a non competitive environment. Come and have a holiday combined with an intensive yet relaxed learning experience. The numbers will be small to give maximum attention. Don’t worry if this is your first experience on a course as we are completely sympathetic to your needs and feelings.

Adults only. Late starters and lapsed learners are our speciality.

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

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 on12th and ends after breakfast on16th 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.

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Barnsley Village, Cotswolds. November 2019Cotswolds 1Cotswolds 2
Room Type. No. of nights34
Single ensuite495695
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person395
Double ensuite with non playing partner (per room)635
Double ensuite with 2 players sharing (per room)758
Day rate (non residential)150
Course rate (non residential)360
“Cheap & cheerful” single (available when full)395

Booking Form Adults

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2020

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February 14th – 17th, 2020.  3 nights

The Cotswolds 1 

Booking Form Adults

Saxophone Bespoke course with Nick.

This course is tailored completely to suit your specific needs. 2 places only.

February 20th  – 23rd, 2020.  3 nights

The Cotswolds 3

Booking Form Adults

Cotswolds 3. Adult saxophone ensemble course,  Intermediate to Advanced players of grade 5 to 8+ (SATB)

Suitable for those who are fluent readers and who wish to improve their playing through ensembles and group classes.

small groups – individual lessons – tone, technique, scales – rhythm  and counting – breathing – sight-reading

repertoire – pianist available – non competitive environment – ensemble parts written to suit – informal evening soiree

A fairly fluent reading ability is required. Please ask if unsure – we don’t expect you to be perfect in any way!

Course starts at 17.00 on 20th and ends at 11.00 on 23rd

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

February 23rd – 26th/27th, 3/4 nights

The Cotswolds 4

Simply Saxophones Masterclass Course with Workshops and Ensembles

Tuition Workshops, Tips, Tricks and Techniques and the essentials of ensemble playing

Intermediate Levels

An Adult Development Course.

Don’t worry if this is your first course experience as we are completely sympathetic and understanding of your needs.

A comprehensive group workshop approach covering all aspects of saxophone playing.

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

 

Booking Form Adults

Start time 17.00 on 23rd February. End time 11.00 on 26th February

February 26th – 27th 

The Cotswolds 5 

A 24 hour ‘quick fix’ to help in every aspect of your playing.

17.00 – 17.00

Booking Form Adults

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Barnsley Village, Cotswolds. February 2020.Cotswolds 1
February 14th - 17th
Cotswolds 3
February 20th - 23rd
Cotswolds 4
February 23rd - 26th
Cotswolds 5
February 26th - 27th
No. of nights33 324 hours
Room TypePremium. £Standard. £Standard. £
Single ensuite635495495175
Double ensuite with non playing partner (per room)735645645230
Course rate (non residential)495360480N/A
“Cheap & cheerful” single (available when full)520350350150


Blithfield Lakeside Barns, Adamston, Rugeley, Staffordshire

March 27th – 30th. 3 nights

Staffordshire 1 : Woodwind Clinic Course

Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone

Solos, Workshops and Ensembles

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

Booking Form Adults

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

Both Julie and Nick are quick to analyse and diagnose which makes for rapid trouble shooting, problem solving and smooth progress.

Workshop style sessions, 1 : 1 help, ensemble coaching  with parts written to suit your individual level and demonstration classes focusing on the basic elements of each instrument, practice structure and techniques, performance styles and how to gain confidence/nerve removal…….we cover everything!

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

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

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

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 )

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

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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.

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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

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

100 years of History

June 8th – 12th, 2020.   4 nights 

“Simply Saxophones”

Intermediate to Advanced Grades  5 – 8+

An ensemble workshop course that moves at a faster pace and where relatively fluent reading is required. Interpretation, style, ensemble techniques and a good level of performance are the aims. Retreat to the Yorkshire dales and stay in a former gentleman’s residence within walking distance of Giggleswick and Settle. An intensive practical music course with Nicholas Foster. Workshop group tuition for SATB, Ensemble coaching and individual advice offered.

Stay 4 nights with Day Visitors and non playing partners very welcome to stay and enjoy the local countryside, join the group for all meals and informal concerts.

Players of all saxophone voices are welcome and the course suits teachers looking to fulfill Personal Development criteria. The emphasis is on you the individual player and it’s your progress that matters. Suits those wishing to improve within a short time and those unable to take regular lessons.

Come and have a holiday combined with an intensive yet relaxed learning experience. The numbers will be small to give maximum attention. Don’t worry if this is your first experience on a course as we are completely sympathetic to your needs and feelings. Ensemble coaching, Individual help, attention to tone, technique, scales, breathing, performing, repertoire, duets, work with a resident pianist and all in a non competitive environment.

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

Full board: breakfast, lunch. evening meal – all home cooking.

Timings: starts at 18:00 on June 8th and ends after breakfast on June 12th

Address: Woodlands, The Mains, Giggleswick, Settle, N. Yorkshire. BD24 0AX

The SatNav and postcode takes you half way up the The Mains – Woodlands is the last house at the end of the road.

Train: arrive at Settle station and the house is a 15 minute walk.

Booking Form Adults

 

Giggleswick 20204 nights
Room TypeStandard £
Single535
Single ensuite599
Twin share (if available) per person469
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person499
Double share with non playing partner (per room)699
Double ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)759
Double share with playing partner (per room)938
Double ensuite share with playing partner (per room)998
Day rate (non residential)160
Course rate (non residential)460


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 : 3rd Level : Grades 3 – 7 

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!

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

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 18.00 and ends at 11.00


July 20th – 23rd.

Suffolk Adults 2

Bespoke course for intensive individual tuition * (please note premium fee applies)

A 3 night, highly specific course with individual attention throughout  Suitable for beginners looking for a firm grounding in technique and reading skills as well as more advanced players wanting to improve specific areas of technique and musicianship. .

Only 3 places available. (Parallel flute ensemble course at same time)

Individual lessons, attention to tone, technique, scales, breathing, performing, repertoire, duets, work with a resident pianist and all in a non competitive environment. Come and have a holiday combined with an intensive yet relaxed learning experience. The numbers will be small to give maximum attention. Don’t worry if this is your first experience on a course as we are completely sympathetic to your needs and feelings.

Adults only. Late starters and lapsed learners are our speciality.

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

Start time 17.00.   End time 11.00

Booking Form Adults


July 29th – August 2nd.

Suffolk Adults 4

Intermediate – Advanced Level Ensemble Course for adult saxophone players with minimum grade 5+ level. Fluent reading level is required.

A summer retreat for adult saxophone players working with Nicholas Foster in both an ensemble and individual situation. 4 days of playing, learning, eating good food and meeting like-minded people, all set within the beautiful Suffolk house and grounds of Earls Hall. Meal times are an important part of the day with deliciously creative, home cooked fare, much from the organic garden. Work hard and then have time to relax and chat.

Only 8 places available with the full range of saxophones (SATB) welcome.

Individual lessons, coached ensembles with parts specially written to suit your level; tone, technique, breathing, repertoire, counting and rhythm, pianist available; all in a non competitive environment.

Daily schedule: each day starts after breakfast at 09.30 until lunchtime. Free time until 16:00 then play until evening meal. Optional duets/trios after dinner if you have the stamina!

Course starts: 17.00 on July 29th and Course ends at 11.00 on 2nd August 2019.

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

Booking Form Adults


Suffolk 5   August 2nd – 6th

Saxophone Bespoke Course

Adult saxophone players of advanced levels Grades 6 – 8+

Intensive individual help and workshop tuition *(please note premium fee applies)

A 4 night, bespoke course with individual help/very small group attention throughout. Suitable for beginners looking for a firm grounding in technique and reading skills as well as more advanced players wanting to improve specific areas of technique and musicianship. .

Only 3 places available (Parallel flute ensemble course at same time)

Individual lessons, attention to tone, technique, scales, breathing, performing, repertoire, duets, work with a resident pianist and all in a non competitive environment. Come and have a holiday combined with an intensive yet relaxed learning experience. The numbers will be small to give maximum attention. Don’t worry if this is your first experience on a course as we are completely sympathetic to your needs and feelings.

Adults only. Late starters and lapsed learners are our speciality.

Booking Form Adults

 

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

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

Julie and Nick’s “Woodwind Clinic”

A musical retreat to rural Kent, covering all aspects of your playing for all Adult players of Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone

from near beginners to grade 4. Partners welcome.

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

Hastingleigh 2 : August 28th  – September 1st  :  4 nights  

Combine dates and stay for a double course  :  7 nights

7  places in total

  Wye is 60 minutes by train from St. Pancras International via Ashford 

Booking Form Adults

A first level “check up” course to make sure that you are heading in the right direction with Tone, Technique, Breathing, Articulation, Dynamics + Repertoire and for those needing a refresher ‘back to basics’ few days. Both Julie and Nick are quick to analyse and diagnose which makes for rapid trouble shooting, problem solving and smooth progress.

Workshop style sessions, 1 : 1 help, ensemble coaching  with parts written to suit your individual level and demonstration classes focusing on the basic elements of each instrument, practice structure and techniques, performance styles and how to gain confidence/nerve removal…….we can help with everything!

The numbers will be kept at 7 – 8 (with 2 tutors) depending on instrument combinations. We will have the keyboard with us and so there will be daily opportunities to play solos with piano accompaniment. Make these as easy and manageable or as challenging as you wish. 

We can assist you to read notation more fluently and to develop a secure understanding of rhythms. Our aim is to help you to enjoy your playing and to achieve that much desired improvement based on secure foundations.

Hastingleigh is a hamlet in rural Kent – an area of outstanding natural beauty on the rolling Downs. We will be staying in a converted sawmill and stables in well equipped chalet style dwellings with shared kitchenette and living areas. Wifi is available in each one, although the phone signal can be very patchy. 

No car needed as we are offering meet and greet at Wye station.

There are many local walks and public footpaths for that essential relax and breath of fresh air.The local pub is a pleasant 1 mile stroll away. Nearest shop 4 miles.

Travel by car and park on site, or take the train via Ashford to Wye, from where we can collect you at 5.30. If you arrive early at the station, please amuse yourself in the adjacent pub.

Course daily structure

Breakfast 8.45; Playing sessions 9.30 – 12.30; Lunch 1.00

Afternoon free for walking, relaxing or practising ‘given’ tasks

“Check up” Session  17.00; Ensembles/Mixed Ensembles 18.30

Evening Soiree 18.45; Dinner 19.30 

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

Hastingleigh 1 begins at 18.00 and ends at 11.00

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

Hastingleigh 2020
3 nights
August 25th - 28th
3 nights
4 nights
August 28th - September 1st 4 nights
7 nights special offer
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

“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.


Sicily 2 

September 19th – 26th 

Marsala, Trapani region, Sicily, Italy

Saxophone Ensembles SATB

We welcome players, partners and friends on this course 

Suggested playing level Grade 4 – 8+

Marsala is in the Trapani region of Sicily and is just 1.15  from Palermo airport. 7km away from Marsala is Villa Salinara, an ancient farm set 700 metres from the  the sea and  overlooking vineyards and orange groves, with its own organic vegetable gardens and orchards for our use.

Join us in the spectacularly well presented 17th century, historical villa which is Japanese/Italian owned and exists as a centre for artists. With its 11 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms and multiple kitchen and living areas, this makes an ideal centre for us to rehearse and make music. The entire place has been renovated with meticulous style and care. 

All of the rooms have been restored with natural materials and are furnished in traditional Sicilian country style. There is a choice of accommodation ranging from luxury private apartments with kitchenettes to regular double/twin/single rooms. All are beautifully appointed. We offer Half Board catering (with creative menus) included in the price. 

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.

This area is in the heart of Western Sicily with salt pans, windmills and rare pink flamingoes. The white sandy beaches of Marsala have been awarded blue flag status for many years. Visit Marsala in 12 minutes, Trapani in 30 minutes or take a bike for 10 minutes to the port and then the old historic boat  (3 euros) to the island of Mozia  with its ancient remains and ruins and a museum dedicated to Phoenician history. The Egadi Islands are also recommended for a day trip and the historic Florio winery, which has been producing Marsala Wine since 1833,  mustn’t be missed!  Standard tours in English are Monday – Friday 10.00 – 16.00 and cost 13 euros with 4 wines included. 

Parking : Yes   Free Wifi : Yes   Free Bicycles : Yes

Local Supermarket : 1km

Direct flights with many carriers to Palermo or indirect to Trapani. 

We recommend hiring a car or sharing in a rental with others.

Taxi transfer is bookable in advance 120 euros – 3 people 140 euros –  4 people

There are 4 buses on a Saturday from Palermo airport to Marsala. The journey takes 90 minutes and costs 11 euros.