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Please note that this listing includes a selection of events which may be of interest and for more comprehensive listings check the web sites of the relevant organisations and venues. If you have an event you would like us to add please e mail details to

2nd February 2013
Woodwind Orchestra Play Day
Leeds College of Music
Artistic Director Shea Lolin The East London Clarinet Choir presents a play day for woodwind orchestra. Guest tutors: Keiron Anderson, Anthony Houghton, John MacKenzie and Nigel Wood.

4th – 8th February 2013
Jazz Improvisation
Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin
Viktor Obsust’s course suits all levels and abilities from beginners to advanced, because he places the emphasis on learning to improvise jazz, or on improving your improvising skills if you already possess some, rather than on how to play your instrument. This is, he tells us, because the best improvisations consist of only a few notes in any case! The only thing you need to bring to the course (apart from your instrument) is the sheer desire to want to play jazz. We’ll take care of the rest. We welcome both musicians with a classical background and those who already have a little experience of the jazz idiom under their belts. Tel: 01462 459446

5th February 2013
Clarinet Masterclass: Robert Plane
Concert Room, Royal Academy of Music, London
With Robert Plane, Academy alumnus and principal clarinet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Free, no tickets required

8th – 10th February 2013
Wind Ensembles with the London Myriad
Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin
The boundless enthusiasm of the young players of the London Myriad Ensemble has gone down so well with participants in their midweek courses that we just had to try a weekend slot. In their teaching of individual groups and their workshops they offer expertise and insight in abundance. We welcome applications from any configuration of wind or wind and piano ensemble within reason, from trios to dectets. Please bring along your prepared repertoire, and please help our busy administrative team by booking as a complete group all at once.

Friday 15th February 2013
Cumbria Flute Day
Kendal Town Hall
Flutes & Co is delighted to be welcoming Stephen Clark to this year's event at the Town Hall during this coming half term. The day is open to flute players of all ages and abilities (from Grade 1 upwards) and will include workshop activities and ensemble playing. Stephen will be performing with Flutes & Co in a concert at the end of the day. Jonathan Myall from Just Flutes will be selling music and instruments and Arthur Haswell the flute repairer will be available for advice and repairs. Ticket prices are £15 for pupils with £5 entry for teachers. For brochures and application forms to download please visit our website at: or our facebook page at:

15th February 2013
Clarinet Masterclass: Patrick Messina
Henry Wood Room, Royal Academy of Music, London
With Patrick Messina, international soloist, principal clarinet in the Orchestre National de France and Visiting Professor of Clarinet at the Academy. Free, no tickets required

15th – 17th February
Brass Ensembles with Peter Bassano
Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin
The experienced Peter Bassano, virtuoso trombone and sackbut player, Music Director of the Oxford University Sinfonietta, recently appointed as Music Director of the Oxford University Brass Band and a long-standing member of the John Wallace Brass Quintet, leads this exciting and friendly course which is perfect both for pre-formed small brass ensembles and individual players of trumpet, trombone, french horn and tuba. This course is suitable for a wide range of standards from about Grade 4 upwards. Any pre-formed groups will have to be prepared to mix and match with other course members, while individual applicants will be carefully allocated to small ensembles according to aptitude. We hope to explore repertoire ranging from Arnold to Zappa and to play music for larger forces, while Peter, who is also a deeply experienced and sought-after teacher as well as a former trombonist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, will also willingly help out with technical and presentational matters. . Tel: 01462 459446

15th – 17th February 2013
New Year Recorders
Benslow Music Trust Hitchin
The experienced Alyson Lewin helps course members tackle a broad range of styles in this confidence-building course, offering practical advice in musical and technical matters alike. You will gain more from the course if you are a reasonable sight-reader and have some experience of playing with others, and we would like you to be competent at playing at least two sizes of recorder. Please let us know which when you book. A repertoire list will be available before the course. Tel: 01462 459446

15th – 18th February 2013
Flutes en Vacances
Witney Oxfordshire
A long weekend of flute playing at Home Farm, Witney, Oxfordshire for amateur adult players of all levels. Individual help, tone, technique and ensemble coaching. Resident duet partner. Luxury accommodation with home cooking. 12 places maximum with single or twin rooms, some ensuite.
Telephone: 07922169122

16th February 2013
Clarinet Choir Day with Colin Touchin
Northfield Quaker Meeting House, Birmingham
Music will be provided on the day for sight-reading, with a short concert for friends and family at the end of the day. Local clarinettists of grade five standard or above are welcome, particularly alto and bass clarinet players! For booking form or more information contact Alison Kennedy. Tel:  0781 459 2849

17th – 22nd February 2013
Saxophone Week
Knuston Hall, Irchester, Wellingborough, Northants
Tutors: Sarah Jobson, Debbie Scherer, Sarah Markham and Stuart McDonald. This highly successful course is offered to saxophonists with at least two years playing experience. The course will encompass a wide variety of playing opportunities through ensemble coaching and continual tutor support. For maximum benefit participants should have experience in sight-reading. This year’s course will include a talk from an expert in vintage saxophones, with time to try and compare some of the best. Tel:  01933 312104

18th – 21st February 2013
Flutes en Vacances
Witney, Oxfordshire
A 3 day student booster course for all levels of flute player plus friends on sax, clarinet, oboe, recorder, bassoon etc. Ages from 8 to 19 with full pastoral care and home cooking in the beautiful and luxurious setting of Home Farm, Witney, Oxfordshire. Intensive schedule and examination help. Ensemble coaching, tone, technique, daily concert and a lot of fun! Final family concert with all welcome. 16 places maximum.  Telephone: 07922169122

18th – 21st February 2013
Fantastic Flutes
Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin
Another of Zoë Booth’s popular Fantastic Flutes courses. There is plenty to take part in, from flute choirs (with all sizes of flute) and chamber groups to workshops on a variety of flute topics. You can expect some sightreading challenges but at your own level. In addition, all participants will rehearse pieces they have previously prepared on an individual basis with Rachael, the course pianist. Those who wish to may perform in informal concerts or masterclasses, although there is no pressure to do so. Zoë’s supportive approach and expert tips are guaranteed to provide lasting guidance and inspiration. Tel: 01462 459446

18th – 21st February 2013
Quintessential Clarinets for Grades 1 -4
Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin
Shea Lolin's Quintessential Clarinets course is now aimed at players of more modest abilities. Clarinetists of about Grades 1/2 to Grade 4 standards will find Shea a helpful, friendly and motivating tutor. Tel: 01462 459446

27th February 2013
Clarinet Masterclass: Andrew Marriner
Recital Room, Royal Academy of Music, London
With Andrew Marriner, principal clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra and Visiting Professor of Clarinet at the Academy. Free, no tickets required

1st - 3rd March 2013
Come Dance at Benslow and the Benslow Dance Band
Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin
Tutor Roger Moon. Novices and improving dancers alike will benefit from and enjoy our ballroom and Latin dancing course, which for the third successive year runs alongside our well-established Dance Band weekend. With the encouraging expert help of fully qualified dance tutors James and Joanna, you can try your hand (and feet) at the waltz, quickstep, tango, chachacha and others, with one or two dances “in sequence”. Meanwhile the Band will once again experience the sound and style of strict tempo music using published arrangements from the 1930s to 1950s. We’re looking for trumpets, trombones, saxes (perhaps doubling clarinet), violins, guitar, double bass, drums and (at Roger’s discretion) a singer or two. The climax on Sunday will be – what else? – an early Tea Dance. Tel: 01462 459446

2nd March 2013
Bandwise 2013 - Youth Windband Weekend
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus
Bandwise gives young wind, brass and percussion players the opportunity to play a wide variety of music from classics to pops and jazz and to take part in instrumental groups and workshops, all in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

2nd March 2013
Emma Halnan’s Flutewise Club
Edgeworth House, Arlesey, Bedfordshire
Come and join Emma Halnan's fantastic Flutewise Club!
Flute players aged 8-18 from beginners to post Grade 8 will get a great deal out of joining the Flutewise Club in Arlesey with Flutewise Apprentice Emma Halnan. Emma is assisted by local flute teacher Debbie Smith. Everyone is guarenteed to have a great time, improve their flute playing as well as meet like-minded flute players.
Places must be booked in advance and as places are limited, early booking is advised 01273 702367 .

3rd March 2013
East Kent Clarinet Band Playday
The Centre, Alpha Road, Birchington, Kent
A play day exploring clarinet choir music open to all. 01843 846427

3rd March 2013
East Anglian Single Reed Festival
Colchester Institute, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LL
A new date for this perennial favourite. The day will include single reed choirs, novice class, masterclass, jazz workshop and saxophone clinic. There will be music for everyone, and all ages and from grade two up are welcome to play and browse the trade stands.

8th – 10th March 2013
The Camden Wind Ensemble Course
Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin
Simon de Souza spearheads another Camden Wind Ensemble course, so named in honour of bassoonist Kerry Camden who led it for many years. His tutoring lead includes some of the finest of the nation’s players and teachers of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. Participants are welcome to bring their own choice of works, but a range of mainstream and more unusual repertoire will be available. You should be an experienced sight-reader. Please note that this course is designed for individual applicants so members of pre-formed groups must be willing to mix and match as required by the tutors. Tel: 01462 459446

9th March 2013
BFS Leicestershire Flute Day  - In Search of Inspiration
St Anne’s Church, Leicester
Wissam Boustany and Elizabeth Rowan

10th March 2013
Spring Sax Day
Djanogly Arts Centre, University of Nottingham
Course director Alistair Parnell, with Sarah Markham, Naomi Sullivan, Julia Mills and Nicola Pennill A day of saxophone playing, learning and listening for intermediate and advanced sax players (grade five plus) of all ages. Workshops, ensembles and performances.

12th – 14th April 2013
Spring Saxes
Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin
Neil Crossley and Gerard McChrystal lead this friendly course, designed for all players who are of at least Grade 5 standard. We’ll play in large and small ensembles, explore classical, jazz and rock music, and enjoy masterclasses and technique clinics. You can bring any ensemble music that you might want to work on with fellow course participants but Neil and Gerard will also provide a wide selection of material themselves. Please let us know about how experienced you are and what sizes of instrument you will be bringing along when you apply. Tel: 01462 459446

19th – 21st April 2013
Janet Myatt's Introduction to Wind Chamber Music
Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin
Janet Myatt introduces players, who might come as individuals or as newlyestablished ensembles, to one-to-a-part playing in groups of similar abilities. She’s an expert at finding music to suit different combinations of instruments too. Minimum standard expected is roughly Associated Board Grade 3, and Janet likes you to be a reasonable sight reader. Perhaps you are rejuvenating old skills, perhaps you have only just taken up an instrument, or perhaps you are already a competent player but lack experience in ensemble playing. Whatever the case, this is the course for you. Tel: 01462 459446

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