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Retreat to the Cotswolds ….

February 2019

The Cotswold Course, Barnsley, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, UK

Greyhound Barn is a Grade ll listed building:- a stunningly spacious 8 bedroom, mostly ensuite, converted brewery/hophouse in the Cotswolds.

Easy access from all major routes including A40 from Oxford/Witney.

There is a regular bus service to Cirencester (4.5 miles) from where you can take a taxi to the house.

Nearest airport Heathrow, but Gatwick, Stansted and Luton also possible with bus/rail links.

Ample heating and hot water and 2nd kitchenette available for tea and coffee breaks. Most rooms ensuite.

Large rehearsal space. Local pub within 2 minutes walk and the picturesque Cotswold village of Bibury is just a few minutes away

We also have the use of a Cotswold Cottage just a few minutes stroll away which has two further bedrooms with shared luxury bathroom. 

Stay in the Village Pub with luxury ensuite rooms – just a 2 minute stroll from the main house. Book your own room at the Pub, then book on the course as a non resident, yet still join us for main meals and all classes. 

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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February 8th – 11th, 2019.  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 14th – 17th, 2019.  3 nights

The Cotswolds 3

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Cotswolds 3. Adult saxophone ensemble course,  Intermediate to Advanced players of grade 5to 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 14th and ends at 11.00 on 17th

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

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February 17th – 21st, 4 nights

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

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

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*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.


Barnsley Village, Cotswolds. February 2019.Cotswolds 1
February 8th - 11th
Cotswolds 3
February 14th - 17th
Cotswolds 4
February 17th - 21st
No. of nights33 4
Room TypePremium. £Standard. £Standard. £
Single ensuite619470580
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person519379489
Double ensuite with non playing partner (per room)735625769
Double ensuite with 2 players sharing (per room)1038758978
Day rate (non residential)190150150
Course rate (non residential)495360480
“Cheap & cheerful” single (available when full)519379489
Single in nearby cottage when all main house rooms are booked589N/AN/A


March 29th – April 1st

Devon 1 : 3 nights

Intermediate to Advanced Workshops and coached ensembles 

or combine both courses and stay for 7 nights

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April 1st – 5th

Devon 2  : 4 nights 

Intermediate to Advanced coached ensembles and workshop sessions 

A 3  night workshop based course with coached ensembles, basic tips and techniques and 1 : 1 advice.

Suits intermediate  to advanced level player.

or combine both courses and stay for 7 nights

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Milton Combe, near Lopwell Dam,  Devon 

Yelverton 3 miles, Plymouth 9 miles

Saxophone Workshops and Ensembles Sessions – Intermediate to Advanced  Levels SATB

Adult saxophone players of Intermediate to Advanced grades – Grade 4 suggested minimum and sight reading ability required.

A 4 night workshop based course with coached ensembles, basic tips and techniques and 1 : 1 advice. Suits intermediate  to advanced level player.

Only  4 – 6  places available plus day visitors welcome. (Parallel  flute course at same time)

Coached ensembles with parts written to suit, 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.

All intermediate+ level players welcome and some reading ability is required.

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

non competitive environment – resident pianist for accompaniment – optional informal evening performances.

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

Booking Form Adults

Maristow Barton
Devon 2
Devon 1 Saxophones March 29th - April 1stDevon 2 Saxophones
April 1st - 5th
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

Booking Form Adults


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 1930

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

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

100 years of History

June 10th – 14th, 2019.   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 10th and ends after breakfast on June 14th

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

The SatNav and postcode takes you half way up the The Mains – Woodlands is 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 20194 nights
Room TypeStandard £
Single525
Single ensuite579
Twin share (if available) per person455
Twin share ensuite (if available) per person484
Double share with non playing partner (per room)655
Double ensuite share with non playing partner (per room)713
Double share with playing partner (per room)910
Double ensuite share with playing partner (per room)968
Day rate (non residential)150
Course rate (non residential)460


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.

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July 19th – 22nd Suffolk 1 

Woodwind Clinic : 2nd Level : Grades 3 -7 

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

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

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


July 22nd – 25th. Suffolk 2

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

Adult saxophone players from complete beginner to grade 5 

A 3 night, highly specific course with individual attention throughout whilst in a small workshop situation or 1 : 1 help . 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

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July 31st – August 4th. Suffolk 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 31st and Course ends at 11.00 on 4th August 2019.

*please note that these are not jazz improvisation courses.

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Suffolk 5   August 4th – 8th

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

 

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

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
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

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 

Bear Sanctuary (mornings only)

Bran/Brasov

Sinaia( best done en route )

The local Church

 

Our hosts

Amusing moments 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

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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


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


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

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

Course ends after breakfast on 20th/26th

Extra night

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

Transits will be arranged accordingly.

Schedule :

Breakfast at 8.45

Play all morning from 9.30 – 12.30,

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

Optional playing again from 17.30 – 18.30.

Evening soiree at 18.30.

Dinner at 19.45

We can be very flexible and change the hours around.

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Dracula’s Castle at Bran – spot Vlad ….

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

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

Open daily 

Tickets 40 Lei ( concessions aged 65+  reduced rate)

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

Bran Castle Website 

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

Park outside the castle for 4 Lei per hour.

Please note that there are a lot of steps.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 4 – 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.

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 …..

November 8th – 11th  

Woodwind Clinic Level 2  

Tuition Workshops, Tips, Tricks and Techniques, Duets with a Tutor and the essentials of ensemble playing

Grades 2 – 5 Level

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.

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. 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.

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 2019Cotswolds 1
Room Type. No. of nights3
Single ensuite495
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

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“Thank you very much for running the Andorra course. I am in complete amazement that you both run such an intensive course, look after us and feed us like you do. It’s incredible! It was great food and great company and great playing too, of course! I haven’t played that much for a long time and I’m going back to work for a rest now”  SH : Andorra September 2015