STANDARD: UPPER INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED

Our very popular Summer WindFest returns led by Colin Bradbury, doyen of British clarinettists, Martin Gatt, bassoonist extraordinaire, baroque specialist Jean McCreery, and guest tutors for flute, horn, oboe and piano. You'll have the opportunity to play in groups large and small, to encounter a wide variety of repertoire, and to take part in the traditional last night concert given by participants and tutors. Colin also gives a slightly less informal recital with his tutor colleagues on the final afternoon. You'll need to be at least of confident Upper Intermediate standard (see Guide to Standards on p.6) to get the most out of this course, and the course is also suitable for the most advanced players. We will have over 30 wind players on the course and the tutors will carefully match participants into groups of similar standard - there will also be opportunity for particular groups to stay together for at least part of the time. We are looking for flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, French horns and pianists. All course members need to have strong, confident sight reading abilities; some experience of ensemble playing would be a great advantage. Part time attendance is welcomed, although we may need to delay confirmation until nearer the time. In order to ensure a good balance of instruments, some applicants may be asked to wait a little before their place can be confirmed.

Resident: £585 Non-Resident: £460 Code: 19/504

 

BMILS building – exciting news:

  • Visitors to Benslow Music are alerted to work on a new building for the Benslow Music Instrument Loan Scheme (BMILS), due to start on 23 April 2019.
  • Our normal activity (courses, concerts, events, Bed & Breakfast, visits to the Loan Scheme) will continue as scheduled during the construction period.
  • The building, sympathetically designed by Jon Read of Pentangle Design Group, Hitchin, is to provide specialist storage for the BMILS collection of quality instruments while not on loan, more spacious administration and reception space, a generous workshop for our in-house luthier, and a trial room.
  • The new building is to be located between Fieldfares and the beehives.
  • Access to Fieldfares from Benslow Music will remain as it is currently, via the main drive (or beside Waldeck) to the front door.
  • Construction workers (from the family firm of D B Sharp and Sons, Letchworth) will enter from the gateway to Benslow Lane close to Fieldfares and cross the current drive direct to the building site from beside the Fieldfares garage. This vehicle movement will be carefully managed. The site will be securely fenced, allowing for egress from all doors to Fieldfares.
  • Work is expected to last until late October 2019, taking place on weekdays between 8am and 4pm. There will inevitably be some noise but disruption will be kept to a minimum. We anticipate very little restriction to existing car parking arrangements (but please continue to park sensitively).
  • We trust that this will not have an adverse effect on your stay. Thank you for your understanding.