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Saxophone Courses

Saxophone Courses 2018

All courses directed and taught by

Nicholas Foster GRNCM MISM – Saxophones
Julie Wright ARCM LGSM B.Ed Hons – Flute, Piccolo and Accompanist

We have over 35 years of worldwide experience as professional woodwind musicians and course directors / teachers

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2018

May 3rd – 10th Taroudant, Morocco

June 11th – 15th  Giggleswick, Yorkshire Dales UK

July 15th – 22nd  Whitchurch, Herefordshire UK

July/August Earls Hall Suffolk July 20th- August 9th

August 18th – 25th The Old Sawmill and Stables, Hastingleigh, Kent

September 19th – 27th  Girona, Spain   2 consecutive Bespoke Courses

October 5th – 12th  Oad Street, Sittingbourne, Kent

November  2nd – 5th Hope, Derbyshire

November 9th – 16th. The Cotswolds, Barnsley Village Gloucestershire 

2019 

February 14th – 21st  The Cotswolds Courses, Barnsley Village, near Cirencester, Gloucester

April 1st – 5th Milton Combe Devon
May 10th – 18th Dubrovnik, Croatia
We offer residential Saxophone Courses for Adults or Students
Please check by each course.
Age groups are never merged.
Adults Playing Levels
  • Absolute beginners and early grades – we suggest a 1 : 1 course as a first experience for rapid and consolidated progress. We can help with rhythm and reading.
  • Grades 2 – 5 – we suggest an ensemble workshop course that goes at a gentle pace with plenty of time to absorb teaching points. It is important to feel comfortable and to progress at your level. 1 : 1 courses are also highly beneficial. Some reading is required but we are totally understanding and tolerant of your mistakes and have time to help smooth these out.
  • Grades 5 – 8+ – we suggest 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.  1 : 1 courses are also highly beneficial for focused individual improvement.

Ensemble/Workshop Courses contain a balance of the following :-

Tone and Technique
Small group workshops and classes
Embouchure, posture, sling, reeds and mouthpieces
Ensemble parts written to suit
Scales and exercises for finger dexterity
Solo repertoire
Pianist available
Rhythm and reading work
We have parts for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones

* Please note that these are not improvisation courses but intended to develop your saxophone playing, so some reading is required

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FAQs ?

Will I be able to keep up ?
Don’t worry as we are very sensitive to each individual’s needs and do our utmost to make a course inclusive, non competitive and satisfying.

Each course is aimed at slightly different levels of playing experience. Please ask for clarification.
We also have a computer library of over 300 arrangements which can be adapted in situ to suit your reading speed and playing ability.

Am I too young / old ?

Never, in our opinion!
Students courses are aimed at 7-18 year olds with the work structured accordingly to both age and ability.
Adult courses are open to everyone over 18 with no upper limit.

In fact, we specialise in late starters and lapsed learners, so the age balance tends to be more mature …!

Dip in and out of sessions as you wish according to stamina levels.

What is the accommodation like ?

Our venues range from the eccentric, yet comfortable, shabby chic to really luxurious en suite rooms with TV.
Single, Twin and Double rooms are available for Adults and shared rooms, according to age and gender for students.
We offer full board with delicious home cooking on all UK courses and half board on world-wide courses.
Many regard our meal times as an equivalent highlight to the music !

Players on all Saxophones are welcome – Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone

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1 Day “quick fix”saxophone courses

3/4/7 day residential saxophone courses UK and Worldwide

First Class Saxophone Tuition

Delicious home cooking

Partners welcome

Holiday Saxophone Courses for students UK and Worldwide

Saxophone Residential Courses for adults in UK and Worldwide

Over 30 years of experience

Individual attention

Tailor made ensembles

All playing levels catered for

 

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2018



Taroudant, Morocco

May 3rd – 10th

Join us for a musical house party – Partners welcome

Luxury Riad accommodation, delicious Moroccan food and time to combine playing with sightseeing

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Giggleswick, Settle, Yorkshire Dales

Giggleswick, Settle, Yorkshire

Giggleswick, Settle, Yorkshire

Giggleswick, Settle, Yorkshire Dales UK

June 11th – 15th    Stay 3 or 4 nights

Workshop ensemble based coaching in 2 levels

Intermediate Grades 2 – 5+

Intermediate to Advanced Grades 5 – 8+

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Earls Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk, UK  2018

Earls Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk, UK     IP30 0JD

Earl's Hall, Suffolk - our favourite summer venue.

July 20th – 23rd

2 parallel courses:
Adult Saxophone Ensembles and Workshop Sessions Intermediate Level SATB
Adult Flute Bespoke

Adult saxophones of all levelsof Intermediate levels for a summer playing course.
Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone players welcome.
Intensive daily sessions on all aspects of saxophone playing
A holiday combined with an intensive, yet relaxed learning experience.
All sessions are prepared to cover your playing needs.
Time to resolve and consolidate all playing issues.

3 – 7 places

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July 23rd – 26th
2 parallel courses

Adult Saxophone Bespoke from Complete Beginner

also parallel course
(Adult Flute Players Grade 4 upwards to Garde 8+ for a summer ensemble playing course)

Bespoke Saxophone includes

 Tone and Technique
Embouchure, posture, slings, reeds and mouthpieces
Duets with a Tutor
Scales and basic exercises for finger dexterity
Solo repertoire
Pianist available
Rhythm and reading work

*please note that these are not improvisation courses but intended to develop your saxophone playing, so some reading ability is required.

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3 places only

Saxophone 1 : 1 players enjoying trios

Saxophone Bespoke players enjoying trios

The course is very small to give maximum attention.
Parking on site or take the train to Bury St. Edmunds and catch the regular, local village bus to the end of the lane

We suggest a 16.30 meeting time at Bury St Edmunds for those wishing to share a pre booked taxi.

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August 1st – 5th
(2 parallel courses)
Adult saxophones Intermediate to Advanced levels  of Grade 5  and above  for a summer ensemble coaching course in workshop sessions.

The course is very small to give maximum attention.
Parking on site or take the train to Bury St. Edmunds and catch the regular, local village bus to the end of the lane

We suggest a 16.00 meeting time at Bury St Edmunds for those wishing to share a pre booked taxi.

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August 5th – 9th

Bespoke saxophones SATB

Intermediate – Advanced levels.


Student Saxophones

Saxes en Vacances

Saxes en Vacances

July 26th – August 1st 2018
International Summer Student Camp

Rehearsal in the garden

Earls Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk, UK

July 26th – August 1st  ages 8 – 18
Nicholas Foster GRNCM – clarinets/saxophones

Julie Wright ARCM LGSM B.Ed Hons – flutes

All levels welcome from Beginner to Advanced.

Please ask for appropriate age and level on each course

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Picking gooseberries and green beans from the garden

Course Costs


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The Old Sawmill and Stables, Hastingleigh, Kent

August 18th – 21st   3 nights

August 21st – 25th    4 nights

The Fundamentals – Back to Basics “Clinic” style courses

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 Girona, Spain

2 Bespoke Courses – Partners welcome

September 19th – 23rd

September 23rd – 27th

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Oad Street, Sittingbourne, Kent
October 5th – 8th Saxophone Bespoke SATB  3 nights
October 8th – 12th  Saxophone Bespoke SATB 4 nights

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Hope, Derbyshire

November 2nd – 5th  3 nights

Saxophone Ensembles SATB  Intermediate to Advanced

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The Cotswolds Courses 1 and 2

November 9th – 12th   Beginner – Intermediate Saxophones SATB

November 12th – 16th   Intermediate – Advanced Saxophones SATB

Barnsley Village

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2019 

Cotswold Course February 2017

The Cotswolds Course, Barnsley near Cirencester, Gloucestershire

February 14th – 17th

Cotswolds 3

Intermediate to Advanced Saxophones   SATB

Adult Saxophone Players of Grades 5 and above for a coached ensembles workshop based course

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February 17th – 21st

Cotswolds 4

Intermediate Saxophones   SATB

Adult Saxophone Players of Grades 3 and above for a coached ensembles, workshop based course

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Milton Combe, near Yelverton, Devon

Devon Course 2  :  4 nights    April  1st – 5th

Saxophone Workshops and Coached Ensembles. SATB

covering all aspects of playing and technique plus tips and tricks

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Mokosica, Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

May 10th – 14th and May 14th – 18th

Stay 4 or 8 nights

Join us for a Musical House Party – Partners welcome

No car needed 

Just 3.7 km from Dubrovnik with regular bus service from the venue

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We also offer woodwind courses, summer camps and professional development for teachers with time to play, discuss & relax. The courses available are for beginners to advanced; flute, clarinet and saxophone players of all ages;students or amateur adults and for those seeking Professional Development. All music is arranged uniquely to suit the level of the group and to accommodate all players. Our signature style is to create a small and friendly course atmosphere where we have time for everyone. The number of participants is therefore always kept to between 7 and 14, depending on the venue. We have 30 combined years of international experience as professional performers, teachers, consultants and workshop presenters in the UK, Europe and Worldwide.Bahrain, Oman, Thailand, Portugal, France, Sweden, Italy, Morocco, Hungary, Russia, Spain, India, Korea, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Czech Republic, Turkey, Montenegro…

Meal times are a creative highlight when we offer delicious home cooking with special diets taken into consideration as much as possible. Venues are chosen for their comfort, space and uniqueness. Choose from a luxury farmhouse, a city dwelling or a Tudor Manor.