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June 2015

15/257 Language Weekend: French with Language teachers from the Hitchin Language Centre

Fri 26 Jun 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 28 Jun 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ALL We are delighted that we are now able to add an intensive weekend devoted to practical language skills to Benslow Music

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15/333 Choral School with Andrew Parnell

Mon 29 Jun 2015 @ 0:00 - Thu 2 Jul 2015 @ 0:00

Standard : Intermediate , Advanced Andrew Parnell, renowned choral trainer and keyboard player, returns to Benslow Music to lead our annual Summer Choral School, again aimed at honing the choral singing skills of participants. The objective of this course is to produce in four days a choir that really sings well as a unit, but in realising that challenge we will also be working on a satisfyingly wide range of choral repertoire. To lend solid support to each line and…

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July 2015

The Musical World of Venice: A Study Day with Peter Medhurst

Sat 4 Jul 2015 @ 9:30 - 17:00
Farncombe Estate Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LJ United Kingdom + Google Map

Through images, recordings and live performances, singer, pianist and lecturer-recitalist Peter Medhurst explores the music of Venice and defines what it is that gives the great city it unique musical voice.

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15/262 Late Starter String Orchestra with Sebastian Muller

Fri 10 Jul 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 12 Jul 2015 @ 0:00

Standard : Elementary , Intermediate Another chance for violin, viola and cello players to join Sebastian

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Carnival! Samba Percussion Weekend

Fri 10 Jul 2015 @ 17:00 - Sun 12 Jul 2015 @ 14:00
Farncombe Estate Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LJ United Kingdom + Google Map

This fun course introduces you to the different rhythms and percussion instruments of Samba in practical, hands-on playing sessions. All instruments provided.

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15/335 Late Starter Violins with Sebastian Muller

Sun 12 Jul 2015 @ 0:00 - Wed 15 Jul 2015 @ 0:00

Standard : Elementary Sebastian M

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15/IS3 International Piano Summer School with Graeme Humphrey

Mon 27 Jul 2015 @ 0:00 - Fri 31 Jul 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: DIPLOMAThis brand new summer school for advanced pianists is led by Graeme Humphrey. Graeme has been a teacher of piano all his professional life, both at the Royal Academy of Music for thirty-six years from 1974

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August 2015

15/IS7 International Composing Summer School with Michael Finnissy

Mon 3 Aug 2015 @ 0:00 - Fri 7 Aug 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: DIPLOMAThe distinguished composer and teacher Michael Finnissy returns to Benslow Music for this composing course designed for those aiming to pursue composition to the very highest level and who are perhaps already studying or intend to study at a recognised music college. Michael will work in details on participant

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15/266 Music of the New World with Julian Williamson

Fri 7 Aug 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 9 Aug 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ALLFrom its early flowering in religious music to the gradual development of instrumental and theatrical works, the growth of music in America is a fascinating story. From extraordinary figures like Heinrich and Gottschalk through the innovative ideas of Charles Ives and George Gershwin, to the work of Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, John Cage and others this course will track each stage of a remarkable evolution. We will look at how it gradually out grew its European influences and gave…

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15/265 ABRSM Jazz Piano Syllabus for Piano Teachers with Tim Richards

Fri 7 Aug 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 9 Aug 2015 @ 0:00

As a contributor to the syllabus and jazz examiner since 1999

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15/403 Guitar Summer School with Carlos Bonnel

Mon 10 Aug 2015 @ 0:00 - Thu 13 Aug 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDFollowing the success of last year

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15/402 Summer Winds with Janet Myatt and friends

Mon 10 Aug 2015 @ 0:00 - Fri 14 Aug 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDYou

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15/IS9 International Conducting Summer School with Christopher Gayford

Fri 14 Aug 2015 @ 0:00 - Mon 17 Aug 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ADVANCED, DIPLOMAChris Gayford helps all conductors, whether or not they have previous experience, achieve remarkable results by working on score-learning, interpretation, gesture, rehearsing techniques and self-confidence, using examples from the choral, orchestral and opera repertoires. Some pieces will be specified in advance so that you can do some initial preparation. All participants are asked to bring any instruments that they might play with them so that the group can form ad hoc ensembles. The course will run alongside our…

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15/ISA International Harp Summer School with Danielle Perrett

Mon 17 Aug 2015 @ 0:00 - Thu 20 Aug 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: DIPLOMADanielle Perrett returns to Benslow for another International Harp Summer School, designed to help advanced players aspiring to attain highest levels. In addition to focussed tuition on all aspect of harp playing, she will lead a very helpful evening Pilates session, and students will work towards an informal concert on the last day of the course. We encourage informal collaboration with the Baroque and Madrigal summer schools which run alongside this course. For all Benslow Music courses, under 27s…

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15/338 Madrigal and Partsong Summer School with Simon Wallfisch

Mon 17 Aug 2015 @ 0:00 - Thu 20 Aug 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDFollowing the success of last year

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15/339 Tai Chi (3 night option) with Glyn Williams

Thu 20 Aug 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 23 Aug 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ALLDescribed as gentle exercise for increased mobility and well-being, T

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15/268 Tai Chi (2 night option) with Glyn Williams

Fri 21 Aug 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 23 Aug 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ALLDescribed as gentle exercise for increased mobility and well-being, T

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15/269 Introduction to Live-looping with Steve Bingham

Fri 21 Aug 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 23 Aug 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ELEMENTARY, INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDSteve Bingham leads this brand new course designed to introduce players of all ages and abilities to the world of live-looping. We are looking for players of any electric instrument who want to gain a better understanding of the techniques involved. We will look at the hardware and software available for live-looping performance, with the view to both familiarising participants with the technology and also discussing specific performance techniques for looping. Please bring your own electric instrument,…

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September 2015

15/271 Grade V Theory with Katharine Bramley

Fri 4 Sep 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 6 Sep 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATEAre you marooned at Grade 5 on your instrument, disqualified from taking any more exams because you have yet to pass Grade 5 Theory? Or are you simply interested in the theory that lies behind the music that you play? Either way, this course is ideal for you. Katharine Bramley leads an intensive course during which we will explore every nook and cranny of the Associated Board Grade 5 Theory syllabus. It will be hard work but Katharine promises…

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15/270 Clarinet Weekend with Margaret Archibald

Fri 4 Sep 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 6 Sep 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDRenowned clarinetists David Campbell, Margaret Archibald and Ian Scott and the widely admired collaborative pianist John Flinders, return to lead this friendly and popular end of summer course. For some sessions participants will be divided into two large choirs, for others into small ensembles, and John will join his fellow tutors for work on some of the easier clarinet and piano repertoire. Course members share an informal concert on Sunday afternoon, while an added bonus is the public…

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15/272 Romantic Keyboard with Timothy Barratt

Mon 7 Sep 2015 @ 0:00 - Wed 9 Sep 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDTimothy Barratt leads this popular course devoted to music of the Romantic era, complementing his Classical keyboard course earlier in the year. Pianists of intermediate (minimum grade 5) and advanced level are invited to bring along own choice pieces they have been preparing. At the course he will also talk about and play examples of some great pianists and composers of piano music.

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15/275 Jazz for Classical Singers with Anton Browne

Fri 11 Sep 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 13 Sep 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDThe charismatic Anton Browne, regular tutor on our popular Big Band Singing Summer School, returns for this new course designed to introduce Classical singers to the freedoms and disciplines of the Jazz/Soul/Pop singer in a practical way. The course will include tuition on recognising intervals and chord types, on song format/structure and on writing down chord sequence from. Anton will also lend his advice on how to

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15/278 Banjo Weekend with David Price

Fri 18 Sep 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 20 Sep 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ELEMENTARY, INTERMEDIATEDavid Price leads another of his popular courses, concentrating on rhythm, jazz playing, how to build solos, chord-melody, tremolo techniques, duo styles, and many other topics relevant to all plectrum and tenor players

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Mixed Music Ensemble: Facets of France

Fri 18 Sep 2015 @ 18:00 - Sun 20 Sep 2015 @ 14:00
Farncombe Estate Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LJ United Kingdom + Google Map

A lively and fun weekend with Karen Tweed through which we will explore how to get the best out of playing with others, listening and performing (both in smaller and larger ensembles and solo). Singers are also very welcome. All instruments welcome, all standards but no beginners.

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15/112 Singing for the Terrified with Katharine Bramley

Sat 19 Sep 2015 @ 0:00
Benslow, Ibberson Way
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB United Kingdom

STANDARD: ALLAre you nervous or frightened of singing on your own? Do you dread the singing element of aural tests? In this one-day course, Katharine Bramley will help you overcome your fears in a friendly and supportive setting, as well as giving you plenty of opportunity to develop your listening and sight-singing skills, so that you can approach the aural element of your next music exam with confidence.

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15/113 Consort Singing Day with Andrew Parnell

Sun 20 Sep 2015 @ 0:00
Benslow, Ibberson Way
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB United Kingdom

STANDARD: ADVANCEDConsort-singing

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15/280 String Quartets with the Maggini (2 day option) with Members of the Maggini Quartet

Tue 22 Sep 2015 @ 0:00 - Thu 24 Sep 2015 @ 0:00

We welcome back our good friends the Maggini Quartet for another of their popular courses in which they pass on their wisdom

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15/342 String Quartets with the Maggini (3 day option) with Members of the Maggini Quartet

Tue 22 Sep 2015 @ 0:00 - Fri 25 Sep 2015 @ 0:00

We welcome back our good friends the Maggini Quartet for another of their popular courses in which they pass on their wisdom

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October 2015

15/284 The Chamber Music of Brahms with Roderick Swanston

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 4 Oct 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ALLBrahms wrote chamber music throughout his life so it provides a special insight into his musical character and development. Sometimes afraid of comparison with Beethoven he often avoided competing with the earlier composer's favourite genres, notably the string quartet. Amongst Brahms's most beautiful early chamber works are his string sextets, and later ones his glorious string quintets. He found his stride first with the ambitious B major piano trio which he revised considerably later in life. He also commuted…

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15/285 Conducting Wind Ensembles with Colin Touchin

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 4 Oct 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ELEMENTARY, INTERMEDIATEDesigned for wind players (all orchestral instruments, recorders, saxophones, etc.) this short course will provide beginner and intermediate conductors and ensemble directors with skills and exercises in theoretical and practical sessions. Topics will include: baton technique, score preparation, rehearsal planning, training routines and performance tips. Bring instruments to play for each other

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15/283 Fiddle Music of Scotland and Ireland with Pete Cooper

Fri 2 Oct 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 4 Oct 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDPete Cooper

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15/345 Group Quartets with Jonathan Trout with Jonathon Trout

Mon 5 Oct 2015 @ 0:00 - Thu 8 Oct 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDJonathan Trout leads another of our popular Group Quartet courses, designed for those who are reluctant to tackle the string quartet repertoire one to a part or who just enjoy playing the repertoire en masse, as if a string orchestra. We

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15/288 Chi Kung for All with Glyn Williams

Fri 9 Oct 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 11 Oct 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ALLChi Kung (or Qi Gong) exercises are some of the oldest surviving exercise techniques to have emerged from China. They were evolved as easy exercises for developing energy in order to improve health and well-being and for encouraging mental and physical relaxation. They are thus ideal for performing musicians who need effective ways of maintaining calm and composure while working under extreme and very public scrutiny. This course is helpful to anyone, musician or not, who would like to…

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15/289 Everyone Matters with Margaret Archibald

Fri 9 Oct 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 11 Oct 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDNow in a weekend slot, this popular course led by Margaret Archibald helps string, wind and keyboard players as well as any singers prepare items for informal performances at a range of local care homes. Last year

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15/287 Grade VI Theory and Beyond with Katharine Bramley

Fri 9 Oct 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 11 Oct 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDKatharine Bramley repeats her popular course, designed to lead candidates carefully through the requirements of the Associated Board

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15/115 Accordion Day with Paul Hutchinson

Sat 10 Oct 2015 @ 0:00
Benslow, Ibberson Way
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB United Kingdom

STANDARD: ELEMENTARY, INTERMEDIATEPaul

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15/292 Singing from Scratch with Roger Moon

Fri 16 Oct 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 18 Oct 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ELEMENTARYDo you love singing, but only in the shower? Would you like to share with others the joy of singing, the most natural form of musical expression? To explore different types of music and increase your range? This is the course for you. This weekend of friendly group singing will include songs, rounds, and pieces from classical, folk and popular traditions, chosen according to the capabilities and preferences of the group. Ignorance of musical theory and inability to read…

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15/291 An Introduction to Latin American Jazz with Marco Marconi

Fri 16 Oct 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 18 Oct 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDBrand new to Benslow, international jazz pianist & composer Marco Marconi leads this course designed for intermediate and advanced players and offers the opportunity to develop their relationship with the spectacular and vast world of Latin jazz. Marco will talk about and demonstrate a journey of Latin rhythms from Brasil down to Cuba including Bossa-nova, Samba and Shoro to Salsa, Clave, Rhumba and Cha

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15/290 The Kerry Camden Advanced Wind Ensembles Course with Simon de Souza and friends

Fri 16 Oct 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 18 Oct 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ADVANCEDThe Kerry Camden Advanced Wind Ensembles Course, named in honour of the late, great bassoonist who led it for many years, continues under the highly experienced guidance of horn player Simon de Souza and his expert team of coaches (one for each instrument so detailed help will be on hand for all). The emphasis is on having fun through making music, but course members should expect to be challenged and sometimes, gently, taken out of their comfort zone. We

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15/293 String Quartets with the Fitzwilliam (2 day option) with Members of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet

Fri 23 Oct 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 25 Oct 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ADVANCEDThe amazing Fitzwilliam Quartet returns for another exciting visit to Benslow Music to deliver another of their excellent courses. Once again we are seeking up to ten pre-formed string quartets, each of which will receive friendly, individually tailored tutoring from each member of the quartet. There

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15/348 String Quartets with the Fitzwilliam (3 day option) with Members of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet

Fri 23 Oct 2015 @ 0:00 - Mon 26 Oct 2015 @ 0:00
Benslow, Ibberson Way
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB United Kingdom

STANDARD: ADVANCEDThe amazing Fitzwilliam Quartet returns for another exciting visit to Benslow Music to deliver another of their excellent courses. Once again we are seeking up to ten pre-formed string quartets, each of which will receive friendly, individually tailored tutoring from each member of the quartet. There

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Discover the Joys of Playing the Ukulele

Fri 23 Oct 2015 @ 15:00 - Sun 25 Oct 2015 @ 16:00
Hilton Bristol, Woodlands Ln
Bradley Stoke, BS32 4JF United Kingdom
£345

Whether you are a beginner or an improver on the ukulele, this workshop weekend is for you. You’ll be given a kick start in improving your skills on this wonderful instrument, as well as an opportunity to sing and play with a group of like-minded enthusiasts.

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15/349 Keeping it Fresh – a course for advanced pianists with Heli Ignatious-Fleet

Mon 26 Oct 2015 @ 0:00 - Thu 29 Oct 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ADVANCEDThe key elements of Heli Ignatius-Fleet

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15/295 Impressionism and 20th Century Piano with Tim Barratt

Fri 30 Oct 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 1 Nov 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDTimothy Barratt leads this new course (due to popular demand) devoted to Impressionism and piano music of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Pianists of intermediate (minimum grade 5) and advanced level are invited to bring along own choice pieces they have been preparing. The workshops will include discussion of style and historical perspective, using examples from a wide range of piano music.

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November 2015

15/352 Cello Orchestra with Jenny Curtis

Mon 2 Nov 2015 @ 0:00 - Thu 5 Nov 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDJenny Curtis again leads cellists in works transcribed or originally written for cellos in anything from three to eight parts. There

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15/298 String Quartets with the Coull (2 day option) with Members of the Coull Quartet

Fri 6 Nov 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 8 Nov 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ADVANCEDThe Coull Quartet returns to give its usual friendly, expert advice and encouragement to up to ten pre-formed string quartets. Bring along whatever repertoire you choose. As usual there is also a public concert on the first night of the course at 8 pm, and every course member is automatically entitled to entry. As with other string quartet courses, we now offer the enticing option of staying for an extra day, subject to adequate numbers of participants applying. If…

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15/354 String Quartets with the Coull (3 day option) with Members of the Coull Quartet

Fri 6 Nov 2015 @ 0:00 - Mon 9 Nov 2015 @ 0:00
Benslow, Ibberson Way
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB United Kingdom

STANDARD: ADVANCEDThe Coull Quartet returns to give its usual friendly, expert advice and encouragement to up to ten pre-formed string quartets. Bring along whatever repertoire you choose. As usual there is also a public concert on the first night of the course at 8 pm, and every course member is automatically entitled to entry. As with other string quartet courses, we now offer the enticing option of staying for an extra day, subject to adequate numbers of participants applying. If…

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15/20C Ragtime Piano with Marco Marconi

Fri 13 Nov 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 15 Nov 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDAward winning international jazz pianist and composer Marco Marconi moved to the UK in 2012 bringing both his talent and vast experience. In 2015 he leads this brand new course focusing on Ragtime, analysing different styles and the differences between famous rag-time pianists like Scott Joplin, Art Tatum and Jelly Roll Morton and many others. It will be very interesting to talk in depth about the role of each hand when playing Ragtime music and also how it…

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15/20B Arranging and Orchestration with Alwyn Green

Fri 13 Nov 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 15 Nov 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDDiscover the joy of creating your own arrangements, learn to arrange piano music for ensemble or even for full orchestra, and learn how to convert an orchestral score into a work for small ensemble or piano. We

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15/20H Composing with Andrew Toovey with Andrew Toovey

Fri 27 Nov 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 29 Nov 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDOne of the most admired British composers of his generation, Andrew Toovey is also an experienced, sensitive and inspirational teacher. On this weekend course he advises and encourages, enabling students to find their own voices while developing the sometimes painful skills of self-criticism and self-editing. We

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15/20F An Introduction to Wind Chamber Music with Janet Myatt

Fri 27 Nov 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 29 Nov 2015 @ 0:00

STANDARD: ELEMENTARY, INTERMEDIATEJanet Myatt introduces players, who might come as individuals or as newly established ensembles, to one-to-a-part playing in groups of similar abilities. She

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December 2015

15/20J Playing Klezmer from Music with Members of the London Klezmer Quartet

Tue 1 Dec 2015 @ 0:00 - Thu 3 Dec 2015 @ 0:00

Past London Klezmer Quartet courses have focused on learning by ear. By contrast

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15/360 Piano Trios with the Fidelio with Members of the Fidelio Trio

Thu 10 Dec 2015 @ 0:00 - Sun 13 Dec 2015 @ 0:00
Benslow, Ibberson Way
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB United Kingdom

STANDARD: ADVANCEDThe

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15/SD1 Singing Day with Jonathon Willcocks with Jonathon Willcocks

Sat 12 Dec 2015 @ 0:00
Benslow, Ibberson Way
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB United Kingdom

Standard : INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCEDDistinguished conductor and composer Jonathan Willcocks leads this brand new Singing Day devoted to the choruses of Handel

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January 2016

TCHAIKOVSKY’S LAST YEARS

Sat 9 Jan 2016 @ 10:30 - 16:30
Vicars’ Hall Chichester, United Kingdom + Google Map

Tchaikovsky was at the height of his powers, aged just fifty-three, when he died in the autumn of 1893. His Symphony No. 6, 'Pathétique', which he described as 'the best thing I have ever done', had been triumphantly received just a few days before his death, in what can only be described as 'suspicious circumstances'.

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SHOSTAKOVICH: a composer for our times

Tue 12 Jan 2016 @ 17:00 - Thu 14 Jan 2016 @ 17:00
Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, 30 W Hill Rd, West Cliff
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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with Terry Barfoot, and a concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

We will explore the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, featuring some of his best loved works while exploring some less famous but equally rewarding compositions.

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March 2016

Haydn and the Classical Symphony

Tue 15 Mar 2016 @ 18:00 - Thu 17 Mar 2016 @ 14:00
Northcourt House, Main Rd, Shorwell
Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 3JG United Kingdom
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Haydn is the composer who more than any other epitomises the aims and achievements of
the Classical era. We will explore the range and nature of his compositions by reference to a
number of symphonies from across the whole span of his career.

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April 2016

JANÁČEK

Fri 1 Apr 2016 @ 18:00 - Sun 3 Apr 2016 @ 15:00
The Grange Hotel, Oborne
Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA United Kingdom
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Janáček is one of the great composers of the 20th century, but he was already aged 46 when that century began. The most distinctively Czech of the Czech nationalist composers, he owes less than Smetana and Dvořák to Western European models, and was a provincial musician for most of his life.

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Operas in Dresden

Sat 30 Apr 2016 - Wed 4 May 2016
Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe, Neumarkt 9
Dresden, 01067 Germany
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Arts in Residence in Dresden 30th April – 4th May 2016 Hindemith: Mathis der Maler Puccini: Tosca Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro The trip includes: • Return flights from Heathrow and airport transfers in Germany • centrally located hotel • 4 Star **** Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe on B&B basis • Guided city tour • Gala group dinner on the first evening • Top category opera tickets • Introductions to all the performances by Terry Barfoot • Programme notes on…

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May 2016

Beethoven and the Archduke Rudolph

Fri 6 May 2016 @ 17:00 - Sun 8 May 2016 @ 14:00
Dillington, Dillington House
Ilminster, Somerset TA19 9DT United Kingdom
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Beethoven’s wide-ranging list of compositions offers endless opportunities for
discovery. Our weekend will feature a variety of music written for or dedicated to his
favourite patron, the Archduke Rudolph, including concertos, chamber music, piano
sonatas and the great Missa Solemnis.

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Early Music: From Susato to Sweelinck

Fri 6 May 2016 @ 19:00 - Sun 8 May 2016 @ 15:30
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£193.00

While many composers of Franco-Flemish or Netherlandish stock were lured south to warmer climes, others preferred to stay put, adding to the rich seam of music of post-Josquin and post-Lassus idiom. Investigating the latter, we shall see how Antwerp could compete with Venice in its array of talented printers, some of their publications of exceptionally high quality. The course will be predominantlypractical, and is intended for singers and players of early instruments (A=440) confident in a one voice or instrument…

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Sing from the Heart group singing holiday May 2016

Sat 14 May 2016 @ 14:00 - Sat 21 May 2016 @ 12:00
De Tout Coeur Limousin, Soumeix
Royere de Vassiviere, Limousin 23460 France
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€495

Singing holidays and retreats in France focus on facilitating positive group learning and interaction. Our breaks are a great opportunity to meet new people whilst sharing a fun and creative activity. Many lifelong friendships have been formed on our singing workshops and holidays throughout the years.

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June 2016

The Four Seasons in Music and Painting

Fri 3 Jun 2016 @ 17:00 - Sun 5 Jun 2016 @ 15:15
Abingworth Hall Hotel, Storrington Rd
Storrington, West Sussex RH20 3EF United Kingdom
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£289

Our weekend will explore the inspiration painters and composers have drawn from the seasons of the year. The featured artists will include Botticelli, Breughel the Elder, Monet, Turner and Friedrich, while there will be music by Vivaldi, Haydn, Delius, Tchaikovsky and others. Abingworth Hall occupies a country estate that dates back some seven centuries and stands beside its own lake in seven acres of parkland within the tranquil Weald. The hotel is well appointed with more than twenty en suite…

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THE FOUR SEASONS in Music and Painting

Fri 3 Jun 2016 @ 17:00 - Sun 5 Jun 2016 @ 15:00
Abingworth Hall Hotel, Storrington Rd
Storrington, West Sussex RH20 3EF United Kingdom
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£289

Our weekend will explore the inspiration painters and composers have drawn from the seasons of the year. The featured artists will include Botticelli, Breughel the Elder, Monet, Turner and Friedrich, while there will be music by Vivaldi, Haydn, Delius, Tchaikovsky and others. Abingworth Hall occupies a country estate that dates back some seven centuries and stands beside its own lake in seven acres of parkland within the tranquil Weald. The hotel is well appointed with more than twenty en suite bedrooms. Terry Barfoot writes widely…

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Composers in Exile

Fri 10 Jun 2016 @ 17:00 - Sun 12 Jun 2016 @ 15:15
Sheafhayne Manor, Lane Past Panshayne Farm
Yarcombe, East Devon EX14 9AE United Kingdom
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£289

The weekend will explore a wide variety of music, all of it written by composers who for various reasons were living far from their homelands. Among the composers to be featured are Handel, Stravinsky, Korngold, Rachmaninov, Chopin and Bartók. Sheafhayne Manor is a Grade II listed Elizabethan manor house, commanding wonderful views across the East Devon countryside. Originally a medieval hall, it later became the hunting lodge of Sir Francis Drake. The house has recently been extensively and lovingly refurbished,…

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July 2016

Othello & Otello

Tue 5 Jul 2016 @ 17:00 - Thu 7 Jul 2016 @ 15:15
Bartley Lodge Hotel Cadnam, Hampshire SO40 2NR United Kingdom + Google Map
£289

An opportunity to explore in detail Othello (Otello), one of the most famous of all dramas. We will discuss both Shakespeare’s play and Verdi’s opera, with illustrations on DVD with large screen. Bartley Lodge is a splendid Grade II listed country house hotel set in the heart of the New Forest, in eight acres of grounds. The facilities are well appointed and versatile, including 40 en-suite bedrooms and an indoor swimming pool. The Grand Baronial Hall will be the location for our meetings. Terry Barfoot…

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Creative Arts Summer School

Fri 15 Jul 2016 @ 8:00 - Sun 31 Jul 2016 @ 17:00
Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road
Stroud , Gloucestershire GL6 7QW United Kingdom
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various

Come to Hawkwood in high summer and try your hand at a range of creative crafts,  writing, drawing, sculpture, textiles and painting within the beautiful surroundings of Hawkwood. Create your own schedule and mix and match the courses to suit your needs. Some are residential weekends, some are one-day courses. Full Courses List: Raku Pottery: 15 - 17 July Nia Dance: 22 July Woodcarving Taster Day: 22 July Summer Painting Weekend: 22 - 24 July Drawing in Charcoal and Graphite:…

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Create a Singing Bowl Summer School

Fri 15 Jul 2016 @ 16:00 - Tue 19 Jul 2016 @ 16:00
Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road
Stroud , Gloucestershire GL6 7QW United Kingdom
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£640

Generations of smiths and coppersmiths have dedicated their work to the search for the one perfect all-transcending sound. Under Ton’s friendly, professional supervision you will learn the technique of forging to create your own singing bowl. The rhythm of metal work, the heat of the forge and the alchemical process of shaping your own instrument in an outdoor studio offers a unique combination of physical and spiritual engagement.  The only residential course in the UK with singing bowls. single £640;…

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Music Makers

Thu 21 Jul 2016 @ 14:00 - Sun 24 Jul 2016 @ 16:00
Hindhead Music Centre, Hindhead Road
Surrey, GU26 6BA United Kingdom
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£295

A truly enjoyable holiday of music-making.

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Music Making

Thu 21 Jul 2016 @ 14:00 - Mon 25 Jul 2016 @ 16:00
Hindhead Music Centre, Hindhead Road
Surrey, GU26 6BA United Kingdom
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£295

This inspiring course is for orchestral players of approx. Grade 3 -7. With chamber-music, orchestras, wind and string groups, concerts, technique classes, workshops, discussions on various aspects of musical performance and an opportunity to meet and play with others of similar standard and interest.

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Sing from the Heart group singing holiday SW France summer 2016

Sat 30 Jul 2016 @ 14:00 - Sat 6 Aug 2016 @ 12:00
De Tout Coeur Limousin, Soumeix
Royere de Vassiviere, Limousin 23460 France
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495€

Singing holidays and retreats in France facilitating positive group learning and interaction. Our breaks are a great opportunity to meet new people whilst sharing a fun and creative activity. Many lifelong friendships have been formed on our singing workshops and holidays throughout the years.

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September 2016

“Globe to Globe”: Shakespeare in Music

Fri 2 Sep 2016 @ 19:00 - Sun 4 Sep 2016 @ 15:30
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£193.00

The affect of Shakespeare’s plays on the history of music is immense but it is an area which has been rather neglected over the years.  This course (followed by a further course 3-5 February 2017) will follow the history of the plays and their associated music over some 400 years, from their original staging up to the re-building of the Globe theatre at the end of the 20th century.  This first course will cover the 17th and 18th centuries which…

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Flutes Inspired 4 day course – Elisabeth Hobbs

Mon 5 Sep 2016 @ 9:30 - Thu 8 Sep 2016 @ 16:00
Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road
Stroud , Gloucestershire GL6 7QW United Kingdom
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£450

Do you love playing the flute? Would you like to improve your flute skills in an encouraging and supportive environment? Elisabeth’s focus is on helping you to make real progress in your flute-playing journey. This 4-day course includes flute choir, chamber music, technique classes, also included is an individual lesson. There will also be yoga and Feldenkrais sessions to deal with tension in your playing and the opportunity to work on issues around performance anxiety. For more information please visit: www.flutesinspired.co.uk Course…

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October 2016

Exploring English Music

Tue 11 Oct 2016 @ 17:00 - Thu 13 Oct 2016 @ 15:15
Dumbleton Hall Hotel, Dumbleton
Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 7TS United Kingdom
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£289

We will explore the varied repertoire of English music, featuring compositions by celebrated figures such as Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Bliss, Finzi, and Bax. There will be full programme notes and music examples on excellent hi-fi equipment, as well as a live recital by one of Britain’s leading pianists. The Dumbleton Hall Hotel is a splendid and traditional 19th century manor house set in 19 acres of private gardens and woodland with a private lake. The hotel has stunning views of the Vale of Evesham and…

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MENDELSSOHN

Fri 21 Oct 2016 @ 17:00 - Sun 23 Oct 2016 @ 15:00
Chartridge Lodge, Chartridge Lodge
Chesham, Buckinghamshire HP5 2TU United Kingdom
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£289

With his unique blend of classical poise and romantic feeling, Mendelssohn was one of the great composers of the 19th century. His music has a special appeal and personality, and we shall explore some of his best loved works, as well as some wonderful music that is less well known. The music will be played on excellent hi-fi equipment, and the weekend will conclude with a performance of one of his greatest works by one of Britain’s leading string quartets. Dating from the early 19th…

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Saxophone & Clarinet: The Best of Both Worlds

Fri 28 Oct 2016 @ 9:00 - Sun 30 Oct 2016 @ 15:30
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£198.00

Saxophone & Clarinet: The Best of Both Worlds

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November 2016

GUSTAV MAHLER: Two Great Symphonies

Wed 2 Nov 2016 @ 17:00 - Thu 3 Nov 2016 @ 15:00
The Winchester Royal Hotel, St Peter's Street
Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8BS United Kingdom
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£289

In his symphonies Mahler was concerned to explore the essential issues at the heart of man’s existence: the conflict of the life-force and the death-force. In this ambitious pursuit his Third and Sixth symphonies employ vivid imagery with magnificent orchestral assurance. To complement the symphonies we will also consider aspects of Mahler’s extraordinary life and career. The music examples will be provided on excellent hi-fi equipment, including DVD with large screen. The Winchester Royal Hotel is a characterful building that has recently been refurbished with all…

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Ukulele Jam

Sat 5 Nov 2016 @ 9:00 - 16:00
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£62.00

Ukulele Jam

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American History – A World Empire Part 3

Fri 11 Nov 2016 @ 19:00 - Sun 13 Nov 2016 @ 15:30
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£198.00

American History - A World Empire Part 3

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Try a New Instrument

Fri 18 Nov 2016 @ 9:00 - Sun 20 Nov 2016 @ 15:30
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£198.00

Try a New Instrument

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THE SYMPHONY IN THE 20TH CENTURY

Fri 18 Nov 2016 @ 17:00 - Sun 20 Nov 2016 @ 15:00
The Wroxton House Hotel, Silver Street, Wroxton
Banbury, OX15 6QB United Kingdom
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£289

This weekend, the second of two such events, will explore aspects of the rich legacy of symphonies from the 18th century until around 1900. Various great symphonies will be featured, and our music examples using CD and DVD will be played on excellent hi-fi equipment. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Wroxton House Hotel is set in the beautiful thatched village of Wroxton. Dating in parts from 1649 and beautifully appointed, it is an idyllic retreat only 4 miles from Banbury, on the edge of the Cotswolds.…

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It Takes Two: Famous Singing Duo’s

Thu 24 Nov 2016 @ 11:45 - 21:45
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£23.95

It Takes Two: Famous Singing Duo's

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OTL: Old Time Music Hall

Fri 25 Nov 2016 @ 9:00 - 14:00
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£14.95

OTL: Old Time Music Hall

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Mountmellick

Fri 25 Nov 2016 @ 19:00 - Sun 27 Nov 2016 @ 15:30
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£198.00

Mountmellick

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January 2017

Ukulele: A Weekend for Intermediate Players

Fri 27 Jan 2017 @ 15:30 - Mon 29 Jan 2018 @ 15:30
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£198.00

Ukulele: A Weekend for Intermediate Players

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February 2017

Shakespeare in Music

Fri 3 Feb 2017 @ 9:00 - Sun 5 Feb 2017 @ 15:30
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£14.95

Shakespeare in Music

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Saxophone Week

Sun 19 Feb 2017 @ 19:00 - Fri 24 Feb 2017 @ 12:00
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£198

Saxophone Week

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Czech Beads – A Bead Weaving Adventure

Fri 24 Feb 2017 @ 19:00 - Sun 26 Feb 2017 @ 15:30
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£198.00

Czech Beads - A Bead Weaving Adventure

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March 2017

Shakespeare in Music

Thu 2 Mar 2017 @ 9:00
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£14.95

Shakespeare in Music

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A Weekend of String Players

Fri 3 Mar 2017 @ 9:15 - Sun 5 Mar 2017 @ 15:30
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£14.95

A Weekend of String Players

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Ukulele: A Weekend for Intermediate Players

Fri 10 Mar 2017 @ 15:30 - Sun 12 Mar 2017 @ 15:30
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£198.00

Ukulele: A Weekend for Intermediate Players

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Sing Africa!

Fri 24 Mar 2017 @ 17:00 - Sun 26 Mar 2017 @ 14:00
Felden Lodge, Felden Lane
Hemel Hempstead, HP3 0BL United Kingdom
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£180

Learn harmony songs from across the African continent. No experience needed – just a love of singing!

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The Life & Times of Handel

Wed 29 Mar 2017 @ 12:00 - Fri 31 Mar 2017 @ 12:00
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£204

The Life & Times of Handel

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Recorders

Fri 31 Mar 2017 @ 19:00 - Sun 2 Apr 2017 @ 15:30
Knuston Hall, Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough , Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
£198.00

Recorders

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May 2017

Faust and the Devil

Tue 2 May 2017 @ 17:00 - Thu 4 May 2017 @ 17:00
Bartley Lodge Hotel Cadnam, Hampshire SO40 2NR United Kingdom + Google Map
£289

The legend of Dr Faustus has fascinated writers and musicians since the sixteenth century. Faustus, intelligent, restless, self-deluding, has inspired the most intense and tender of compositions, and shocking scenes in drama and fiction. We will explore Renaissance, Romantic and twentieth-century approaches to this disturbing and resonant tale. Bartley Lodge is a splendid Grade II listed country house hotel set in the heart of the New Forest, in eight acres of grounds. The facilities are well appointed and versatile, including…

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Stars, stripes and maple leaves — songs from across the pond

Fri 26 May 2017 @ 17:00 - Sun 28 May 2017 @ 14:00
Holiday Inn, Peterborough West, Thorpe Wood
Peterborough, Lincs PE3 6SG United Kingdom
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£205

A weekend of luxury learning songs from across North America. Come and celebrate amazing singer-songwriters from both Canada and the USA.

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June 2017

Music of the People

Tue 6 Jun 2017 @ 17:00 - Thu 8 Jun 2017 @ 15:15
Highgate House, Grooms Lane
Northampton, NN6 8NN United Kingdom
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£289

The folk music inheritance has inspired composers across many national traditions, sometimes in arrangements designed to preserve music that might have been lost in the new industrial age, and sometimes as the basis for major works in the concert hall. We will explore aspects of this rich legacy, with illustrations on excellent hi-fi equipment. Originally a coaching inn, Highgate House is a country house hotel set amongst rolling countryside in the picturesque Northamptonshire village of Creaton, just seven miles from Northampton town centre. Terry…

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The Classical Symphony

Fri 30 Jun 2017 @ 17:00 - Sun 2 Jul 2017 @ 15:15
Sheafhayne Manor, Lane Past Panshayne Farm
Yarcombe, East Devon EX14 9AE United Kingdom
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£289

The Viennese Classical Style lies at the very heart of the symphonic literature, and is dominated by the work of four great composers: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. We will explore aspects of this rich repertoire, including how the style developed from its beginnings through to its maturity. Sheafhayne Manor is a Grade II listed Elizabethan manor house, commanding wonderful views across the East Devon countryside. Originally a medieval hall, it later became the hunting lodge of Sir Francis Drake. The house has recently been extensively…

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October 2017

Sacred songs to soothe the soul

Fri 6 Oct 2017 @ 17:00 - Sun 8 Oct 2017 @ 14:00
Willersley Castle Hotel Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5JH United Kingdom + Google Map
£190

A weekend of glorious harmony singing in the midst of autumn splendour. Enliven your spirit with a feast of harmonies and learn songs from a range of cultures and traditions spanning the globe, all in a wonderful Derbyshire setting.

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